The St̓át̓imc First Nation are the original inhabitants to the area of Lillooet British Columbia. The language St̓át̓im̓cets is just one of the many dialects of the Interior Salish languages of B.C. In keeping with modern technology, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council have created the website First Voices . Available in both English and French, it was created to teach users how to speak a variety of different Aboriginal dialects. The website also features games like word search, hangman and concentration for younger audience, offering a fun way to learn more about the languages.
Available for Apple and Android devices, there are 12 First Nations language apps based on regions. First Voices Chat is a multilingual texting app with keypads serving over 100 Indigenous languages. The app was developed for the First Nation youth, giving them the ability to chat via social media in their own language.
The First Voices Keyboard app contains keyboard software for over 100 languages, and includes every First Nations language in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, plus many languages in the USA. Custom keyboards can be used in applications such as email, social media and text messaging.
You can hear our very own translator for Tribal Police Files – Linda Redan on the website and app. She was one of 7 to help record and translate to teach the St̓át̓imc language.