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.


Note: Our classes below are now full and new cohorts will begin in April 2021!


Current Full Classes:

Online Basic Ojibway Classes with Elder Dorothy Eastman
Learn Anishinaabemowin on Zoom
Monday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M
January 4, 2021 – March 15, 2021 (10 weeks, no class Feb 15, 2021)

Online Basic Ojibway Classes with Deborah Littlejohn
Learn Anishinaabemowin on Zoom
Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M
January 6, 2021 – March 10, 2021 (10 weeks)

Online Basic Cree Classes with Elder Fish Woman
Learn Nehiyawehwin on Zoom
Tuesday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M
January 5, 2021 – March 9, 2021 (10 weeks)

Online Basic Cree Classes with Elder Dorothy Visser
Learn Nehiyawehwin on Zoom
Thursday evenings 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
January 7, 2021 – March 11, 2021 (10 weeks)


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: