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A young Aboriginal man launches a cell phone application to learn the Cree


For me it is important that [l’apprentissage du cri] be accessible, underlines the young man of 22 years.

We had our language and our culture taken away so it’s important to be able to give this possibility back [d’apprentissage].

A quote from Cameron Adams, promoter of nēhinawēwin

He indicates that he received more than $ 15,000 in financial support from the University of Winnipeg to carry out this project.

I think nine translators worked on this project.

At the age of 16, Cameron Adams learned that he had Cree and Ojibway ancestors. So he decided to learn the cry to reconnect with his roots.

The application is intended for both children and adults, says Adams, adding that the learning tool is available for branded phones Apple.

Cameron Adams, a young Aboriginal boy, seated at a table with books in front of a beach in Manitoba.

Cameron Adams was recognized as a representative student of the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg for his involvement in the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

Photo: /TurnedNews.com / Chloé Dioré de Périgny

The application is intended for curious people who want to learn Cree or for Aboriginals who want to improve their knowledge to teach the language to those around them.

Along with Cree, there is the ” N ” dialect spoken in Manitoba, and the ” Y ” dialect spoken in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

All of the words in the app are part of the dialect spoken in Manitoba, but the Cree understand both dialects. It’s like the different forms of French, explains Cameron Adams, who himself speaks French.

An application with several vocations

The app offers a dictionary divided into different categories: adverbs, animals, birds, camping, colors, days of the week, expressions, sports, trees, etc.

Cameron Adams admits that there are several apps for learning Indigenous languages, but according to him, nēhinawēwin also allows access to voices, or to audio tracks for each word.

The tool offers songs and prayers with Cree verbatim and English translation. Some of these prayers are of a religious nature.

Many Crees practice Christianity, recalls Mr. Adams.

The app project is still under construction. We would even like to add images that correspond to the words.

My goal would be to see school divisions use this tool.

Cameron Adams is hosting an official app launch on Friday January 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Information on how to access it will be available at the event Facebook nēhinawēwin App Launch.

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