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Media Advisory: App to help revitalize Aboriginal languages

March 17, 2014

Mark  Campbell, 778.688.6574;
Costa Dedegikas, 604.780.9487;
Marianne Meadahl, 604.209.5770;

Forty B.C. First Nations representatives will play a role in learning how to develop a new app that will teach users how to speak one of many First Nations languages, during two days of workshops hosted by the app’s Simon Fraser University developers. The event is being held at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus Mar. 17-18, room 1600, starting at 9 a.m.

SFU linguists are contributing their expertise—including lead investigator Marianne Ignace—and will be in attendance, as well as numerous community partners who are documenting their languages and recording its remaining fluent speakers for use in the app.

What: First Nations Languages app event: Learning the Ropes
When: March 17-18, 9 a.m.
Where: SFU’s Harbour Centre campus, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver

Media are welcome. For further background on this research see:

The project is funded through a partnership grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is being developed through the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies. The centre’s Costa Dedegikas, technology manager, will also be on hand for details on how the app works.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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