Southern tip of James Bay, Moosonee, Ontario. This community and surrounding area (Moose Factory, Ontario). Has speakers of Moose Cree, East Cree, and Swampy Cree in it.
York Cree, West Shore Cree, West Main Cree
Nonpalatalized l-dialect within Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi language complex or dialect cluster.
Algic -> Algonquian -> Central -> Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi -> Moose Cree
4,500. All Cree first-language speakers in Canada 87,555 (1998 Statistics Canada). Ethnic population: 5,000 (1982 SIL).
Vigorous. Speakers also use English.
Literacy rate in first language: 5% to 10%. Literacy rate in second language: 75% to 100%. Cree syllabary, eastern finals. Grammar. NT: 1876.