The phoneme /i/ contrasts with /I/ in both length and quality. The /i/ tends to be long, the /I/ tends to be short.
The lax vowel is found in medial and final position, not initially, and in both Cree and French words. The lax vowel is used in closed syllables and in prefinal syllables in French words.
In open syllables, the vowel is higher in French words, but not in Cree words: michin 'medicine', ishpimihk 'up, upstairs', bimihaan 'I fly', api 'sit!'.