Cree, Western in Canada


Population
77,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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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People Name General Cree, Western
People Name in Country Cree, Western
Population in Canada 77,000
World Population 109,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Western Cree
People ID 15362
ROP3 Code 110777
Country Canada
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North central Manitoba, scattered west across Saskatchewan and central Alberta to the foot of the Rocky Mountains; isolated enclave in British Columbia.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Canada
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North central Manitoba, scattered west across Saskatchewan and central Alberta to the foot of the Rocky Mountains; isolated enclave in British Columbia..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Cree, Plains (77,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: crk   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Cree, Western
Dialect Code: 194   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Cree, Plains (77,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: crk   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Cree, Western
Dialect Code: 194   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Cree, Plains

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1847-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1859-1999)
Complete Bible Yes   (1861-1908)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Cree, Plains
General Four Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
3.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
7.0 %
Protestant
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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