First Nations Languages
"Canada's loss of 'precious jewels of its cultural heritage' called 'ecological' disaster to rival that of any in the world... All but a few of the aboriginal languages spoken in Canada are teetering on the brink of extinction, warns a leading authority on the country's disappearing native tongues."
Aboriginal languages nearing extinction: expert - Margaret Philp - Globe & Mail - Saturday, May 13, 2000
Tanacross Learners' Dictionary – Words are organized by English headword. Many of the Tanacross words and example sentences include audio recordings which illustrate pronunciation.
Sm'algyax Living Legacy Talking Dictionary
Languagegeek provides free fonts and free keyboard layouts which try to cover all of the characters (alphabetical letters/Syllabics) necessary for writing Native languages.
The Cree-Innu Linguistic Atlas – “The goal of the project is to co-create an on-line, multimedia linguistic atlas of the Cree and Innu dialects of Canada.
The Gift of Language and Culture - The language site’s focal point is on Instructional Curriculum development for Nursery to Grade 9 for First Nations schools in Saskatchewan, but also are many other features such as, Native stories, songs, and talking pictures.
Tusaalanga is a dynamic website that brings Inuktitut learning to the World Wide Web. It was created by the Pirurvik Centre, an Iqaluit-based company dedicated to enhancing Inuit language, culture and well-being.
Arctic Indigenous Languages – “This website aims to be a resource that strengthens Arctic indigenous languages. It includes background papers and articles related to indigenous languages, video clips of Arctic indigenous people explaining how important their languages are to them, and descriptions of current best practices in the protection and revitalization of indigenous languages.”
The Gift of Language and Culture Website - The Gift of Language and Culture Website is an Aboriginal language site developed by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) Curriculum Resource Unit (CRU). The language site’s focal point is on Instructional Curriculum development for Nursery to Grade 9. There are many other features such as, Native stories, songs, and talking pictures. Native language Vocabulary Exercises are available in Flash for people of all ages to learn Cree TH, Y, or N dialect and even Dene.
CBC News Interactive: Canada's Aboriginal languages - An interactive map of Canada listing aboriginal languages by province and territory.
Currently Spoken Canadian Aboriginal Languages - a handout from a course offered at Lakehead University within the Native Language Instructors' Program preparing teachers for certification for the candidate to teach a Native Language as a second Language in the elementary/secondary schools in Ontario.
FirstVoices - FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization. The FirstVoices Language Archive contains thousands of text entries in many diverse Aboriginal writing systems, enhanced with sounds, pictures and videos.
LearnMichif.com - Lessons on the Michif language: greetings, family, weather, and dining.
“Our goal when building this site was to the provide content to help people connect with their past and with their future as Métis people. We feel very strongly that language is a central component of identity and have thus attempted to make the language lessons easy to follow and fun to use.”
Languages: Aboriginal Canada Portal - Information and resources for children.
The Atlas of Canada - Index of Aboriginal Language Ability, 1996 - Interactive map. See also: Aboriginal Languages
Ohwejagehka Ha`degaenage - Iroquois Language & Songs: a non-profit organization based on Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario Canada that was established to help preserve and nurture the Iroquoian languages and songs. Contains hundreds of sound files of songs, and of words and phrases. Also provided are fonts for Indigenous Languages.
More than 50 languages, part of the 11 different linguistic families,
are still spoken today in Canada.
Most of these (7 of 11) are located on the Pacific coast.
"... Even this vastly reduced reservoir of linguistic diversity [among North American Native languages] constitutes one of the great treasures of humanity, an enormous store-house of expressive power and profound understandings of the universe. The loss of the hundreds of languages that have already passed into history is an intellectual catastrophe in every way comparable in magnitude to the ecological catastrophe we face today as the earth's tropical forests are swept by fire." -- Zepeda and Hill, 1991 quoted in Handbook for Aboriginal Language Program Planning in British Columbia
Aboriginal Canada Portal: Language, Heritage and Culture - Extensive listing of links.