FirstVoices Chat

From the First Peoples’ Cultural Council press release (in full below): Brentwood Bay, B.C. – FirstVoices Chat, an Indigenous language texting app for Facebook Chat and Google Talk, is now available at the Apple App Store as a free download for iPad, iTouch and iPhone. The app contains custom keyboards for hundreds of Indigenous languages in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The app can be downloaded from www.firstvoices.com or http://itunes.apple.com.

“We’re excited to launch this new piece of technology, which allows First Nations people to return to the everyday use of their heritage languages using their mobile devices,” said Peter Brand, FirstVoices Manager at the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “The primary audience for the new app is First Nations youth, but we expect the positive effects of these innovative literacy tools to ripple out to speakers and learners of all ages.”

FirstVoices Chat was developed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council with funding from the First Nations Technology Council. “The First Nations Technology Council is thrilled to participate in the development of a tool that contributes to First Nations language revitalization by enabling their use in daily conversations,” said Norm Leech, Executive Director of the FNTC.

The development of the keyboarding technology at the core of FirstVoices Chat was funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

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FirstVoices Chat User Guide

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More Information

FirstVoices: www.firstvoices.com
First Peoples’ Cultural Council: www.fpcc.ca
First Nations Technology Council: www.fntc.info
CTV piece about FirstVoice’s Chat: http://www.ctv.ca