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(English) Welcome on the talk page of the Canadian Aboriginal Languages Wikipedia Coordination Centre. If you have any questions, remarks, suggestions or complaints regarding a Wikipedia in an aboriginal language, you can leave your message right here be clicking Edit on the top of the page (put your message at the end of the page). You can sign your message by putting ~~~~ at the end of it. You are welcome to create an user account of this Wiki to facilitate the discussion.

(French) Bonjour sur le page de discussion du Centre de coordination des Wikipédia en langue autochtone du Canada. Si vous avez une question, remarque, suggestion ou plainte concernant un Wikipédia en langue autochtone, vous pouvez laisser votre message ici même en cliquant sur Edit au haut de la page (mettez votre message à la fin de la page). Vous pouvez signer votre message en mettant ~~~~ la fin de celui-ci. Vous êtes le/la bienvenu/e à vous créer un compte utilisateur sur ce Wiki afin de faciliter la discussion.

Welcome / Bienvenue


(English) Good day, I created this project to coordinate the efforts of contributors on the different aboriginal language Wikipedias and to help those who want to create a Wikipedia in their own language. If you have any suggestions or need any help, don't hesitate to speak up right here.

(French) Bonjour, j'ai créé ce project afin de coordonner les effort des contributeurs sur les différents Wikipédias en langue autochtone et d'aider ceux qui veulent créer un Wikipédia dans leur langue. Si vous avez une quelconque suggestion ou avez besoin d'aide, n'hésitez pas à le mentionner ici même.

Thanks you, merci, Welalin, Amqui 19:08, 10 February 2012 (UTC)Reply

Introduction of participants / Présentation des participants




Hi, my name is Orbitale. I contribute for several years on french Wikipedia (with the same nickname) but I am also able to contribute with an intermediate level of english. I will be pleased to answer you in english if you speak only that. In short, I have always appreciated native american culture and I have already spent nearly a year in northern Quebec.

Bonjour à tous, je suis Orbitale. Je contribue principalement sur la version française de Wikipédia depuis plusieurs années sous le même pseudonyme. Je suis heureux de voir naître aujourd'hui un espace où les utilisateurs expérimentés de Wikipédia pourront transmettre leur savoir à leurs amis wikitochtones. Je sais qu'ils ne sont pas très nombreux mais je suis certain qu'il y en a quelques uns qui travaillent activement au développement de l'encyclopédie dans des langues parfois ignorés de tous. J'ai bien hâte de rencontrer ceux-là... Qui sait, les différentes cultures et modes de vie des Amérindiens étant fragilisés par la « culture nord-américaine », l'information accumulée sur ces Wiki seront peut-être une mine d'or de demain. Je suis avant tout un québécois francophone mais je me suis toujours intéressé aux cultures autochtones car j'ai toujours trouvé qu'on en parlait que très peu! Avec le désir d'en apprendre un peu plus, j'ai vécu près d'un an dans le Nord-du-Québec grâce à mon travail, principalement à Mistissini et quelques temps à Kuujjuaq. Je ne parle ni le cri ni le nunavimmiutitut mais je connais certaines notions. Je connais aussi plutôt bien le syllabaire, assez pour écrire les sons que j'entends. Au plaisir de discuter avec vous ici! --Orbitale 03:14, 11 February 2012 (UTC)Reply



A little userbox for the project:

. Amqui 05:44, 15 February 2012 (UTC)Reply



Hi! Glad the language is included, but I'm pretty sure it's just an Alaskan language, not Canadian. -- Zanimum (talk) 20:00, 7 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

I agree. Our article at w:Languages of Canada suggests that if there are any Canadian speakers, there are fewer than 200. Arctic.gnome (talk) 20:44, 7 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
I included it in the list here just because Wikimedia Canada said it's the Chapter representing that language, see Chapters per Wikimedia language. Amqui (talk) 22:59, 7 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
That list doesn't have any official character, it was just created as a source of info: "This is just informative and may contain errors." --MF-W 23:06, 7 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
And the inclusion of a link to the Inupiat Wikipedia and its recent changes here doesn't bear any official character either. If it can help being monitored by this group, I don't see the problem to include it personally. Amqui (talk) 23:29, 7 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

Time to add the indigenous languages of the US?


Howdy, Arctic.gnome and Antaya! How about we make this a single, unified project? Amqui has been very helpful with Tsétsêhéstâhese, Siksika and Anishinaabemowin are on both sides of the border ... Wouldn't it be useful to have a single, English-language page to access these wikis? Djembayz (talk) 02:09, 2 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

At first, I was thinking of creating a North American page instead of a Canadian, but there wasn't any development outside Canadian language Wikipedias. We can easily extend the "geographical" scope of this page if this will help the Native Wikipedias in any way. By the way, sorry for being not so active the last month, I'm very busy outside Wikipedia (job, school and moving); I'll try to catch up now. Amqui (talk) 22:58, 28 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

