Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and partner develop Mi'kmaw language apps

March 11, 2015

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) and Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk, in consultation with a Mi’kmaw language advisory committee, have developed 12 apps to promote and facilitate language revitalization. The various apps are designed for different levels of fluency and to appeal to users of all ages. The apps are meant to continue learning outside of school hours in an easy and non-threatening way. Mi’kmaw Language Coordinator Blaire Gould believes “bridging the gap between the traditions of the past and technological advancements of today will start to break down walls prohibiting the growth of the language, particularly among youth … We need to cultivate a culture of learning the language and it starts with making it easy to see and hear,” she continued. “And, what’s more accessible to our youth right now than technology?” Most of the apps are now available for iPhone and Android, with more currently being developed. MK News