Indigenous Studies (INST) 112

Introductory Cree II

INST 112 course cover

Delivery Mode: Grouped study (check locations)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: INST 111. A senior-level high school Cree course is an acceptable equivalent.

Precluded Course: INST 112 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for NTST 112.

Centre: Nukskahtowin

INST 112 is not available for challenge.

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INST 112 continues the introduction to Plains Cree (Y dialect) grammar and vocabulary with practise in speaking and working in the language laboratory. The course prepares students for INST 211/212, the first-year university Cree course.


Upon completion of INST 112, students will be able to comprehend simple written sentences, converse with relative ease, read with a moderate ability in the Roman orthography, and feel comfortable with a substantial vocabulary. Students will have a basic understanding of Cree culture and protocol, and some exposure to Cree syllabics. The course will increase the students' understanding of the Y dialect with a growing vocabulary, and will increase the students' fluency in spoken Cree.


Each week vocabulary, grammar, and context for various topics are introduced and practised.

  • Week 1: Overview of course, oral tradition and protocols, Cree sounds, introduction to syllabics
  • Week 2: Oral presentations, grammar, greetings, pronouns, verbs, root words
  • Week 3: Conjugating verbs, common expressions, colours, description, verbs, kinship terms
  • Week 4: Presentation by an elder, traditions, discussion
  • Week 5: Cultural knowledge, oral presentations, discussion, project proposals due
  • Week 6: Geography, weather, history: do Indian map, describe land
  • Week 7: Food and preparation, oral presentations, calendar
  • Week 8: Presentation by an elder, feast protocols, discussion
  • Week 9: Health, spiritual, oral presentations
  • Week 10: Traditional Cree teachings, discussion, oral presentations
  • Week 11: Literature, arts, crafts, dances, oral presentations
  • Week 12: Review
  • Week 13: Class project due, course evaluation


To receive credit for INST 112, you must attend the class and laboratory regularly. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignments/Quizzes 25%
Oral Presentation 10%
Mid-term Exam 20%
Class Project 10%
Participation/ Language Lab 5%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Hunter, Emily, Betty Karpinski, and Jean Mulder. 1994. Introductory Cree Part I, Rev. ed. Edmonton: School of Native Studies, University of Alberta.

Hunter, Emily, and Betty Karpinski. 1994. Introductory Cree Part II, Rev. ed. Edmonton: School of Native Studies, University of Alberta.

Plains Cree Glossary

Other materials

The course materials include language laboratory tapes for each unit. You are encouraged to obtain Cree Language Structures: A Cree Approach, by Freda Ahenakew (Winnipeg, Pemmican Publishers, 1987).

Current Grouped Study Locations

Current as of: October-26-2017 10:51

Sorry "inst112" is not offered by Grouped Study at present.

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