Cree Indians

The largest Indian tribe of Canada, whose former territory was Manitoba, Assiniboia, and Saskatchewan. Of Algonquian stock, they were good-natured, honest, without clan system, and polygamous. The French Jesuits first evangelized the Crees, c.1731. Later missionaries were Oblates, assisted by the Grey Nuns. Among Protestant missionaries was Reverend James Evans who invented the Cree syllabary. The tribe now numbers 15,000, two-thirds on Manitoba reservations. The majority of the Christian portion is Catholic.

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