Cree 100 final Project

Well another semester comes to an end. When I had to think about taking a second language class Cree was no the first one that came to mind. Everyone was talking about how beneficial taking French would be seeing as it it the official second language and all.

Well as i have gone through the education program i have come to realise how important the First Nations people and their cultures are to not only me but the community and country as a whole. In my teaching english as a second language class i learned a lot about identity and how language is a very important of that. I also have learned that the cree language along with many other First Nations languages are quickly dieing or have died. As a educator and a person who lives on treaty 4 land i need to do what i can to help restore the lost language and honour those who were here first. This is why i chose to take Cree and my language class. I can learn about the history, the language it self, and maybe even help someday to bring it back.

So check out my final cree project, i made a video describing myself and a bit of what i have learned this semester.

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Youtube Video response blog. Indigenous language revitalization!

This video is an interesting one and made me really think about what it is to really own something. This is not something I really thought of growing up. I mean why would I, when i grew up in a white based culture, where everything is based on ownership. Your parents own your house, it is on a piece of land they ‘own’ and have to pay taxes for, we pay a water bill every month. However, as i have been going through university and thinking about all we are learning about first nations people and how they respect the land, and live with it I have thought about this concept.

I really enjoyed when April talks about how her conversation with her niece would have been different when she learned about this concept of no ownership of anything in the natural world. When she says she would have asked what she learned from the bug, and about their connection. To think about how she would start to see the world differently, she would be able to learn that everything in the natural world including us is connected in some way. Not only for Aprils niece, but for all of us, I think if more people started to think about the world not as possessions but as a place to live with we would not be facing some of the major problems of today.

I truly feel that our world would be a more beautiful place if we were not trying to force this new age look to it. By doing this we are destroying all we have good. Look at the deforestation numbers in the world. Since the beginning of agriculture we have lost almost 47% of all the trees on earth, all so someone can make some money? I think if we were to stop and listen and learn from our first nations people, we could start to bring back a world i am proud to live in.

What will i Learn in Cree 100

Tansi all.

Here i am thinking about my final project for cree, and it seems funny that the semester is already almost half over. I like to think i am creative but when i think about these projects, i feel lost. This is not because i don’t want to do it, i am very excited. I just would not want to mess up. I find that any language is a sacred one, and it is important to be true to it as you would a culture.

With this said, i think i am going to try and make a cree cartoon. I am hoping to be able to use this in my classroom if i can. This will help me and my future students learn a little about the cree culture. So what do you think?