Cree Language Department Health Lexicon

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:32 -- Tracy Wysote
TitleCree Language Department Health Lexicon
Publication TypeResearch
Year of Publication1991
Corporate AuthorsBand Cof the Mis

Introduction to the Health Lexicon

For centuries the Cree language has served Cree people very well. Especially in the area of land and hunting terms, the rich vocabulary allowed a speaker to be very precise.

Today however, terminology from the outside has come into the Cree world. Increasingly, in order to be able to continue being precise it in necessary to develop new words to translate the many new items and concepts that are becoming a part of daily life.

The encouragement to start providing the new words was initiated by Mistissini’s Public Health Co-ordinator applying for a research project. This project was funded by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and administered by the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay. We are very thankful to them for their financial assistance. With their support and interest the Cree Language division of the Band Office commenced work on a English to Cree Health lexicon.

Since this was the first time for a project of this nature, it was necessary to lay a foundation of trained personnel, collection procedures, computer programs and process for testing the terms.

The collecting of terms for this booklet will be an ongoing project. Publishing the lexicon is only the beginning of the process. The most important part of this project is that the new terms become used and that in due time become a fixed part of Cree vocabulary.

The Cree language project encourages any contributions or comments that anyone may have concerning the content of this initial effort.