||34,000 in Canada (1982 SIL). Population total all countries: 34,100. Ethnic population: 53,000.
||North central Manitoba westward across Saskatchewan and central Alberta to the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Also spoken in USA.
||Plains Cree, Western York Cree, Northern Alberta Cree. Nonpalatalized y-dialect within Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi language complex or dialect cluster.
||Algic, Algonquian, Central, Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi
||Vigorous in many communities mainly in the north. All ages. Speakers also use English.
||Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 75%. Cree syllabary. Grammar. Bible: 1861–1908.