Anishinaabe Language Bowl 2016

Kitchi miigwetch to all our schools for coming out to the Anishinaabemowin Bowl at Thomas Aquinas School. It was a huge success to hear our children speaking the language so eloquently. Truly it was a great event and at one station all the children had to sing in the language. Our children from the schools are learning the language. We all should be very proud of our children.

Bimose and KCDSB worked in partnership and both organizations came together to support the Language Bowl. Thomas Aquinas School was a super great host. They took very good care of our schools. Dean Woodbeck, Chaplain of the school, said the opening prayer. Paul White, Superintendent KCDSB, Phyllis Ekre, Director of Education, KCDSB, Mary Cullingham, Superintendent KCDSB, Michelle Sawa, Principal of TA and Victoria Swejda, Vice Principal of TA, Shelly Tom, First Nation, Metis and Inuit Coordinator and of course Andy Graham, Director of Education on behalf of Bimose all danced in Grand Entry with our schools. It was a beautiful sight.

Our children are precious and they are learning the language at a very fast rate. Thank you to the singers, Jason Williamson, Steve Fisher, Eldon Copenace, Alex Copenace and Howard Copenace, resident Elder for KCDSB for sharing your gift of song. Miigwetch to Jim Green, our Cultural and Language Advisor, did a great job of being our announcer. Jim is a great advocate for the language and always promotes the language in a good way. Kyra Adams, Education Administration Assistant, assisted in things that needed to be done. Honourable mention is conveyed to all our moderators and thanks so much for your assistance. They are all fluent speakers I may add. Miigwetch to Howard Copenace, Shelley Tom, Isobel White, Elaine White, Judy Lands, Bernice Greene, Gwen Redsky and Darlene Bunting. They did a fantastic job. The children all had so much fun and that's what it’s all about. Our children are having fun learning the language. Language is identity.



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