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Welcome to the Wasaho Ininîwimowin / Fort Severn Cree Dictionary !

This is web version of a bilingual Ininîwimowin-English and English- Ininîwimowin dictionary, designed specifically for use in the northern Ontario Cree community of Fort Severn (Wasaho).

Two types of syllabics spelling are provided for each entry:

  1. the Syllabic spelling system with the dot which represents the w (also called the w-dot) is on the left, the same way it is used by Wawatay News,
    and as decided on by the Cree of Ontario at the Syllabic spelling conference held in 1996. (see the document entitled
    Omushkego Cree Syllabic Project: Final Report). For example: ᐧᐋᐳᐡ, wâposh.
  2. the Syllabic system with the w-dot on the right, as in other Western syllabics. For example: ᐚᐳᐡ, wâposh.

The dictionary can be searched in English, Cree roman, Cree syllabics, using any of the two above spelling systems.

If you click on Options, you can change the search settings.

FortSevern Web Dictionary Guide

Marguerite MacKenzie
Web dictionary development:
Marie-Odile Junker and Marguerite MacKenzie
Web database programming and syllabic conversions:
Delasie Torkornoo
Funding to develop the web version:
SSHRC (grant # 435-2014-1199)
ISBN: # 9780770905866


Cree speakers in Fort Severn who assisted in collecting and checking the words in this dictionary:

  • Moses Kakekaspin
  • Victoria Matthews
  • Sally Matthews
  • Absolum Matthews
  • Barbara Matthews
  • Ila Miles
  • Nancy Stoney
  • Archie Stony
  • Terri Swain
  • Edna Thomas
  • Gordon Thomas
  • Kathleen Thomas
  • Aglius Thomas
  • Alice Thomas
  • Bessie Turtle
Funding for the 2005 print version:
  • John Stanley, Workplace Preparation Branch, Ontario Ministry of Education and Training
  • Ifka Filipovich, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council
Templates for the Introduction and Glossary and coordination of the dictionary projects in 2005:
  • Rand Valentine
Checking and formatting the final print version in 2005:
  • Bill Jancewicz
Assistance with lodging and facilities:
  • Matthew Kakekaspin
  • Ann Marie Levi
  • Dianna McCullogh