MESC Learning Services Announces Syllabics for Chromebooks

Congratulations to Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission’s MESC Learning Services, and to all of our friends at University of Alberta’s AltLabs (especially you, Eddie Santos) on your collaboration with Google (through Software Engineer Craig Cornelius) to integrate Plains Cree syllabics into Google Chrome, facilitating Plains Cree syllabics on Chromebooks.

As MESC writes, “This is an historic first, and we are thrilled that MESC played a role in the preservation and promotion of ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ / nehiyawewin for Maskwacîs and anyone interested in learning Plains Cree syllabics in the world.

ᒐᐦᑭᐯᐦᐃᑫᐏᐣ / cahkipehikewin (Cree syllabics) are essential to teaching and learning Nehiyawewin as the symbols express the correct sounds used in Cree words and phrases that strengthen language skills and îyinîw mâmitonehicikan (Cree thought) for awâsisak (children) êkwa oskâyak (and youth).

For more information and how to install the Plains Cree syllabics into Google Chrome (including one of Eddie’s incredibly helpful tutorials), visit:

Learn more about AltLab, and its collaboration with MESC, First Nations University (and even the Cree Literacy Network) in developing 21st-century language tools, including the online itwêwina dictionary, (You can find more of Eddie’s really helpful tutorials there, too!)

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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