How to use the online Innu Dictionary


This document aims to explain and demonstrate how to use the new Innu Dictionary found at

Understanding the Entry

Understanding the Interface

Interface Language

First, make sure the interface language currently selected is the one you want. The interface language will determine the language on the various buttons throughout the site, as well as the language of the search results.

For example,
if you choose the English interface, this is how the screen will appear:

If you choose the French interface, it will appear like this:


The first row is where you select what language you will be typing in to conduct your search. If you select:

You will notice that the language/form of writing you select now has a dark blue background, while the others will have a light blue background. This is a visual cue to let you quickly see which language you’re searching in.


This section allows you to refine your search parameters. You can either expand or narrow your search to generate the results you want.
The first row, in conjunction with the language you selected, will tell the dictionary which fields it must search in.

The second row holds options for where to search within the word itself. There are four options:

Sample English Search

If you want to find the Innu word for "goose" in our dictionary, you have few options. Below, you will see how the search works in combination with the various options to provide different results.

Note how Options 1a, 1b, and 1c use beginning / containing / whole word, respectively, to produce different results.

Option 1a: Searching for English keywords beginning with goose

Will result in

Option 1b: Searching for English keywords containing goose

Will result in

Option 1c: Searching for English keywords whole word goose

Will result in

Option 2: Searching for English definition containing goose

Will result in

Option 3: Searching for English example containing goose

Will result in

Example of an Innu Search

Searching for nishk will result in

Example of the Relaxed search

Our dictionary has a built-in Innu spellchecker which allows you to control the precision of the returned suggestions.
The more precision you choose, the less results you get.

For example, if you are looking for the word "nishk" but you type "niish
our spellchecker (the relaxed search engine) automatically gets activated. By default, it is set to be as precise as possible to return the fewest results to match your search query.

If you reduce the precision, you will get more results. This is useful when your margin of possible spelling errors is large.