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Northern Michif To Go language app helps preserve Métis heritage – Regina Leader-Post

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 201926 Views

Michif is the name given to the Métis language that comes from a combination of Cree and French-Canadian vocabularies and sounds.

March 12, 2019

“The language will (probably) be lost in one more generation,” says Northern Michif speaker and school principal Vince Ahenakew.

“The app matters.”

The Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatoon released a smartphone app earlier this year called Northern Michif To Go.

It functions as a combination of dictionary, phrase book and translation guide for Northern Michif. Ahenakew, the principal of Rossignol High School in Île-à-la-Crosse, learned to speak the language from his grandmother growing up.

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