Many Indigenous languages are disappearing due to colonialism, residential schools and backward government policies. As the years pass there are fewer and fewer fluent speakers left.
The Pacific Association of First Nations Women is facilitating a Cree and Ojibway Language Program. Several elders who are fluent in either language have volunteered to be teachers and pass down their knowledge. This program is open to Indigenous people who are of Cree or Ojibway decent. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Here is a CBC radio interview of one of our Cree language instructors, Elder Dorothy Visser, speaking about language revitalization and residential schools on Orange Shirt Day.
There are several components in the Language Program:
- The Introduction to Cree and Ojibway language courses have completed five cycles.
- The ongoing Basic Cree and Ojibway courses have completed three cycles, and a fourth began on April 12, 2021.
- Cree and Ojibway Intensive Courses: Registration open on May 3, 2021.
- Cree and Ojibway Conversations Circles: New class information to come!
- Cree and Ojibway Drop In Circles: New class information to come!
> Listen to words spoken by our Ojibway Introduction Teachers
> Waking up Ojibwe
> Ojibwe People’s Dictionary
> Resources for Learning Ojibwe
> Anishinaabemodaa: Ojibwe Language Resources
> Ojibwe Resources
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 everyone’s stories and all learning together.“
We are grateful for the ongoing support from the First People’s Cultural Council