FirstVoices Overview

FirstVoices is our internationally recognized online Indigenous language archiving and teaching resource that allows indigenous communities to document their language for future generations.

FirstVoices provides state-of-the-art technologies, training and technical support to community language champions.

Teams of fluent Elders and technically savvy youth upload dictionaries, alphabets, songs, stories, words and phrases as well as audio and video to their community archives.

Communities wishing to establish their own language resources at are encouraged to contact the FirstVoices Coordinator, Kyra Fortier at

For more information, click on the links at left.

Visit and use the drop-down menu for a full list of archives.

For videos about FirstVoices and how to use the FirstVoices recording equipment, check out our YouTube page.

FirstVoices projects include:

FirstVoices Kids  – a set of interactive online games providing pre-readers with access to the language resources at 

FirstVoices Language Tutor – provides First Nations language students with access to graduated interactive Web-based vocabulary and conversation building exercises. The application keeps track of student progress for both student and teacher.

FirstVoices Language Lab – an iPad-based language-teaching app designed to deliver FirstVoices Language Tutor lesson content via a stand-alone portable language laboratory. No internet access is required for the Language Lab to run.

FirstVoices Dictionary Apps – interactive dictionary/phrase apps in B.C.’s First Nations languages for the iPod, iPad and iPhone. (Twelve are now available with five more on the way). The apps contain text, audio, image and video content and are available as free downloads from the iTunes store.

FirstVoices Keyboards – contains keyboard software for over 100 languages, and includes every First Nations language in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, plus many languages in the USA.
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