Endangered Languages Project


Google had launched a new website, the Endangered Languages Project. I have contacted them to see the possibility of a partnership between them and the Wikipedias in Native American languages. The partnership could be as simple as including a link to existing Wikipedias from the languages' entry on the Endangered Langauges Project. Please share any thoughts or ideas you have regarding that, thanks. Amqui (talk) 01:26, 5 July 2012 (UTC)Reply

Good day, I have finally made contact with a representative of this Project and I will be discussing with him this Friday. I'd like to hear suggestions from you about what I should discuss, ask or propose. Thanks, Amqui (talk) 22:20, 7 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

There is the page for that coordination : Cooperation between Wikimedia and Endangered Languages Project. Amqui (talk) 01:17, 16 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Strategy plan


I have started a draft for the strategy plan for projects to develop Canadian indigenous languages Wikipedias. It can be found there on the Wikimedia Canada website. Feel free to bring your ideas and suggestions on the talk page or here if you're not a Wikimedia Canada member. Amqui (talk) 02:34, 26 August 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hi Amqui! Is there anything new with the strategy plan? What are the next steps in all of this? Thanks to make things happen. --Orbitale (talk) 17:54, 30 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

Proposed deletion of Category:First Nations languages with mobile apps


en:Category:First Nations languages with mobile apps has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Djembayz (talk) 06:18, 21 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

2013 Android application, Aikuma, for Internet Archive, described as a "Digital Rosetta Stone"


This project aims to collect for the Internet Archive.[1] "Aikuma, an Android app for preserving the last words of the world’s endangered languages, has won a team of researchers at the University of Melbourne the Grand Prize in the Open Source Software World Challenge 2013."[2] Sponsors:

  • The Australian Research Council, the US National Science Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.


  • speech analysis, translation algorithms, and user interface design
  1. "Preserving Endangered Languages using Aikuma Android App". 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. Rahilly, Annie (2013-12-09). "Digital Rosetta Stone wins software challenge". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 

Attawapiskat First Nation suicide crisis


Amqui suggested that I bring this issue here for discussion. Amqui, your comment that "we have a project in a school on a reserve where the students write articles." is exactly what I think we should make happen, if possible, at Attawapiskat First Nation. You can see on my talk page the failed efforts I have made to contact a teacher at the high school there, what is the next step in order to get a Wikipedia writing project going there? What else can we do together for them in terms of outreach? Nocturnalnow (talk) 13:35, 29 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

If there is no interest from local teacher or other local organization, it is hard to do anything else. From experience, projects are doomed to fail if they are not supported by local Native people, we cannot push it on them, we are here to support them in organizing their own projects. Amqui (talk) 13:40, 29 April 2016 (UTC)Reply
I understand. However, I think that I will try a bit harder to at least get an answer from them, even if it is to say they are not interested. Perhaps you could educate me on how the writing project on the reserve you refer to was initiated? Nocturnalnow (talk) 13:56, 29 April 2016 (UTC)Reply
It was initiated by the cooperation of a local teacher and a graduate student in linguistics. Amqui (talk) 16:33, 29 April 2016 (UTC)Reply
There is a public list of all the teachers at the Attawapiskat secondary school so I am wondering how best to contact 1 or 2 of them to see if they are interested in duplicating what was done on the other reserve by the local teacher and a graduate studen? I am considering snail mail inquiry, what do you think? Nocturnalnow (talk) 21:22, 29 April 2016 (UTC)Reply
Computer class teacher is your best bet, or the Native language class, in my opinion. Amqui (talk) 23:02, 29 April 2016 (UTC)Reply
ok, thanks very much...I will keep you posted. Nocturnalnow (talk) 20:32, 30 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

Amqui, what is the name of the school on a reserve where the students write articles ? I received an email response from Mandy Alves suggesting I contact another teacher at Attawaspikat, Monica Rathee-Shah. I may mention the existing project in my pitch. Nocturnalnow (talk) 23:36, 2 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

See the discussion on my talk page on French Wikipedia, thanks, Amqui (talk) 17:09, 3 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
I could not find your talk page on French Wikipedia; please provide a link if possible. Thanks very much. Nocturnalnow (talk) 19:59, 4 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
I found it. Thanks again. Nocturnalnow (talk) 03:29, 5 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
9 more suicide attempts. I'll email Monica tomorrow and maybe she and Mandy will motivate each other to get started. Nocturnalnow (talk) 20:25, 5 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
No luck yet; Monica referred me to a school administrator whom I emailed 2 days ago. Nocturnalnow (talk) 03:40, 16 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

Great news :) I added to my efforts by going to facebook to contact people in Attawapiskat. I have so far gained 2 facebook "friends" who live there as well as joined a facebook group that is specific towards their suicide crisis. My real name is Derek Hill and you can see what's happening there at Attawapiskat Suicide Awareness Nocturnalnow (talk) 14:49, 19 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

Project: Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language


Hello, you are welcome to have a look at the project Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language in Wikimedia projects. We are looking for endorsements and contributions! Best, Seeris (talk) 04:58, 28 June 2016 (UTC)Reply


Hello, a Wikidata proposal related to this project is ongoing. StarTrekker (talk) 07:18, 29 July 2022 (UTC)Reply