Cree Language Resources

CREE LANGUAGE RESOURCES

 

The Cree language belongs to the Algonquian language family, which has many dialects. There are five major Cree dialects: Plains Cree (Western), Woodlands Cree (Northern), Swampy Cree (Central), Moose Cree, and Eastern Cree.

Over 117,000 people across Canada speak Cree, while it was noted in the 2016 census, 356,655 people identified as having Cree ancestry.

An sample of the different dialects is where the Plains Cree use the letter “y” in some words, the Woods Cree would use the letters “th” and the Swampy Cree would use “n.” E.g. The Plains Cree, speakers of the y dialect, refer to their language as nēhiyawēwin, whereas Woods Cree speakers say nīhithawīwin, and Swampy Cree speakers say nēhinawēwin. (Sources: Canadian Encyclopedia and Wikipedia Cree Language.)

The Plains Cree, the largest dialect numbers at over 34,000, and are mostly found in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta in Canada, and Montana in the United States.

paskwawi-mostos (Paskwāwimostos) (Paskwa mostos)

Cree Literacy Network

The Cree Literacy Network was created in 2010 to promote Cree language and cultural literacy, in oral form, and through literacy materials (in Cree and English) that use Standard Roman Orthography.

Cree literacy songs for kids

Nehiyawewin.ca

The purpose of this site is to assist in the preservation of Nêhiyawêwin (Cree y dialect) and Nêhiyaw culture. Nehiyawewin.ca is a collaborative initiative between the authors, speakers, teachers, singers etc. who graciously offered their materials and services which make up our resources.

Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Native Languages of the Americas: Cree

Cree Language Guide

Online Cree Dictionary

Visit the Online Cree Dictionary / Nehiyaw Masinahikan

Cree Syllabics Table

Cree Pronunciation and Spelling Guide