Learning the language through art

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Mary Jane Archibald of Ininew Friendship Centre is continuing her crusade to have the Moose Cree language regain its standing as the language of choice with this area’s Indigenous people.

Last year she distributed numerous books to schools and child care centres written in the Cree ‘L’ dialect.

Continuing on that path and promoting the work of The Language Conservancy, Archibald is encouraging the use of the app developed to allow readers to hear the language as they scan the syllabic making it easier to pick up the pronunciation of the word.

The media player app allows readers to hear the language from the picture books being read as they follow along. Other features include augmented reality that lets users utilize their phone’s camera to follow along with the book, a playback feature that enables readers to hear the words for items featured in the illustration and an audio guide that reveals the English translation with a tap.


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The Moose Cree Language App can be downloaded at the Apple App Store. Unfortunately, it isn’t available for Android at this time.

Archibald is hoping that a contest that is currently being held will encourage people to learn new words or phrases and offer participants of all ages a chance to win prizes. Winners will be drawn at random and the contest closes at May 9.

Art must include at least one syllabic word or phrase from the Moose Cree language app, the finished product can be either posted on your own Facebook page and use #IFCMooseCreeLanguageAPP (Note: Set post to “public” to ensure your submission is visible) or post picture of art on the Facebook page: Cultural Resource Ininew Friendship Centre Cochrane or submit photos of art to crc@ininewfc.ca

If you want to participate in the contest but don’t have an I-phone you can use this link to find a word/phrase to use in your artwork (http://talkingdictionary.swarthmore.edu/moose_cree/?random)”. The Moose Cree, Taykwa Tagamou-Path Finders IFC- Family Support, Health Outreach Program, Children’s Mental Health, Youth Life Promotion, Akwe:Go, Life Long Care.

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