Cree language podcast uses local stories and culture to preserve history

 

There's a really cool ALL CREE podcast you need to check out from Northern Quebec called Eeyou Istchee. It was created by 29-year old Nick Wapachee from Nemaska, which is one of nine Cree communities that make up the Eeyou Istchee Nation. 

(Eeyou Istchee, a podcast spoken entirely in Cree, was created by 29-year old Nick Wapachee from Nemaska, Que. (Photo by Amanda Quinn, cbc.ca)

Most people in his community speak Cree as their first language and he wanted to create a podcast for the youth to hear stories from the elders in their own laguage.

"There's always this emphasis of really trying to maintain Cree culture and Cree language. That's always been the heart of our nation." said Nick, "When we see a decline in Indigenous languages across Canada, it's disheartening and it's very sad. To have a podcast all in Cree - it brings hope and a sense of pride in knowing that the Cree language is still strong in our communities."

Wapachee produces the podcast with his girlfriend Amanda Quinn.

 

 

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