Online Nehiyaw Language Classes for Beginners, Fall 2020

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  • Nehiyaw for Beginners
    November 9, 2020 - January 25, 2021
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join us for this unique opportunity for adults interested in learning Nehiyaw!

Online Nehiyaw Language Classes for Beginners, Fall 2020

Dates: November 9, 2020 to January 25, 2021 (20 sessions)
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:00 — 8:00 pm (Mountain Time)

Location: Online (Via Zoom)

Online Registration: Because of COVID and the fact that we all work remotely, we only accept online registrations and payments. When you click on PayPal for payment, you will have the option of paying with Credit/Debit card or proceed with PayPal.

REGAIN your lost language and RECONNECT with your cultural identity.

Beginners ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ Language Lessons is a course designed for adult language learners who have little or no prior knowledge or instruction in the language. This course covers an introduction to the 8-direction, 44-symbol, 14-consonant star chart system. Time will be spent on learning and practicing correct articulation of each sound. Basic vocabulary including numbers, kinship, and greetings will be covered. By the end of the course, students should be able to draw the start chart and articulate each sound accurately. Students should be able to introduce themselves and have a short conversation in the language.

Meet the2020-2021 Team:

Reuben Quinn, Program Coordinator and Instructor: Reuben has been working with Aboriginal youth and adults within Edmonton for 16 years. He has been a Cultural coordinator and Cree instructor for Edmonton Public Schools, Mother Earth Children’s Charter School, as well as the Edmonton Young Offender Center.  Reuben grew up in the residential school era and when the Blue Quills School was taken over by the Aboriginal community, there was a resurgence of language and cultural teachings. Reuben credits the late Mrs. Rosanna Houle for reviving the Nehiyaw (Cree) Cahkipeyihkanah and teaching it to all the students who had been liberated from residential school. The Nehiyaw Cahkipeyihkanah, or as some refer to it ’the Star Chart’, is a tool Reuben uses for teaching the Cree language.

Angela Van Essen, Teaching Assistant: Angela is a mistikwaskisin iskwew (a Dutch-Canadian woman) whose parents were born in Holland, and she has been learning nêhiyawêwin (the Plains Cree language) since 2008. She has worked as a teacher and as a teacher’s assistant in a variety of contexts, including Cree language classes, English literature classes, Film Studies courses, and English and a Subsequent Language classes. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, and writes about language learning, Indigenous language rights, and the wonderful complexity of nêhiyawêwin in her doctoral work on bilingual Cree-English poetry. She has published articles in Canadian Literature, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and Writing on the Edge. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of English and Film at the University of Alberta.

Chad Whitford, Teaching Assistant: Chad is an entrepreneur from amiskosâkahikanihk (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) and is currently living in amiskwaciywâskahikan (Edmonton), he is experienced in designing and selling indigenized products. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Chad spent nine years’ in retail management as a store manager and department manager. For the last three years’ Chad has been further developing his nêhiyawêwin through the Centre for Race and Culture, he has been implementing and modernizing nehiyaw syllabics into his artwork.