A new app has been released allowing people to write in Indigenous languages on their mobile devices.
The FirstVoices keyboard app was developed by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, a First Nations-run crown corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal languages, arts and cultures.
Alex Wadsworth is with the FPCC and was involved in the development of the app.
He says it was young Indigenous people who pushed for it, wanting an easier way to use their own language on modern mobile devices.
Wadsworth says many Indigenous languages have unique characters, and having this app will allow people to use those languages in a daily setting.
The hope is the keyboard will increase daily usage of Indigenous languages, and contribute to their revitalization.
Over 100 Indigenous languages are supported by the app.
Wadsworth says all Indigenous Canadian languages; and some American, Australian, and New Zealand languages are supported.
The free app is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, and a link can be found at FirstVoices.com.
They’re also having a contest where people can win one of two Samsung tablets.