Our CEO named “100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2017”

Our President & CEO, Darrick Baxter recently named as Virgin Radio’s Hot 103 Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2017. Read Darricks thoughts on being recognized locally.

Darrick, A Global Innovator

Its important to be recognized locally for your efforts and global innovations.  Many people still don’t know how local technology companies are shaping the global innovation landscape.

Ogoki Learning Inc. established in 2016 and began with only a handful of language apps – The Ojibway People and Language App was our first app on iTunes and was only available for the iPad. Now you can download the Ojibway App on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Apple TV.

Ogoki’s Work includes over 130 Apps World Wide

We have since helped our North American clients with over 130 Language Apps and games. Clients in Canada and the United States have reached out to learn more about how to revitalize their ancestral languages and Ogoki Learning Inc. are experts in the field of App Development and Language Learning.

Manitoba’s Thriving Technology Industry

Winnipeg and other Manitoba companies contribute a growing part of inventions and advancements in designing technology, advancements in medicine and education.  Manitoba has a thriving and talented innovation network that contributes to advancements in all areas of global technology, design, and education.

“It’s exciting! It’s really a huge honour to be recognized locally and to be mentioned among so many great Canadians. Our accomplishments as a team at Ogoki (Ogoki Learning Inc.) far outweigh what I could ever do individual  so its important for me to share my success with my team.” – Darrick Baxter, December 2017

Winnipeg first heard the news in late November 2017 when local radio personality Ace Burpee mentioned Darricks work during a morning show. Darrick’s friends where listing and took to social media.  It wasn’t long before they let Darrick know about the honourable mention.

“I remember, I was preparing for a speaking engagement in Toronto, Ontario when I was given the news. Iris Lauzon, another entrepreneur shared the news with me.  I couldn’t have been more excited. To be recognized and to get the news from a fellow entrepreneur was exciting.  We have a great family of business people here in Manitoba.” – Darrick Baxter

For more information on Ogoki Learning Inc or to request a quote for your next App Development project, send us a Request for Quote Today.

 

 

 

Intangible Cultural Heritage

What is intangible cultural heritage and why is it important? Intangible culture or “living culture” refers to the aspects of culture that can be recorded but cannot be touched or stored in physical form.  Some examples include: song, music, dance, drama, stories, skills, cuisine, crafts and festivals.  These cultural vehicles are called “Human Treasures” by the UN and we at Ogoki Learning believe they should be preserved and treasured. When we lose a language and culture, we lose the knowledge, worldview and wisdom of those people.  We also lose thousands of years of cultural DNA. In an age where the invisible aspects of our identity are becoming more and more endangered we feel it’s increasingly important to keep them alive. Preserving our identity, culture and language as indigenous people is central to our company’s mission and a main driving force behind our technology.  We strive to keep these treasures alive for future generations as a way of honouring the generations past.
 
 
“Language embodies the intellectual wealth of the people who use it”
-Kenneth Hale
 
If you have an Endangered language or culture that you would like to preserve, please contact us today!

Guest Speaker at Honouring Our Language Educator Workshops

Our president, Darrick Baxter (@baxter204) has confirmed that he will be presenting a workshop at the Honouring our Language Educator Workshop in Winnipeg Manitoba.  He will be presenting on Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom.

Native American Language Apps

Language Apps in the Classroom Workshop

Workshop Description
Title: Making Language Apps
Watch an Indigenous App Developer show you how to make a Language App in minutes. Making a Language App is easy and exciting! During this workshop, you can  watch and talk about language apps for the classroom. Ogoki Learning specializes in Language Apps. During this workshop, our expert will explain the importance of making a great Language App for your classroom. Bring a USB because all our workshop attendees will receive our free source code. Yes, audio and video recording is allowed during our workshop.
By: Ogoki Learning Inc. Darrick Baxter

Endangered Native American Languages using Games to Teach

New Language Game Teaching Youth to Speak Nakota

The Nakota language is one endangered Native American language that is making a comeback in local Saskatchewan schools this year.  The Nakota Language App is teaching young people to speak and use Nakota words and phrases for everyday items.  “This game uses everyday objects and phrases to teach Nakota children how to identify objects in Nakota. it’s (Nakota Language App) a really fun way to learn the language” – Darrick Baxter.

The App was created by Ogoki Learning Inc., an indigenous company from Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation with an office in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Ogoki Learning has created or helped with over 120 iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows desktop apps over the past 3 years. Their creations have been regularly featured on the front page of Apple iTunes Canada for the past year with 9 Apps featured in 2017 alone.

Nakota is an Endangered Language

With only a hand full of Nakota language speakers left in Canada – it was difficult to create an app of this magnitude.  It was important that we created an app that used “everyday words” that children use every day.  The building blocks of any Native language is basic words and phrases that are commonly used in everyday vocabulary.  The leaner is able to build their vocabulary from a  core set and basic understanding to a more knowledgeable and insightful command of the Nakota Language.

The Nakota app is teaching a core set of words and phrases. Download the iPhone/iPad version of the Nakota Language App Today!

Syllabics App Keyboard iPhone and iPad

Oji-Cree Syllabics Keyboard App

Syllabics Keyboard App

The new KERC Syllabics Keyboard App is amazing!  It is helping First Nation and Native American students learn in the classroom and home. Students can type in Syllabics on their smartphone and read the translation text as they type.

New Syllabics Keyboard App

“Learning Syllabics used to be difficult and only used by academics, but with the KERC App, children are learning and having fun with Syllabics. I’d encourage every student and teacher to download it for iPhone and Android today!”  – Darrick G Baxter, Ogoki Learning Inc.

Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre is based out of Sioux Lookout, Ontario and services northern schools with teaching resources.

Oji-Cree Syllabics Keyboard

The keyboard is based on the Oji-Cree Syllabics chart.  It includes characters and letters from the Unicode text. The app is a great tool for visitors to use when they see Syllabics written in the community. Its ability to break down communication barriers is amazing.

Oji-Cree Syllabic Flash Cards

As an additional item, the Oji-Cree app also contains flashcards with proper pronunciation and characters. The flashcards contain all the Oji-Cree characters in the Syllabics chart.  It includes colour coded syllabics that are easily identifiable to young learners.

Download the Syllabics Keyboard today from iTunes

Syllabics App Keyboard Android

Syllabics App Keyboard iPhone and iPad

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