Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms – Free Download

Update as of September 2022: Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms is now available for free download through Open Text Books:


Sincere thanks to Arzu Sardarli who has given us permission on behalf of his team to share their award-winning Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms for Elementary School as a free downloadable PDF. This first-of-its-kind mathematical dictionary is especially valuable to teachers (and students!) working in an immersion environment.

English mathematical terminology was gathered from various math curriculum documents, explained and/or paraphrased in English, and then rendered in Cree by master speakers: 

  • Elder Jerry Saddleback (Northern Plains y-dialect speaker from Maskwacîs, Alberta)
  • Willie Ermine (Plains Cree y-dialect speaker from Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan)
  • Ida Swan (Woods Cree th-dialect speaker from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan).

Solomon Ratt (who is both a master speaker and master speller) provided essential SRO editorial assistance. 

Since all available print copies were immediately distributed to Cree classrooms, we are very proud to host this PDF link to help expand its reach.

Click here to download your own copy: Cree Dictionary of Mathematics Terms for Elementary Classes

Thanks to Arzu for also posting the RCE Award presentation on YouTube, including his description of how the dictionary came about:

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