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James Bay students learn Cree syllabics in virtual reality – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 4, 2016879 Views

New program teaches syllabics inside immersive world, with friendly dogs and archery

Nov 03, 2016

Cree children in three James Bay communities are using the latest 3D gaming technology to learn their ancestors’ language in school.

The Cree School Board launched its Cree Syllabics Virtual Reality project on Nov. 2, which it says is the first of its kind in Indigenous Canada.

Students put on headsets to enter a virtual camp setting where they meet a little girl named Niipiish and her dog Achimush. Using hand movements and buttons to move around within the camp, they go on a journey to prepare for Niipiish’s little brother’s walking-out ceremony, all the while identifying Cree words that describe the seasons, the environment and Cree traditions.

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