ON school board reveals Indigenous app

March 8, 2017

At its winter powwow last Tuesday, the Kenora Catholic District School Board unveiled its new Anishinaabemowin Omiinigoziin app. The app serves as a resource in the local dialect of the Treaty 3 territory that teaches users about Anishinaabemowin language, traditions, and culture. The app was developed through a yearlong collaboration between students, St Thomas Aquinas High School teacher Sheila White, and elders and Knowledge Keepers in the Treaty 3 territory. “The students nowadays are tech-savvy,” said Sheila White, who is the Anishinaabemowin language teacher at St Thomas Aquinas. “We are in the 21st century and we need to have tools available for them that would allow them to learn our language.” The app includes information in four different categories: Self; Survival, which discusses topics such as hunting and trapping; Life Teachings about babies, youth, adults, and elders; and Gifts such as visions, dreams, ceremonies, drums, and songs. The app is publicly available on multiple platforms. CBC  | NationTalk