form an aboriginal nation
of North America
. They range from the Rocky Mountains
to the Atlantic Ocean
in both Canada
and the United States
. Their ancestral Cree language
was once the most widely spoken in northern North America, but now not all Crees are fluent in it; English
is more commonly used.
They are the largest group of First Nations in Canada with over 200 000 members. The Cree were known for openness to intertribal marriage. The Metis are a group of mixed Cree and French heritage.
Cree bands are considered First Nations.