AniMoves Indigenous Languages Edition

We are experiencing a time when there are few remaining Indigenous language speakers.

The languages will only thrive with the understanding and support of the greater population of Canada. This resource was created to celebrate learning the Blackfoot, Cree, and Stoney Nakoda languages, using the existing foundations of Ever Active Schools Animal Alphabet resource and Be Fit For Life’s AniMoves resource.

Use this deck of Alphabet AniMoves to help explore fun and creative movements while learning the names of animals in Blackfoot, Cree, and Stoney Nakoda. There are cues for movement on the back of each card. Using these cues not only gives children opportunity to move, but can help in the learning and remembering of the name for each animal.

These resources were created in partnership with local language experts, as we know, there are many different dialects of even these three versions of Alphabet Animoves. Although this work was completed with grant funding, we look forward to continuing to share these resources with partners looking to add in their own translations, please connect with us if you are interested in working together.

Cost: Free Download

Click the links below to download each of the resource editions:

Blackfoot Edition
Cree Edition
Stoney Nakoda Edition

Video Supplement

Check out the video Holy Spirit Catholic School Division’s YouTube channel to help with Blackfoot pronunciation.

Pronunciation Tools

There are many websites and apps that have been created to share Indigenous Languages. As there are many different variations of languages, consult with local language experts in your area to find one that meets your needs. Here are a few examples of Apps that use the words used in the current three versions of Animoves.

Cree: Sturgeon Lake Plains Cree Dialect
Stoney Nakoda: Stoney Education Authority
Blackfoot: Piikani Paitapiiyssin Version 2 – App Store or Piikani Paitapiiyssin Version 2 – Google Play