Many Indigenous languages are disappearing due to colonialism, residential schools, backward government policy, and now there are fewer and fewer fluent speakers.
The Pacific Association of First Nations Women is participating in a Cree and Ojibway Language Project. Several elders, who are fluent in their language, have been brought on as teachers. This program is open to Indigenous people who have Cree or Ojibway background. Families with children are invited to participate.
There are several steps in the program:
- Introduction to Cree and Ojibway language program: Now in its third cycle of 10 classes with language basics, and cultural teachings.
- Cree and Ojibway Conversations Circles: ongoing events on Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm. (for those who are advanced speakers and/or have attended the above language basics course).
- Cree and Ojibway Drop In Circles:
Comments from the Introduction Classes:
“I really loved the connection the class created and the opportunity the class gave to hear stories, sing songs and learn the language. I really appreciate that I can now introduce myself in my mother’s language.“
“I had a great time listening to everyones stories and all learning together.“
- Resources for Learning Cree
- Online Cree Dictionary
- Cree Language Resources
- Cree Language Sharing
- Indigenous Language Revitalization (Cree Resources)
Ojibway (Ojibwe) Resources:
- Waking up Ojibwe
- Ojibwe People’s Dictionary
- Resources for Learning Ojibwe
- Anishinaabemodaa: Ojibwe Language Resources
- Ojibwe Resources