VISITOR FEEDBACK

If you have any suggestions or comments, regarding links, text, audio/visual media or any other site content, contact:

Charlie Venne - Web Developer - chvenne@llrib.ca
                                               cv2k@hotmail.com
                                               Or use our Contact Form.

Your feedback on any subject is greatly appreciated (comments may be posted on this page at our discretion).

Danielle Fontaine

Sat 4/14/2012 7:07 AM

Thanks you so much for this beautiful Cree version of O’ Canada. I would like to teach it to my students in Ottawa.

Also we will be marching to parliament hill on June 11 and we would like to sing it there as well as we stand for equal education for all First Nations.

Terry Riley

Wed 3/21/2012 12:47 AM

I have just found your site and really enjoy visiting it daily and learning some cree words. My mother was cree and I sure enjoy hearing the cree language.

Mark

Thu 2/2/2012 12:28 PM

Thank you for your excellent web site. Very informative and educational and easy to navigate.

Frank Laliberte

Mon 11/22/2010 12:15 AM

I came across Myles Charles while I was a juvenile at the Potatoe Lake Hostel in the late 70's. I was incarerated there and Myles was working there with his wife. I think her name was Bella. She was the best cook I ever known then. I just wanted to let you know that Myles and his wife are great people and I am privileged to have been a part of their life during my days in La Ronge Hostel. They taught me a lot. And I have learned a lot of Myles teaching back in the days. I just wanted to say hello to him and his family and my the Great Spirit continue to bless him and his loved ones.

I am originally from Beauval, Saskatchewan and I am now living in Bellingham, Washington. A small island called Lummi Island, Washington. I am now working here in Bellingham as an alcohol and drug counselor.

Thank you Myles for being there for me and all of us that were there at the Hostel. You worked us very hard hauling logs, by hand. May you always be there for all the people who need you.

My blessings to you and your family.

jeff bobb

Sat 8/28/2010 8:40 AM

I will greatly appreciate the program you use for the interactive portions of your site. I find the site phenomenil. We, the STO:LO, at least at the school level, are so far behind every body else, it seems. A program such as your's will really give us a boost, and, maybe, hook our youth into promoting, rejuevenating and performing our language, Halq'emeylem (hulk a may limb)

Thanks for any info you will share.

Yalh Yuxw Kw'a's Hoy, Si:ya:ya. (thank you, friend.)

Tom Ferguson Sat 8/28/2010 8:40 AM
Congratulations for providing an excellent resource to teachers and administrators. Principal, Cole Bay/Lakeview School Cole Bay, SK

Nancy Greyeyes

Sun 8/1/2010 1:59 PM

Well since I left La Ronge, I have been doing a lot of sitting around with my Mom we usually have acess to the internet, and so we sometimes come on this website because I am trying to get comfortable speaking cree. Well thanks this is a great site and hope to see you all again soon. Nancy.

Barbara Laderoute

Tue 12/8/2009 1:55 PM

Just wanted to say hi and tell you that you and the staff for the Gift of language website are doing a great job.  Your work and expertise is appreciated by all of us who work with the Cree language.
Tanisi wî-atawîya kayas aspin iwapahtoyahk.. I am glad you are still working in the field of Cree language development.

Christine McKenzie August 23, 2009

Hello to all staff...awesome job on the website.I know my children like to learn things from the website so I would just like to say thank you for it. My question is about the curriculum....who is it available to? Is it strictly for teachers or will it be possible for a student to purchase or use? Another question, are you developing a Dene curriculum as well? Ekosi teniki

Reply by Minnie McKenzie
The curriculum resources are available on the website and they can be downloaded.  The same resources can be purchased by anyone and the order form is also available on-line.  There are Dene resources available and they are listed on the order form.  Thank you for using the website and feel welcome to suggest more language lessons for your children, we will do our best to provide the new innovative language lessons.
Candace (Longjohn) Constant April 19, 2007
This site is amazing Edie, you and your colleagues have done a wonderful job! Everything so far is so interactive its great! Will recommend this site to others like myself who are starving to learn the precious Gift Of Language!
Edna March 6, 2007
Hi! I visit your site quite often and I always find it so interesting, I took a cree course when i went to College but found it to be hard, because I had to keep my other grades which I need to get into a different course. I am so glad that you have it on your site - I want my daughters and others to be able to keep some of our tradions up. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and my prayers will be with you and your site - keep up the good work. You all have a good day and a super week!
Gelene Chastellaine January 26, 2007
Hi there, I just had the opportunity to check out your site. WOW... I think it is great. I have always wanted to learn cree my husband speaks it but I have never learned. I love the language though, maybe I can teach myself now. I also use the numbers in grade 1 to teach my students numbers 1-10 in cree and english. I will be sure to visit often. Great job!!!!
Gail Farmin November 16, 2006
I really have enjoyed your site and think this is very helpful. I'm a plains cree and do not know my language and this is really helpful. I have someone here that is helping me to pronounce alot of it. I try and work on this at home in the evening and get help during the day at work. I can't seem to find the counting and the site where the two gentlemen are having the conversation together.
Reply by Charlie Venne:

