Anishinaabemowin Gikinoo’amaaganag

Language Learners

The Rainy River District School Board and Seven Generations Education Institute have partnered to support Anishinaabemowin programming in schools. Along with programming within the elementary and secondary schools, we are fortunate to be partnered with preschool settings in the district where Anishinaabemowin is encouraged and supported.

Land based pedagogy increases experiential learning and emphasizes the interconnectedness of Anishinaabe language, culture, and land which is highly valued in the classroom. The use of technology in the Anishinaabemowin program enriches students’ 21st Century skills and allows them to explore further language learning.

This programming is supported by language speakers, knowledge keepers, and elders who come into the classrooms and offer learning experiences. This supports students, teachers, and families in their journey of learning and speaking Anishinaabemowin which is the goal of the Anishinaabemodaa initiative. 

Additionally we are able to offer virtual learning opportunities for the public which focus on Anishinaabe language, teachings, and culture. These sessions are recorded and offered to the public. Some session recordings are not offered on this public platform, but can be accessed if requested. Please contact us if you would like to access these recordings. 

Mentor Learner Program

Offered in partnership with the Rainy River District School Board, the Mentor Learner program is available students in grade 9 and 10 at Fort Frances High School who are enrolled in Anishinaabemowin classes. These students are cohorted with an Instructor and eventually paired with a fluent language speaker from their community. They are taught grammar, functions, conversations, skills, and given immense traditional knowledge throughout their time in the program. Students are given a training wage and commit 15 hours per week to their learning outside of school hours. This program sets students up for a successful future within Anishinaabemowin revitalization regardless of their chosen field of study upon graduation. 

Intake Information

Cohorts are created in an ongoing process. If you fit the criteria and are interested in being a part of the program, click below to fill out the intake form and you will be contact during the next intake. 

Intake Form

Adult Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program

This program is currently in its second year with the second cohort. These learners stay in a cohort for three years in a classroom setting at Seven Generations Education Institute where they learn grammar, functions, conversations, skills, and traditional knowledge. 

Intake Information

Intake is currently closed.
Check back for applications & announcements.

Community Adult Anishinaabemowin Programs

Zhingwaako Zaaga’iganing, Naongashiing, & Mishkosiminiziibing

The Community Adult Anishinaabemowin Programs have been in place since 2018. Small cohorts of adult learners gather with their instructors to learn Anishinaabemowin in a community setting. The programs are community driven and center on learning plans created by the fluent speaker instructors. These programs were created in response to the need for semi-structured adult learning within the communities that were too distant to participate in the Adult Anishinaabemowin Revitalization class at SGEI. 

To learn more about these programs, contact Waawaategiizhigok Shannon King.

Indigenous Songs & Stories

Seven Generations Education Institute & Sault College have partnered to create an online learning experience which centers Anishinaabe Gikendaasowin – Anishinaabe Knowledge – by utilizing Anishinaabe songs and stories to assist learners in their journey of understanding fundamental concepts in relation to language revitalization and resurgence. The course begins by inquiring into the history of Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language) and forming a beginner’s comprehension of introductory language skills in Anishinaabemowin. Learners will explore their role in maintaining the Anishinaabe stories and songs shared throughout the course. Learners will also build the capacity to engage with knowledge keepers and elders to support the ongoing resurgence of Anishinaabemowin within their respective fields.

Anishinaabemodaa! – Language Revitalization Platform 

This is a beginner-level Anishinaabemowin course consisting of 120 modules. Each module takes approximately 1 hour to complete. You will learn how to use various types of vocabulary and basic sentences (grammatical patterns). This course is designed to help learners attain a basic understanding of the dialect after completing the first 40 modules. Learners at this point should be able to provide one word responses. After completion of the entire course (120 modules), learners should find themselves with the ability to respond with 2 or more sentences.

This course has been designed to give you more vocabulary and grammar patterns than you can learn immediately. Students who have gone through this course have found that after Module 20, comprehension and retention gets easier. Keep in mind that developing any new skill, such as language learning, takes time, effort, dedication and practice – it will not “click” right away, and that is okay!

Click Here to Register & Learn with Anishinaabemodaa!
Interview with CBC Radio 

This interview explains more about the Anishinaabemodaa! Language Revitalization Platform

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Anishinaabemowin Learning Videos

To see more videos visit our YouTube Channel

Conjugation Charts

These conjugation charts have been created based on many years of learning and teaching in local environments. They can be edited for your community speech patterns, and are colour and shape coded for easier referencing while teaching. There is also an Anishinaabemowin Quick Reference Sheet included for rules and information at a glance when needed. To see more paradigms we encourage you to visit Rand Valentine’s work online. 

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