Blackfoot

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Blackfeet, Niitsipowahsin, Pied Noir, Pikanii, Siksika(ipowahsin)
Autonym
ᓱᖽᐧᖿ‎ (Siksiká)
Population

L1 users: 3,250 (2011 census), decreasing. Few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 15,000. Total users in all countries: 3,350.

Location

Alberta province: Blackfoot, Blood, and Piegan reserves.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Piegan (Peigan), Blood (Kainaa), Siksika.

Language Use

Some traditional ceremonies. Mainly adults. Positive attitudes. Also use Plains Cree [crk]. Also use English [eng], which is preferred by younger speakers.

Language Development
Efforts in some reserve schools to promote knowledge and use of Blackfoot. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1890–1980.
Writing

Latin script [Latn]. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script [Cans], no longer in use.

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