Eastern James Bay Cree fonts

Two (2) things are required in either Macintosh or Windows operating systems in order to type in Cree syllabics: (1) both a font (for the different character shapes) and (2) a keyboard (providing an input method of typing those shapes). Today’s standards require Unicode fonts.
BJCreeUNI Font Image BJCree2UNI Font Image

To learn the syllabics and to see the mapping between the roman and syllabic orthographies , view the Syllabics Chart (requires Adobe Flash Player)- complete with spoken sounds.

You need to download and install Cree fonts. Most people today type using the roman keyboard where each cree character corresponds to a series of roman characters on the QWERTY keyboard. Some people still use the creeboard where each cree character corresponds to only key (on the QWERTY keyboard) .

The following PACKAGES provide a keyboard that will work with ALL Unicode syllabic fonts that are presently available.

Package for Macintosh:

Download FREE BASIC Package for Macintosh computers, Mac OS X (10.10) to (10.3). It is free, and you use the installation instructions here: How to Set Up Cree Fonts on Mac.

Note (March 2020): the RE character shows up as  (U+1542) instead of  ᕃ (U+1543). Until this is fixed,  you can use a working Macintosh version of the Windows keyboard (that has the correct RE character) here. Note that for this installation, it is slightly different (more automatic) than the version available at eastcree.org, and requires you to also download and install “Keyman for MacOS”. However, it lacks the nice indicator icon for your notification area next to the date and time at the top of the screen.

Packages for Windows:.

Package for Mobile Devices:

Download the Keyman app from Apple’s App Store

Download the Keyman app from Google’s Play Store

If you just need a syllabic font you can download our BJCree Uni font files.

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Additional fonts

Once you have downloaded and installed the standard package for your system, you can add other Unicode fonts. Avoid Euphemia UCAS and Arial MS as they do not display the correct sha and shu characters. (more…)

external link http://www.languagegeek.com/font/fontdownload.html#Full_Unicode


external link http://www.tiro.com/

external linkhttp://www.evertype.com/emono/

external link http://dejavu-fonts.org/ (still under development)

Additional Info

Cree syllabic fonts: development, compatibility and usage in the digital world. A paper originally presented at the 40th Algonquian Conference, in Montreal in 2008, by Bill Jancewicz and Marie-Odile Junker, that describes what are the best tools available to type in Cree syllabics in the area of information technology. There are also suggestions for best practices. Updated March 2011.

Unicode Cree Syllabic Fonts for Windows and Macintosh Updated Appendix. An updated appendix of a handout originally written for a presentation at the 37th Algonquian Conference, in Ottawa in 2005, by Bill Jancewicz. Updated May 2008

Unicode Cree Syllabics for Windows and Macintosh, by Bill Jancewicz. A paper that describes the tools available for free (in 2005) to type in Cree syllabics with PCs and Macintosh computers. October 2005.

[Unicode Cree Syllabics for Windows 5.0, by Bill Jancewicz. An earlier version (2001) of the above].

Cree on the Internet: How to Integrate Syllabics with Information Technology and the Web, by Bill Jancewicz and Marie-Odile Junker. A handout for a presentation made at the 34th Algonquian Conference, in Kingston in 2002.

Unicode Strategy : Syllabics and Computing in the 21st Century, by Bill Jancewicz. A paper that describes the situation (in 2001) regarding Cree syllabics fonts and the computers which support them or not. October 2001.

Answer to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) : Most of the questions people asked us (or we asked ourselves) during this project.

Video Tutorials on download, installation and use of fonts tools. In Cree, French and English (for Windows XP).