Wiih'teh Paranormal (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

From strange sightings on remote highways to visitors from another realm, there are lots of creepy stories about paranormal activity in Eeyou Istchee. But what do you call a UFO in Cree? In this episode, Mary and Betsy speak with Ernie Webb, producer of a TV series called Indians and Aliens, about some of the unique Cree terms we use to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:21:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Alphabet (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Betsy and Mary learned the Cree alphabet as children, and still sing the Eh-ee-ou-ah song in the studio from time to time. But some parts of the alphabet are only used by those who speak the Northern dialect. In this episode, Betsy and Mary speak with language teacher Mary Jane Petawabano to break down the different sounds and syllabics that ...
  • 2020
  • 00:22:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Justice (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Court interpreters like Pakesso Mukash have a challenging job. They translate every precise detail of the criminal charges, testimony, legal arguments and sentences from English into Cree and vice versa. In this episode, Betsy and Mary talk to Pakesso about how to express concepts such as probation, acquittal, judgement and guilt.
  • 2020
  • 00:21:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Wiih'teh Weather words (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

After years of reading weather forecasts every day, Betsy still isn’t sure how to say “drizzle” in Cree. In this episode, she and Mary talk about all the specific and poetic ways to describe the weather in Cree. Our guest is Freddie Dixon, a radio announcer from Waswanipi.
  • 2020
  • 00:13:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

The Journal Grassy Narrows: Community in crisis

This clip from The Journal looks at the troubling violence, addiction and despair afflicting the tiny reserve town of Grassy Narrows, just north of Kenora, Ontario. The social crisis there intensified despite — some say because of — the good intentions of governments and "do-gooders," as described by reporter Keith Morrison. The province's forced relocation of Anishinaabe residents, and its later feeble ...
  • 1983
  • 00:13:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Eden Robinson on Son of a Trickster

In Son of a Trickster, celebrated Haisla and Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson tells the story of a 16-year-old named Jared who is known in his community for making the best weed cookies and for having a scary mom. Jared takes care of his struggling family the best he can and shrugs off the fact that the ravens are talking to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Jesse Thistle on From the Ashes

Métis-Cree writer Jesse Thistle talks about how our own story can emerge from getting the "small fragments of our experience" down on the page. In his memoir, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, Thistle describes how he transformed his life — from being homeless and struggling with addiction to winning awards in academia. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:05:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2020

Wiih'teh Months and seasons (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Feasting, flowers and birds in flight. These are some of the ways we identify the months of the year in Cree. Betsy and Mary discover many differences between inland and coastal words for these seasonal shifts. Joshua Kawapit of Whapmagoostui joins us to share what he’s learned about how to describe the months.
  • 2020
  • 00:16:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

Wiih'teh Ouwah! (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

What do you say when you’re surprised, shocked or outraged? Cree from different communities have unique expressions and interjections. In this episode, Mary and Betsy speak with translator Brian Webb, who also owns the Ouwah Store in Chisasibi, as well as colleague Marjorie Kitty about these colourful exclamations.
  • 2020
  • 00:19:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

Wiih'teh Traditional names (ᐄᓅ ᐊᔨᒧᐎᓐ / Cree / Cri)

Generations of Cree were pressured by the church and government to give their children English or French names. Now, young parents are reclaiming traditional naming practices. In this episode, Mary and Betsy talk about which Cree names are trending right now. Elder Thomas Coon shares the history of the practice, and Whapmagoostui mother Melissa Natachequan explains how she chose her ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/21/2020

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