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Language: Ojibwe

  • Apr 16, 2012
  • 11:45 AM

Ojibwe iPad app brings language to world

Rick Garrick / Wawatay News
Baxter originally recorded about 140 words or phrases for the app but has only made about 70 phrases available so far. “Over the next couple of weeks we will be loading up 300 to 400 words and phrases along with objects and a lot more syllabics,” Baxter said. “So it’s going to be a pretty intense tool, and of course we are developing it further so this could be the model for language curriculum, not only in Ontario, but throughout Ontario, Manitoba and the United States.”
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:37 AM

Amazing 'talking' dictionary project helps preserve Ojibwe language

Cynthia Boyd /
Now, thanks to an amazing project in progress at the University of Minnesota and spearheaded by their Department of American Indian Studies, there’s a new online resource called “The Ojibwe Peoples Dictionary” that opens doors to the sounds and context of the indigenous Ojibwe language and will help preserve it.
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 02:32 PM

Oji-Cree, Ojibwe languages getting stronger

Rick Garrick / Wawatay News
While older youth seem to be using their languages less frequently, especially in urban centres, more elementary school children are learning Oji-Cree and Ojibwe and that has instructors optimistic for the future of the languages.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 06:42 PM

An app for Ojibway language

Garett WIlliams / Daily Miner and News
The language of Ojibway is reaching a new generation through the magic of technology. Through an application developed by Ogoki Learning Systems Inc., the next generation of First Nations are learning the language and keeping the dialect alive.
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 09:30 PM

Can Facebook Save A Dying Language?

Kristen Nozell / PSFK
Margaret Noori, a professor at the University of Michigan is exploring the implications of bridging the digital divide to use social media as a linguistic preservation tool. Noori’s studies are centered around Anishinaabemowin, the native language of the Ojibwe, Michigan’s indigenous population. However, the results of the project can be applied to all endangered languages whose speakers have access to social media.
  • Feb 28, 2012
  • 03:58 PM

Funding awarded to Alderville community for language studies

Karen Longwell / Northumberland News
..."It's a big issue, a lot of the native languages are disappearing," he said. But with funding from the federal government, that could soon change. Northumberland-Quinte West MP Rick Norlock visited the Alderville Learning Centre on Feb. 23 to announce funding of $24,652 through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal People's Program.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

Je Speak Inuktitut

Zachary Kuehner / The Mark
Aboriginal languages should be integrated into all public-school curricula so they are made available to all young Canadians, regardless of background. This may sound naïve (some may even think it misguided), but the groundwork is already being laid. Nunavut has created a bilingual education system – English and Inuktitut...
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 03:08 PM

Ojibwe language goes online

Dan Gunderson / Minnesota Public Radio
Moorhead, Minn. — The University of Minnesota has just completed work on a new on-line dictionary of Ojibwe language and culture. The dictionary has thousands of recorded Ojibwe words, and also links words to photos and documents in the Minnesota Historical Society collection.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 04:26 PM

Some Bemidji classrooms to get Ojibwe name signs

Tulsa Native American Times
Over the past year and a half, Meuers and Houle have been encouraging local businesses and organizations to install bilingual signage to increase awareness of the Ojibwe language in the community. Their original goal was to have 20 businesses participate. Today, nearly 150 sites in the Bemidji area have gone bilingual.
  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 10:58 PM

Literature the Ojibwe Way: Erdrich Sisters’ Wiigwaas Press Helps Preserve Ojibwemowin

Konnie LeMay / Indian Country Today Media
In 2008, Heid and Louise Erdrich, both authors and sisters from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, founded the Birchbark House Fund “to support the work of indigenous language scholars and authors,” Heid Erdrich told Indian Country Today Media Network. In 2010 the two created Wiigwaas Press to publish books solely in the Ojibwe language.
  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 10:51 AM

Achievements Abound for Native American Languages in 2011

Indian Country Today Media
Even though statistics say Native American languages are endangered and the U.S. Census says there are less than half a million speakers of Native languages in the country, there were a number of advancements in language revitalization and preservation throughout the year, a sampling of those are noted here:
  • Dec 18, 2011
  • 12:49 AM

Mom Turned Author Creates Aboriginal Children's Character

Indian Country Today Media
“There just didn’t seem to be anything out there for my children,” she told the Canadian digital magazine “I looked in bookshops and in the library and couldn’t find what I was looking for. I made up my mind to create a character that children could relate to but that could also be written using the Ojibwe language.”
  • Dec 15, 2011
  • 12:27 AM

Shelf-Promotion: Famed Novelist Louise Erdrich's Bookstore Stocks Great Native Books

