#CreeSimonSays Engages Language Learners on Social Media
#CreeSimonSays is a social media group that offers a safe online environment for anyone who wants to learn the Cree language in a fun, easy, and simple way.
In 2015, Simon Bird created the Facebook group, #CreeSimonSays, with the aim of having fun while helping others connect and learn Cree. Originally from Southend, Reindeer Lake, Bird is a fluent and passionate Cree speaker. He has a Bachelor of Education degree, Master of Education degree, and a Master of Northern Governance & Development degree and works as the Education Director for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. At 6:00 am every Monday through Friday, he logs onto the Facebook group and leads participants through interactive learning activities on Facebook Live. Learners listen and follow what Cree Simon says: it’s as simple as saying “May you kiss a cow”, pronounced “May you geese sih gow”. In Cree, this means “miyo kisikāw”, and in English “it’s a good day”. His social media posts include Cree and English words, common pictures and film clips revised with Cree expressions and phrases, and picture word games used as cues to help people learn the language. The overall goals are to help participants: identify various levels of learning and find common ground with other language learners; become familiar with downloadable apps that can help them learn and teach Cree; and learn the basics of speaking an Indigenous language.
Please note: The quality of the audio and video in each interview on NCCIE.CA may vary. NCCIE has been a capacity- and skills-building project for students and youth. They have been "learning-through-doing," learning how to arrange and conduct interviews while, at the same time, gaining experience with the technology.