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FNUniv professor preserving Cree language through stories and humour

REGINA — What began as a task to create Cree text books for the classroom has taken on a whole new urgency for one author.

On Wednesday, Solomon Ratt, associate professor for Cree language at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), launched his book Woods Cree Stories — and he couldn’t be happier.

It took two years to complete the book project, which includes stories written in Cree, Cree syllabics and English.

“It allows the stories to go out into the schools to the children, so they could hear the stories and have a lot of good laughs,” he said after the book launch.

Ratt said Cree resources are scarce, so the stories in his book were created in his classes.

“There are very few people out there who write in Cree,” he said. “So there are no books available like (there is) in English. You can go to the library and have a lot of books in English — no problem. Cree it’s another matter.”

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Updated: August 4, 2016 — 4:22 pm

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  1. I’m am cree Indian and I would love to learn about my tribal

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