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FirstVoices Overview

Program Description:
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 FirstVoices.com are encouraged to contact the FirstVoices Manager, Alex Wadsworth at alex@fpcc.ca.

For more information, click on the links at left.

Visit www.firstvoices.com 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 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 Chat – an Indigenous language texting app for Facebook Chat and Google Talk. This free app for the iPad, iTouch and iPhone is available at the Apple App Store. FirstVoices Chat provides custom keypads capable of texting in over 100 Indigenous languages in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
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