The Grand Council of the Crees

Cree Regional Authority: Cree Culture and Language

The Mandate Fulfilled

Posted: 1997-11-00

The Cree Language and Culture Conference was discussed by the Council of Commissioners on numerous occasions. On April 10 and 11, 1996 it was discussed as a way of bringing the various departments of the Cree School Board together to cooperate in the delivery of Cree as the language of instruction and to improve the Teacher Training Program.

On December 10, 11 and 12, 1996, on February 4, 1997 and again on March 12, 13 and 14, 1997 the practicalities of the Conference were discussed. On the latter date, resolution No.CC 97-012 was adopted to facilitate organization of the Conference. Progress reports were presented on June 10, 11, and 12 and again on September 16 and 17, 1997.

Reports on the proceedings were discussed at the Council after the Conference on December 9, 10,and 11, 1997 and the committee was set up to write and compile the final report.

The Resolution on the Conference (CC97-012) cited the need to inform the Cree public on the Cree School Board Policy on Cree as the Language of Instruction, Cree Literacy Training for Cree Teachers, the Cree Syllabic Writing System, Cree Language and Cree Culture Programs and the Production of Cree Material for Educational Use.

It raised the fact that increasingly the Cree School Board Programs are becoming community and culturally based. Moreover the resolution cited the need to gather the elders, youth, parents and teachers in order to discuss the role of the Cree Language in our schools and in our workplaces. The resolution also cited the need to involve the Cree entities and communities in this opportunity to come together to discuss the use of Cree in the workplace.

All of these objectives have been met by the Cree School Board Conference on Language and Culture.