Free Online: Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin by Jean L. Okimāsis

Wonderful news from Arok Wolvengrey and Cree Literacy Network Honorary Founder Jean Okimâsis. Her classic title is now available online for “open access” – which means everyone is welcome to download a copy for their own use. Thanks to the University of Regina Press for making this happen! 

Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin by Jean L. Okimāsis

University of Regina Press is pleased to announce the release of its updated Cree language resource package titled Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin by Jean L. Okimāsis. Jean is a leading scholar in the preservation and teaching of the Cree language. At First Nations University of Canada—formerly Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC), Jean was a driving force behind the establishment of the Department of Indian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, for which she served as the first department head (1985-1988) and for a second term before her retirement from teaching (in 2002). She also contributed greatly to the creation of the first and only full degree programs in First Nations languages—Cree and Saulteaux (Ojibway)— in Canada. Cree: Language of the Plains was originally available from SIFC in many editions and printings through the 1980s and 1990s. Jean’s books and CDs are currently used in Cree language programs throughout western Canada.

Cree: Language of the Plains is a comprehensive introductory educational resource, offering a broad range of learning materials that is easily accessible to all Cree language learners, students and community alike regardless of their location of study. This collection includes an updated and redesigned Cree language textbook, Cree language audio labs, and a Cree language workbook. These materials have been published as open access resources, which allows users to download and share these materials with others in print and digital format for free. The audio labs are also being released as a podcast this fall.

“I am especially pleased that this work has been made available in the open access format, allowing those who wish to learn and/or reclaim nēhiyawēwin (Plains Cree) for themselves,” says Dr. Okimāsis.

These Cree language resources are available to download, to print out, or to read online—free of charge—at:

For more information on this new publication, please contact

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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