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With a background in community access media and media training, George Lessard has worked in print, broadcast radio and television and in educational media. He considers himself an artist in electronic and digital media. Born and brought up in Montreal, in Canada, his work has taken him to Toronto, Vancouver, Banff and Calgary; Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife NWT (where he currently lives); Salluit, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and Arviat, Nunavut. He's been posted internationally to Beijing, China; Nassau, the Bahamas; La Paz, Bolivia; Butare, Rwanda; Chelyabinsk, Russia and Berhampur, Odisha, India. These days in Yellowknife, he's producing live webcasts and YouTube videos of community events and mentoring young photographers around the NWT.

Language apps help preserve endangered aboriginal languages in the Northwest Territories

| June 18, 2013
Language apps help preserve endangered aboriginal languages in the Northwest Territories

The most recent is Inuvialuktun One By Yamózha Kúé Society "…Paarutit! The Government of Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture and Employment, and the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre are delighted to present an Inuvialuktun language app now available FREE on the iTunes App store. This app offers language learning, practice, games and quizzes in many everyday categories such as greetings, phrases, vowels, expressions and much more. Learn your language and surprise your elders. Quyanaq!.."
This free app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Other NWT based language apps include:

  • Gwich'in (The Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Education)
  • South Slavey (The Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Denededline (The Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Shutaot'ine (The Government of the Northwest Territories)
  • Tlicho (The Government of the Northwest Territories)

Educators keeping languages strong: Initiatives aim to keep aboriginal culture alive. Educators throughout the NWT are pioneering new ways to preserve the territory's languages. by Kassina Ryder Northern News Services Published Monday, March 11, 2013

NWT aboriginal languages decline 4.1 per cent. The number of NWT residents who declare an aboriginal language as their mother tongue has decreased by 4.1 per cent, according to the 2011 Census. Lyndsay Herman Northern News Services Published Monday, Nov 5, 2012

Thornton Media's work with endangered languages highlighted by Apple at annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2013  We were chosen by Apple out of 6 million developers worldwide. More

Tech giant Apple profiles Thornton Media in 2013 developer's video in WWDC. We were chosen out of 6 million developers worldwide. Watch video from Apple's website (we're the 3rd story)

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