Led by Cree language educator Lorraine George, Ivana Yellowback and
Darcy Waite learn their Cree language in this fun, easy-to-follow web series that's all about language reclamation.
Ivana and Darcy meet Lorraine, and she teaches them some of the basics of their language. Learning Cree isn't easy, but Ivana and Darcy have a great teacher!
Back to School
Lorraine takes Ivana and Darcy to the classroom to learn counting, and the alphabet. Darcy also learns to use scissors safely and gets a B- on a craft.
Lorraine uses illustrations to teach about the words for family, including pets. Darcy decides he wants peyak, no…neso…no nisto…no newo…no NINYANAN dogs!
Darcy brings Ivana and Lorraine into his bachelor pad to learn about words around the home. Ivana and Lorraine even help Darcy clean the place up!
Ivana brings Darcy and Lorraine to the office to learn some important basics, including, “where is the bathroom?” and Darcy’s favourite, “where are the snacks?”
On the Town
Ivana is dressed up and ready to go out, and Darcy promises not to cramp her style. Lorraine has some tips for Darcy about flirting in Cree.
At the Zoo
Animals! So cute! There are so many at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, including many of the sacred animals. There is also popcorn! And ice cream!
At a Gathering
Lorraine, Ivana, and Darcy exchange some cultural teachings, including the Cree words for some of the sacred medicines.
The Grocery Store
It’s time to get ready for Ivana and Darcy’s ultimate test - they will host a feast for Lorraine, and speak only Cree. But first, they need to shop!
At their feast, Ivana and Darcy, with Lorraine’s support, have a great time bringing together everything they’ve learned in Cree. They still have much to learn, but they are off to a great start!
Ivana and Darcy have had some time off since their last language lesson. Lorraine sets up a test that challenges their language skills…there can be only one winner (or maybe everyone wins!).
In the Kitchen
Lorraine shows Ivana and Darcy how to cook in Cree - from utensils, to basic ingredients, to cooking techniques. Darcy surprises everyone with his delicious bannock, and Lorraine surprises Darcy and Ivana with a delicious pie!
For a long time, Indigenous people in Canada were prevented from speaking their language and practicing their culture. Lorraine introduces Darcy and Ivana to some sacred words, and they share their thoughts on the seven sacred teachings.
At the Mall
It’s time for Darcy to get some new fits, so it’s off to Tyndall Market Mall! Ivana offers Darcy some fashion advice, and they learn the words for shopping in Cree…before stopping off at the food court.
At the Park
A lot of fun can be had in the great outdoors, with sports, games like tag and running races, and even a picnic! Riding the swings, going on a slide, and even traditional games like tossing the ball are extra fun in Cree!
Darcy and Ivana are not dating - but what if, hypothetically, someone wanted to go on a date? Is Cree the language of love? Lorraine chaperones…and sets a plan to test out some language on her own sweetie!
A Walk in Nature
Lorraine begins to wrap things up for Ivana and Darcy, as their time together is coming to a close. They both express what learning their language means to them as they walk in nature, and learn the words for the natural world.
The Students Become the Teacher
Lorraine invites some of her young students to test Ivana and Darcy. These kids are great at Cree, and it is a fun and moving experience to connect to the next generation through language.