Stephanie Woodard / Indian Country Today Media
Notable among the indigenous-language materials are three books in Ojibwe (with more to come) from Wiigwaas Press, run by Erdrich and her sister Heid, a poet and curator of Native American fine art. Most recently, the press published the engaging word-and-phrase book Daga Anishinaabemodaa (or Let’s Speak Ojibwe), by Pebaamibines/Dennis Jones, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation and a University of Minnesota Ojibwe-language instructor.
  • Dec 07, 2011
  • 10:43 AM

Harvesting learning from the Dakota Language Revitalization Citizen Health Action Team

Janice Barbee, Madeline Gardner / Twin Cities Planet
The Dakota language is at a crisis point right now; one CHAT member estimates there are only five fluent Dakota speakers left in the state of MN. The vision of the CHAT was that Dakota children learn their language at an early age, and their strategy was to start a day care for young children where they would be immersed in the Dakota language.
  • Nov 21, 2011
  • 11:16 PM

Saving A Living Language (video)

Jenny Marder / PBS NewsHour
Mary Hermes of the University of Minnesota, Duluth is a tribal language educator whose research focuses on preserving endangered languages like the Great Lakes region's Ojibwe. Her team records, translates, transcribes and annotates conversations through the use of video technology, immersion workshops and interviews with fluent tribal elders.
  • Oct 23, 2011
  • 03:23 AM

Native American Language Documentary Wins Upper Midwest Emmy

Michael Meuers / Indian Country Today Media
Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) recently announced that on September 25, the station was awarded an Upper Midwest Emmy for First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language, a documentary funded through Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment.
  • Jun 25, 2011
  • 09:58 PM

Watch a Birch Bark Canoe Being Built

Indian Country Today Media
For the second year, the Fond du Lac Cultural Center & Museum in Cloquet, Minnesota, is building a birch bark canoe and streaming it live on the web for all the world to see. The project will take about three weeks and promotes language preservation in an immersion setting.
  • Jun 23, 2011
  • 02:39 AM

Language camp teaches more than words

Jana Peterson / Pine Journal
Next weekend’s Nagaajiwanaang language camp in Sawyer promises more than Ojibwe vocabulary words and spelling lessons. The four-day camp itself will be a lesson in all things Ojibwe, from attitude to native crafts to cooking Indian corn soup with ashes, plus canoe races and other contests that teach skills valued by the traditional Ojibwe culture.
  • Jun 19, 2011
  • 05:55 PM

Provincial archives honours missionaries who devised written language for First Nations

Gayle Simonson / Edmonton Journal
In The Canadian Journal of Native Studies (XXIII, 2(2003): page 287) authors R. Alison Lewis and Louis-Jacques Dorais suggest that the three languages most often written in the syllabic script, Ojibwa, Cree and Inuktitut, are the only three Canadian aboriginal languages with excellent chances of surviving up to the end of the 21st century...
  • Jun 18, 2011
  • 08:59 PM

Camp meant to save Saulteaux language

Kerry Benjoe / Regina Leader-Post
REGINA Kamao Cappo is taking action to save the Saulteaux. On June 25, he's hosting a twoday Saulteaux Language Immersion Camp on the Muscowpetung First Nation. "Once you go into the camp there will be no English spoken," said Cappo. "Just straight Saulteaux, that's it."
  • May 28, 2011
  • 11:44 PM

Festival aims at promoting Native language

Leith Dunick /
Faced with plenty of distractions, Aboriginal elders have to work extra hard to keep their language and heritage alive. To get that message through to the younger generation, on Friday they helped host the Native Language Festival at Algonquin Avenue Public School, bringing together elders and students for a day of learning and connections.
  • May 12, 2011
  • 10:48 PM

Conference attempts to decode the loss of language issue

Jamie Monastyrski / Wawatay News
Aboriginal languages are being threatened with extinction. Parents, teachers, academics and Elders all recognize that language is culture and without one we lose the other. That is why it’s vital that retaining, relearning and introducing new methods of language retention and language instruction is necessary...
  • May 04, 2011
  • 02:11 PM

Big turnout for Ojibwe conference

Peggy Revell / Fort Frances Times
Educators, experts, and those interested in Ojibwe language education gathered here last week as the “Our Language is Our Culture” conference returned for a third year—this time round even bigger and better.
  • Apr 30, 2011
  • 04:47 PM

Wasauksing residents question candidates’ intentions

Sarah Frank /
One of the first issues brought to light by an audience member was the Ojibway language, which is dwindling in some aboriginal schools due to lack of funding. The issue of language was first brought up in Liberal candidate Cindy Waters’ introductory comments.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 12:28 PM

Mississaugas of New Credit striving to create a language ‘renaissance’

Danielle Wong /
Clynt King has witnessed a “renaissance” in his community. Growing up in the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation reserve, he was never taught the Anishinaabemowin language in school and now, a 46-year-old, he only knows a few words...