First Nations take to designing their own apps to preserve their languages and cultures

Byron Bates is meticulously adding more than 100 Cree words about medicine, pain and doctors into the mobile app he created, called ATC Cree.

The app developer and Athabasca Tribal Council member built his app in an effort to maintain the languages of his community, made up of about 5,000 Cree and Dene people in the Fort McMurray area. It launched early in March with 120 Cree words translated into English, and includes audio pronunciations. Now he’s working on more.

The band councillor and software developer has already received a lot of feedback, including how useful the app will be for elders who go into the city for medical treatment.

“Medical professionals can bring up the app and ask the elders where it hurts and ask them other questions,” Bates says.

Read more: The National Post

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