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Montagnais (Innu-Aimun)

Montagnais or Montagnais Innu is an Algonquian language spoken in Labrador and Quebec in Canada by about 9,000 people, 3,000 of whom are monolingual. The rest are bilingual in Montagnais and English or Montagnais and French.

The name Montagnais means "mountaineer" in French. They call themselves Innu, and are part of the same Nation as the Naskapi, though their languages are distinct. The Montagnais language is very closely related to Cree.

Montagnais pronunciation

Montagnais pronunciation

Sample texta in Montagnais

Ntanishkutapannipan umenu nitapatshimau, Manikanetesh (Margaret Michel), Uashkaikan-ishkueu nete Mushuau-shipit uet nitautinakanakue eshk nete euassiut.


This is a story about an old lady whose name was Manikanetesh (Margaret Michel), a Mushuau Innu (Naskapi) woman, originally of the Ungava Band, whose territory spanned from Kapukuanipant-kauashat (Voisey's Bay) to Mushuau-nipi (Indian House Lake) and Uashkaikan (Kuujjuak).


Montagnais sample text

Version française

Sample text - French version

This is a poem by Joséphine Bacon entitled "Bâtons à message / Tshissinuatshitakana" which appears on a mural on a wall in Montreal.

You can see the mural at:

Information about Montagnais | Numbers in Montagnais


Information about the Montagnais language

Algonquian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet