The Cree Language

Plains Cree is spoken in Northeastern British Columbia as well as in large parts of Alberta, Sasketchewan, and Manitoba. There are also many speakers of Cree in other parts of British Columbia.

The indigenous name for Plains Cree is /ne:hiyawe:win/ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ. The English name Cree is borrowed from the French Cri, a contraction of Kiristineaux, the French rendering of the name of a Cree-speaking group in the James Bay area.

Cree is an Algonquian language.


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