Aboriginal languages included in Canada’s new official font

January 13, 2016

In preparation for Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017, organizers have updated the official font or “unified typeface” to one that represents Aboriginal languages as well as English and French. Canadian type designer Raymond Larabie created the inclusive font after studying handwritten and typed samples of languages such as Cree, Inuktitut, and Ojibwe. Larabie also looked at differences between the Latin alphabet and Aboriginal writing systems, including syllabics, in order to make the font reflect typographical nuances evident in Aboriginal languages. “It’s a chance to contribute to the 150-year development of Canada’s very own visual identity,” Larabie said of his involvement in the project. Quartz | CBC