Cree, Western in Canada

Population

73,200

Christian

97.0%

Evangelical

10.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Plains Cree are one of the larger First Nations people groups in North America. They live throughout the prairies of Western Canada in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan with a few in the U.S. in Montana. Some also live in the boreal forests of Alberta. Their communities are scattered throughout the area in a loose network of reserves and nonreserve settlements, as well as in larger towns and urban centers.

Most of the Plains Cree are professing Christians belonging to a variety of denominations, though predominantly Catholic, Anglican, or Pentecostal. However, traditional spiritual beliefs and practices remain strong, even among Christians. Many see Christianity as dealing with the afterlife, whereas traditional ways deal with the issues and problems of daily life.

Faced with such challenges as high levels of poverty and unemployment, the Plains Cree have made some gains in raising their economic status. Cree language instruction has been established in some schools and colleges, and efforts to encourage higher education among young people have raised the level of education in recent decades. However, in spite of these gains, Plains Cree continue to lag far behind the majority of Canadians in economic status. High rates of alcoholism and suicide and the breakdown of traditional cultural values have weakened family ties and the underlying cultural fabric. A revived sense of cultural identity is evident in the resurgence of cultural ceremonies such as the Sun Dance, as well as the revival of traditional religion, and a small but growing corpus of language materials and published texts.




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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Cree, Western
People Name in Country Cree, Western
Population in Canada 73,200
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Western Cree
Affinity Bloc North American Peoples
People Cluster North American Indigenous
People Name General Cree, Western
Ethnic Code MIR38a
Country Canada
Continent North America
Region North America and Caribbean
10/40 Window No
Location in Country North central Manitoba west across Saskatchewan and central Alberta to the foot of Rocky Mountains
People Group Map Cree, Western in Canada PDF Version



Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Cree, Plains: Cree, Western (73,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Cree, Plains: Cree, Western 73,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1847-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1859-1999)
Complete Bible Yes   (1861-1908)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Cree, Plains
General Four Spiritual Laws
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
97%    ( Evangelical  10% )
Ethnic Religions
3.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
3.00%
Independent
5.00%
Protestant
5.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
7.00%
Roman Catholic
80.00%
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