Cree is one of the most widely used native languages in North America and is spoken across Canada, from Alberta to Labrador, by approximately 50,000 speakers.
The word Cree is the name given to a closely related yet diverse group of Algonquian languages that were spoken in Canada long before English. The Cree language is divided into five major dialects, accounting for their regional variations: Western/Plains Cree, Northern/Woodlands Cree, Central/Swampy Cree, Moose Cree, and Eastern Cree.
Cree dialects are traditionally written using Cree syllabics, but can also be written using the Roman alphabet.
At Ashmont all students recieve Cree language and cultural instruction. We even begin every day with prayer and smudging.