The Athabasca Tribal Council is launching a new smartphone language app.
The program is a tool to change English words to Cree, as a way to help indigenous youth learn the language, or have a conversation with their Cree-speaking elders.
“So you can press the word in English, and it teaches you in Cree with a recorded voice and written out,” CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council, Maggie Farrington tells Mix News.
Farrington notes while there are Cree language apps out already, this one was made for the region.
“There are different dialects of Cree because Cree is spoken all throughout Canada, so this is primarily for the dialect spoken here.”
The Athabasca Tribal Council reports Cree is spoken by nearly 117 000 people across Canada.
The app launches formally Wednesday as part of the ATC Education conference being held this week.
Farrington says they plan to create a Dene version of the program as well.