First Story pinpoints city's historic sites
By Jonathan Charlton
She and Heather Howard of Michigan State University hope to change that with a new smartphone app. They presented their work to the NAISA conference at the University of Saskatchewan on Friday.
First Story documents historic sites around Toronto on a map with text, video, photos and music.
A user can pick out dots on the map, or the app can identify places as the user walks by.
It's a modern update of The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto, which used to show people the city through aboriginal eyes.
"Youth use smartphones. Everybody uses them. We're combining the history with a layer (of) events in the native community in Toronto so that people will be checking it all the time," Freeman said. "It really brings the history alive in a way that, on your weekend reading a book, doesn't."
Imagine a phone app that could give you tidbits of Native history and culture anywhere in the US or Canada. That would be something.