App connects all Indigenous groups with mental health support –

Chat platform offers First Nations support in 11 languages.

PRINCE ALBERT — A mobile app designed to connect First Nations people with First Nations Peer Advocates for cultural-based mental health support has recently expanded to include all Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan.

The Talking Stick app was developed by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), in partnership with TryCycle Data Systems and Indigenous Services Canada.

The confidential text-only chat platform was created ‘by First Nations, for First Nations’, and offers peer support in 11 different languages, including Cree syllabics and seven First Nations languages commonly spoken in Saskatchewan, to make the app accessible for all.

The app doesn’t require any personal information to get started and user identities are always kept anonymous.

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