Redskins Word Banned from iTunes Apple Inc.

We as Native American App developers rejoice at the decision by Apple to BAN the term “Redskin” from their Canadian App Store.  The term violates section 14.1 and Section 19.1 of iTunes policy on Apps.

“There is nothing  more important than being recognized as a people and being treated as a human being. Our human rights should protect us from defamatory, mean-spirited and racially offensive names”  
– Darrick Glen Baxter
Ogoki Learning Systems Inc.

The following is taken directly from Apples Developer site under “Terms and Conditions” and must be accepted by each developer. Section 19 addresses Religion, culture and ethnicity.

Apple Developer Section 19 Terms and Conditions

Section 19 of the Apple Developer Terms and Conditions

19. Religion, culture, and ethnicity

Apps containing references or commentary about a religious, cultural or ethnic group that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to expose the targeted group to harm or violence will be rejected

We as First Nation App developers applaud Apple Inc. in taking a stand and recognizing that Native Americans and First Nation people are not “Redskins”. We are a distinct people with the same rights as we afford to every man woman and child who set foot on this earth.

Redskin word banned from Apple's App Store

Canadian App Store Bans Redskins word from Apple


Ojibway App Story on CBC News

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The Ojibway App and its creators believe in being socially responsible to our learners, teachers and supporters. It’s a rule that guides us as app developers along our journey. Our goal has always been to have our Ojibway App in every Ojibway language classroom in Canada and the United States.

We’ve been fortunate to share our story with the CBC and their affiliates including CBC Radio, CBC Television and CBC Online. The story tells viewers and listeners about our experiences with residential schools – language in the home and how we as developers intend to revitalize the worlds ancestral languages.

Download the iPhone App (link may open iTunes)

Android App also available (Google Play)

The importance of preserving ancestral languages is on the minds of all Canadians. The vast majority of Canadians support our efforts and see the importance of our efforts. We would like to share our story with you in hopes to inspire new ideas on how we can use technology to reach our goals.

Drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you! 

Darrick Baxter
Ogoki Learning Systems Inc.


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