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Pronunciation Key Indigenous language
ai-la-cross Michif
 Map location of Île-à-la-Crosse, SK

Map location of Île-à-la-Crosse, SK

Aerial photo of the Île-à-la-Crosse community

Photo: Courtesy of the Northern Village of Île-à-la-Crosse


Île-à-la-Crosse si aykwawnima kaw-kihkawnawkwahk aen Michif alawntour avek ay-shouhkawstayw michiminitouwina ish la tayr pi li tawn’d kayawsh katakoowin ishi li pwel mayshkoutoonikaywin. Ooma en pchit vil outisikow soon nom ouschi ou kours li zhoo’d plot a la game ishpee kaw-ihtakow daw la plaes. Ooma Michif la lawngaezh nakwun ishpee wiput 1800’s pi si mawnuww ashtaywa La prayree awn Cree pi li piyee L’Anwglay pi L’Kenayaen. Peekishwawchiikawtayw ouschi iyikouhk en mil di moond. (Awkihtawshoowin 2021)


Île-à-la-Crosse is a vibrant Métis community with strong ties to the land and is historically connected to the fur trade. This village gets its name from the marathon lacrosse games once held in the area. The Michif language, which emerged in the early 1800s is a blend of Plains Cree and regional French dialects. It is spoken at home by around 1,000 people. (Census 2021)

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