Sept. 23, 2019, Morden, MB.// The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre has launched a first for the museum adding the Cree language to it’s Digital Audio Guide.
Cree joins the museum’s freely downloadable digital audio guide alongside French and English as options for visitors as well as anyone able to download the app, entitled CFDC Audio Guide, for free onto the iPhone or Android based mobile device.
Used by more than 117,000 people Cree is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Canada and Manitoba.
“It is an honour to be able to offer Cree as part of our digital audio guide,” said CFDC executive director Peter Cantelon. “We wanted to do our part to help in the preservation and use of indigenous language given our role as a heritage museum. To our knowledge we are the first museum to offer Cree as part of a digital audio guide.”
The CFDC worked closely with Winnipeg-based Indigenous Languages of Manitoba to ensure an accurate translation. Winnipeg’s Bit Space Development Ltd. Created the app and Golden West Radio provided the studio for audio recording making the effort a truly 100 percent Manitoban initiative.
Funding for the initiative was made available by the Province of Manitoba’s Signature Museum grant.
“We cannot thank Indigenous Languages of Manitoba enough for the effort they put into this translation for us,” said Cantelon. “Not only can people come to the museum and receive a tour in Cree but teachers and students throughout Canada can download the app and learn about marine reptiles, mosasaurs, dinosaurs and ancient Manitoba in the language. It’s a great and fun way to learn and listen to Cree.”
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is located in Morden, Manitoba houses the nation’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils and the world’s largest Mosasaur – Bruce, a Guinness World Record holder.
For more information about the CFDC visit www.discoverfossils.com