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Introduction

This block "unifies" Algonquin, Blackfoot, Carrier, Chipewyan, Cree, Inuktitut, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Sayisi, Slavey, and many other syllabaries. It was organized based on a 1994 Canadian Aboriginal Syllabic Encoding Committee (CASEC) report: Repertoire of Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics Proposed for Inclusion into ISO/IEC 10646.

As the name suggests these syllabaries are used primarily in Canada. They all originated from James Evans' 1830s syllabary for Ojibwe, which he revised in 1940 for Cree.

The fonts shown on this page cover the entire block of characters. Additional font pages are syllabary-specific:

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Sample of Aboriginal Sans at 24pt Aboriginal Sans    [ show all samples ]  (absans8_51.ttf from absans.zip)
Note: Extensive coverage of Latin characters with diacritics
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 8.51 2004 has 4,858 glyphs and 105 kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Latin, Vietnamese
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of Aboriginal Serif at 23pt Aboriginal Serif    [ show all samples ]  (abserif4_5.ttf from abserif.zip)
Note: Extensive coverage of Latin & Cyrillic characters with diacritics as well as Canadian Syllabic characters that were omitted from the Unicode Standard (encoded in the private use area).
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 1.000 2004 initial release has 4,998 glyphs and 3 kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Latin, Vietnamese
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of Ballymun RO at 26pt Ballymun RO    [ show all samples ]  (ballrn__.ttf, ballrb__.ttf, ballri__.ttf, and ballrbi_.ttf from ballrn66.zip)
Source: Free download from Multilingual E-Data Solutions.
Stats: Version 0.66 has 1,334 glyphs and 1,565 kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cyrillic (Russian and other Slavic languages), Greek, Latin
Sample of CBSUCAS at 26pt CBSUCAS    [ show all samples ]  (cbsuOT.otf [and cbsuTT.ttf] from cbsucas.zip)
Source: Free download from Jeff Klassen's webpage.
Stats: Version 1.000 has 735 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
Sample of Code2000 at 24pt Code2000    [ show all samples ]  (code2000.ttf)
Source: Download this shareware font ($5) from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 1.16 has 61,864 glyphs and 239 kerning pairs
Support: Arabic script (Arabic, Baluchi, Kirghiz, Persian, Shahmukhi, Sindhi, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek), Armenian, Bengali, Braille, Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Chinese (Bopomofo only, including Extended), Cirth, Coptic, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Devanagari, Ethiopic (including supplement and extended blocks), Ewellic, Georgian (Mkhedruli and Asomtavruli), Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji/Han Ideographs including Extension A), Klingon, Korean (Hangul only), Lao, Latin, Limbu, Mongolian, N'Ko, Ogham, Phaistos, Runic, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Tengwar, Thaana, Thai, Tifinagh, Vietnamese, Yi
OpenType Layout Tables: Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Buhid, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Han Ideographic, Hangul, Hangul Jamo, Hebrew, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin, Malayalam, Mongolian, Myanmar, N'Ko, Tamil, Telugu, Thai
Sample of Euphemia CAS at 22pt Euphemia CAS    [ show all samples ]  (Euphemia UCAS Regular version.ttf, Euphemia UCAS Bold version.ttf, and Euphemia UCAS Italic version.ttf from version Euphemia UCAS.zip)
Source: Free download from Tiro Typeworks.
Stats: Version 2.660 2004 has 865 glyphs and 389 kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of Everson Mono Unicode at 26pt Everson Mono Unicode    [ show all samples ]  (evermono.ttf)
Source: Shareware from Everson Mono.
Stats: Version 4.1.3 2003-02-13 has 4,899 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Armenian, Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Georgian (Mkhedruli and Asomtavruli), Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Hebrew, Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana only), Latin, Ogham, Runic, Vietnamese
Sample of Kayases at 26pt Kayases    [ show all samples ]  (Kayases.ttf)
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 001.000 has 1,155 glyphs and 17,786 kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
OpenType Layout Tables: Canadian Syllabics, Latin
Sample of OskiBlackfoot at 20pt OskiBlackfoot    [ show all samples ]  (oskiblackfoot5.ttf, oskiblackfootbold5.ttf, oskiblackfootitalic5.ttf, and oskiblackfootbolditalic5.ttf from oskiblackfoot.zip)
Note: A Blackfoot language font - although it covers all Canadian syllabaries with the exception of those characters labeled as South-Slavey (U+1485 to U+1488).
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 1.000 2003 initial release has 1,701 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of OskiDakelh at 22pt OskiDakelh    [ show all samples ]  (oskidakelh1.ttf, oskidakelhbold1.ttf, oskidakelhitalic1.ttf, and oskidakelhbolditalic1.ttf from oskidakelh.zip)
Note: A Dakelh (Carrier Dene) language font.
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 1.000 2004 (initial release) has 948 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
Sample of OskiDene <em>fonts</em> at 20pt OskiDene fonts    [ show all samples ]  (regular, bold, italic, and bold italic)
There are four OskiDene fonts:
  1. OskiDeneA for Chipewyan-A
  2. OskiDeneB for Beaver
  3. OskiDeneC for North Slavey, Dogrib, and Chipewyan-C
  4. OskiDeneS for South Slavey

Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
OpenType Layout Tables: Canadian Syllabics (default, zz01), Latin
Sample of OskiEast at 20pt OskiEast    [ show all samples ]  (oskie1.ttf, oskiebold1.ttf, oskieitalic1.ttf, and oskiebolditalic1.ttf from oskieast.zip)
Note: Download site lists the following languages in conjunction with this font: Moose Cree, East Cree, Inuktitut, Naskapi, and Eastern Ojibway.
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 1.000 2003 initial release has 1,700 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of OskiWest at 20pt OskiWest    [ show all samples ]  (oskiw1.ttf, oskiwbold1.ttf, oskiwitalic1.ttf, and oskiwbolditalic1.ttf from oskiwest.zip)
Note: Download site lists the following languages in conjunction with this font: Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woods Cree, and Western Ojibway.
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 1.000 2003 initial release has 1,700 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Latin
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of Rotinonhsonni Sans at 24pt Rotinonhsonni Sans    [ show all samples ]  (rotinonhversion.ttf [regular], rotinonhbversion.ttf [bold], rotinonhiversion.ttf [italic], and rotinonhbiversion.ttf [bold italic] from RotinonhSans.zip)
Source: Free download from LanguageGeek.com
Stats: Version 8.007 2006 has 4,960 glyphs and 106 kerning pairs
Support: Canadian Syllabics (all syllabaries, all characters), Cherokee, Latin, Vietnamese
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
 

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