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.
There are several steps in the program:
- Introduction to Cree and Ojibway language program: is just now finishing up its fourth cycle and will start a BASIC Cree and Ojibway class in January 2020.
- 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
- Listen to words spoken by our Cree Introduction Teachers (Page to come)
- Resources for Learning Cree
- Online Cree Dictionary
- Cree Language Resources
- Cree Language Sharing
- Indigenous Language Revitalization (Cree Resources)
Ojibway (Ojibwe) Resources:
- 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