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: 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 everyones stories and all learning together.“
- 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