Stoney language app connects elders, youth at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 2019106 Views

First Nation’s elders have documented 5,000 words of their dialect

Dec 05, 2019

An Alberta First Nation has launched its own app in hopes of connecting the next generation with the community’s dialect of the Stoney language.

“We’re in that place, that transition, that could lead to a crisis situation,” said Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton.

With the youngest fluent speaker in the community being 45, “we could actually lose our language if we don’t do something about it today,” Alexis said.

That’s why about five years ago, the First Nation began working on the idea of an app and commissioned District Media to design it.

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