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Oct 23, 2023
New keyboard will help the next generation use the language, says Mi’kmaw speakers
Apple users can now text their friends with a keyboard tailored for Mi’kmaw dialects and one fluent speaker thinks that will help the next generation of language learners.
The Mi’kmaw language keyboard, which rolled out last month as part of Apple software updates, was a partnership between Apple and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, a language education authority for 12 communities in Nova Scotia.
“Some of the kids at the immersion school will be able to properly communicate and properly use a keyboard that will have the Mi’kmaw way of spelling,” said Patrick Denny from Eskasoni First Nation, 270 kilometres northeast of Halifax.
“That will further develop their communication skills that they’ll be able to pass on.”