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
President/Developer
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

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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! 

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Darrick Baxter
Ogoki Learning Systems Inc.

 

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EagleUrban – Health, Justice, Education all in one great App

 

The EagleUrban App helps youth with the difficult transition from the rural life to living in the urban setting. The iPhone app includes information and insight into teen pregnancy, sexual health, mental health, housing, education and crisis hotlines.  It’s a true resource for youth of all backgrounds and is available on the iphone, ipod and iPad devices.

 

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The Eagle Urban app is a resource for Aboriginal youth. It was created as part of a resource booklet by the Eagle Urban Transition Centre.  The app features a variety of tools for youth along with transportation information, food resources and more.

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Visit the Eagle Urban Transition Centre for more information on the program.

Now available on Android, Ojibway App

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The much anticipated Ojibway Android app is now available on the Google Play store. The app features the same wonderful features that the original iPhone app does along with a vast vocabulary of words, phrases and syllabics.

“We have been working diligently to create a user experience that reflects our dedication and love for our ancestral language. We feel that the Android Ojibway app does deliver on point. A lot of work has gone into developing this wonderful app. We hope that our fans will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it”

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Download the free App. Let us know what you think of the app. Drop us a line.

Remember, the Android app has been made available through the continued support of our clients. Why not become one of our clients and let us design your next language app! We would love to talk with you about the app creation process and the benefits of language revitalization in your community.

Call (204-804-6454) or email us at darrick@ogokilearning.com. Ask for Darrick.

Indian Country Today Feature

Indian Country Today Article on Free Source Code

Indian Country Today Feature


Featured on the Indian Country Today Media Network.

This is an amazing opportunity for Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. to promote our free source code project. We’ve been fortunate enough to give away an important piece of technology and allow other Indian Tribes and First Nations from Canada, United States and all over the world to use these tools to help save their historical languages.  We are creating our legacy by helping tribes save theirs. Read more