PICTURED ABOVE: A screenshot of the EndangeredLanguages.com homepage displays a map of disappearing languages around the world.
Native group helps Google preserve endangered languages
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council, a first nations-run Crown corporation based on Vancouver Island, has been chosen to oversee a project developed by Google that seeks to preserve endangered indigenous languages.
The Google Endangered Languages Project, launched June 21 to coincide with National Aboriginal Day, invites language experts from around the world to post videos, audio clips, books and other publications on its website to catalogue languages that are in danger of becoming extinct.
“A lot of the ideas have been driven by First Peoples’ commitment to ensuring that the communities themselves are the voice for their own languages,” says Lorna Williams, chair of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC).
“There’s an opportunity for [communities] to present their language in a way that is true to them.”
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