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MacKenzie portraitMarguerite MacKenzie is a retired Professor of Linguistics, Memorial University, Newfoundland who works with speakers of Cree, Innu (Montagnais) and Naskapi of Labrador, Quebec and Ontario on dictionaries, grammars, texts and language training materials. Her work is focused on assisting speakers of Aboriginal languages document and maintain their language in the face of increasing pressure from English and French. She is co-editor of dictionaries for each language, editor of workplace vocabularies for Innu-aimun, and a team member for the ongoing publication of Naskapi traditional texts. She can be reached at

Brittain portraitJulie Brittain is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, who works with the central Algonquian languages Cree, Naskapi and Innu. She is director of the Chisasibi Child Language Acquisition Study, a naturalistic first language acquisition study of East Cree, and has expertise in the syntax of Algonquian languages. She has worked with the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach in collaboration with Marguerite Mackenzie to edit and publish Naskapi and English versions of audio recordings of traditional stories made in the late 1960s. She can be reached at