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Cree, Plains in Canada

Cree, Plains

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
80,000 Cree, Plains Christianity 97.00 % 10.00 % No   

Cree, Plains in Canada

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Introduction / History
The Plains Cree are one of the larger First Nations people groups in North America. They live throughout the prairies of Western Canada in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan with a few in the U.S. in Montana. Some also live in the boreal forests of Alberta. Their communities are scattered throughout the area in a loose network of reserves and nonreserve settlements, as well as in larger towns and urban centers.

Most of the Plains Cree are professing Christians belonging to a variety of denominations, though predominantly Catholic, Anglican, or Pentecostal. However, traditional spiritual beliefs and practices remain strong, even among Christians. Many see Christianity as dealing with the afterlife, whereas traditional ways deal with the issues and problems of daily life.

Faced with such challenges as high levels of poverty and unemployment, the Plains Cree have made some gains in raising their economic status. Cree language instruction has been established in some schools and colleges, and efforts to encourage higher education among young people have raised the level of education in recent decades. However, in spite of these gains, Plains Cree continue to lag far behind the majority of Canadians in economic status. High rates of alcoholism and suicide and the breakdown of traditional cultural values have weakened family ties and the underlying cultural fabric. A revived sense of cultural identity is evident in the resurgence of cultural ceremonies such as the Sun Dance, as well as the revival of traditional religion, and a small but growing corpus of language materials and published texts.

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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North central Manitoba, scattered west across Saskatchewan and central Alberta to the foot of the Rocky Mountains; isolated enclave in British Columbia.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Cree, Plains
People Name General: Cree, Plains
Alternate People Names:
Western Cree
ROP3 Code: 110777
Joshua Project People ID: 15362
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 80,000
Population all Countries: 82,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
People Name General: Cree, Plains
Ethnic Code: MIR38a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Cree, Plains (80,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): crk    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Cree, Western
Dialect Code:194
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity97.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions3.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican3.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant5.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian7.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1847-1992
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1861-1908
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Cree, Plains
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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