The FirstVoices Chat App Lets You Text In Indigenous American Languages

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jul 12, 2016
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FirstVoices Chat is an innovative new keyboard app, developed by the First Peoples' Cultural Council, that is designed to make it easier than ever for First Nation youth to communicate via text messaging and social media in their own native languages.

Most indigenous writing systems make use of special characters that aren't capable of being used within the context of typical mobile phone technologies. This is where the FirstVoices Chat keyboard app comes in. The app allows users to chat in a wide variety of languages including Dakelh, Gitanmaax and Wet'suwet'en as well as several other indigenous languages from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

FirstVoices Chat is a fine example of smartphone apps being opened up to welcome use by people from all cultures.