Alberta Elders’ Cree Dictionary

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Alberta Elders' Cree Dictionary
Alberta Elders’ Cree Dictionary

Cree is the most widespread native language in Canada. The Alberta Elders’ Cree Dictionary is a highly usable and effective dictionary that serves students, business, governments, and media. Designed for speakers, students, and teachers of Cree; includes Cree-English and English-Cree sections.

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From the Back Cover

This remarkable dictionary includes extensive Cree-English and English-Cree sections:

  • Parts of Speech
  • A “New Terms” supplement to the English-Cree section
  • Appendices on kinship terms, months and numbers, and
  • Terms commonly used in government, courts and other institutions

The Cree people constitute the largest Aboriginal group in Alberta, and many other Cree speakers live across Canada. This dictionary is based upon both Northern Cree (the “TH” dialect) and Plains Cree (the “Y” dialect).

Work on the dictionary began in the mid 1970s through the initiative of Nancy LeClair, a Cree nun from Hobbema. The dictionary has since had many other generous and dedicated contributors from among Alberta’s Cree speakers.

Despite its many years in the making, this dictionary will continue to grow and change along with a living language, helping Cree youth become more fluent in their language, and providing a bridge for others to appreciate its beauty.

About the Author

Nancy LeClaire and George Cardinal; Edited by Earle Waugh

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