I appreciate your comments. Here is the numbers page: http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca/numbersfla.htm
and here is the greetings page:
http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca/greetingsfla.htm

You might also be interested in our picture dictionary: http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca/picture%20dictionary2.html
And our sentence patterns page:
http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca/sp_mainpage.htm

We also so have Cree sing-a-long pages:
http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca/Audio-CDs.htm

Have fun!

I hope you keep checking the site. We are currently in the process of transliterating the TH dialect to both Y and N dialects.

Valerie Wood-(Dene speaker) Alberta October 13, 2006
I have been viewing your site over the past couple of days and I am extremely happy to find a site with such quality work! I think you are fortunate to have such a large team to work collaboratively on this type of project. I am involved in language work and typically work alone because of lack of resources to employ others. I would be happy to hear more about your sources of funding. I am also eager to find out more about the resource kit on Greymornings ASLA. I have been using the method and have not had time to gather the pictures necessary, again due to lack of resources. I love the little 'talking' books! Keep up the good work! I am passing on the site info to others who are also working on language.
Gerard Vandeberg - Montana, USA
April 18, 2006
I teach down here at Stone Child College. I was searching on the Web for Cree stories to include in my little newsletter when I came upon your Web site. Your site is absolutely wonderful. Even though I am very hard of hearing, I could easily follow along with the the Cree audio, even the songs. Bear in mind the I know very little Cree. I have already passed along the URL to your web site to many others here at Stone Child College. I told them it will make their hearts feel good!. Please feel free to email me. By the way I am actually just the computer instructor but I also am on the Culture Committee and work with many Elders.
Randy Morin - FSIN
April 10, 2006
Tansi, I just wanted to say this website is a milestone in Cree progress and development. I just receive this website and was really impressed with it. Its about time someone or some people decided to do something about the language loss of Cree people. There should be more websites developed for this purpose in Sask and Canada. Hai Hai
Judy Pamp - Michigan, USA March 2, 2005
I am from the Anishinabe tribe of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan.  Our language is near extinction, and we are fighting to keep it from fading into history, plus revive it so that our youths start using it.  I am very impressed by the vast amount materials created, the level of professionalism of your language and culture curriculum standards, plus your use of community members in this project.  What a wonderful way to validate the importance of our community members' skills,values, and knowledge. 
I would like to gather more information to see about doing a project for our community.  We are down to less than a handful of elders who are fluent.  We have taught Ojibwa for over ten years in our private school-Saginaw Chippewa Academy without producing one speaker!  They teach it like a special class. 
We realize it's time to change  the way we are approaching the revitalization of our language.  Time is running out for us.

I work for the Ziibiwing Culture Center plus am a community member.  Who would be a good contact person to seek out further guidance in developing our materials, curriculum, and archiving our language? 
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Miigwech, miinwa baamaapii
Thank You and I will talk with you later.
Judy
Karen Middleton - Sasklearning unknown

I would have forwarded this to your tech person, however I do not have his email address. I would appreciate it if you could forward this to the appropriate person.

We are seeking permission to put a link to your website http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca on our Aboriginal languages Cree page http://www.sasklearning.gov.sk.ca/branches/partner_aboriginal/aboriginal_ed/abcree.shtml.

I have looked through your website and really enjoyed it. There is only one piece that I noticed was missing, which is a "contact us" page or link. If someone has questions/comments regarding the website itself, or if they would like to get more information about the program, it would be extremely difficult to figure out who to contact.

Karen Middleton - Administrative Assistant, Aboriginal Education Unit

Reply by Charlie Venne:

Minnie McKenzie send us your email and we appreciate your comments. We have placed a direct link to your page on our site: http://www.giftoflanguageandculture.ca/links.html

We appreciate the link you placed on your site page, and we apologize for any inconvenience we may have placed on anybody trying to contact us.

Web Developer, Curriculum Resource Unit

(We have since renamed our "Comments" page to "Contact Us")