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.

UPCOMING CLASSES:

Online Basic Ojibway Classeswith Dorothy Eastman
Learn Anishinaabemowin on Zoom
Monday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Part 1: October 5, 2020 – December 7, 2020 (10 weeks)
Part 2: Coming January 2021
Application Form: https://forms.gle/7EFPGfYx6UFGBhny9

Online Basic Cree Classeswith Pauline Johnson
Learn Nehiyawehwin on Zoom
Tuesday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Part 1: October 6, 2020 – December 8, 2020 (10 weeks)
Part 2: Coming January 2021
Application Form: https://forms.gle/i1seAPokMK3F7nN97

Online Basic Ojibway Classes with Deborah Littlejohn
Learn Anishinaabemowin on Zoom
Wednesday afternoons 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Part 1: October 7, 2020 – December 9, 2020 (10 weeks)
Part 2: Coming January 2021
Application Form: https://forms.gle/71CB9zrnphaFMvMc7

Online Basic Cree Classeswith Dorothy Visser
Learn Nehiyawehwin on Zoom
Thursday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Part 1: October 8, 2020 – December 10, 2020 (10 weeks)
Part 2: Coming January 2021
Application Form: https://forms.gle/urY2E9iqtHHd4NjLA

There are several steps in the program:

  • Introduction to Cree and Ojibway language program: is just now finishing up its fifth cycle and will start a BASIC Cree and Ojibway class.
  • Cree and Ojibway Conversations Circles: New class information to come!
  • Cree and Ojibway Drop In Circles: New class information to come!

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

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Cree Resources:

Ojibway (Ojibwe) Resources: