Anishinaabemodaa miinawaa: "Let's speak Anishinaabemowin again".
Bimose Tribal Council and its governing member communities have set out goals of revitalizing and preserving Anishinaabemowin for our future generations. Under this direction, Bimose Tribal Council has undertaken a number of initiatives.
Projects have been funded through the Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Languages Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Education, Indigenous Languages Fund, and the Ontario Arts Council. Through these generous funding opportunities, Bimose Language and Culture staff have been very busy.
The projects include the completion of a book of short stories in Anishinaabemowin shared by the communities Bimose serves, training for Bimose Native Language Teachers, creation of Anishinaabemowin resources and curriculum for teachers and students.
As the Federal Government works towards the official Native Languages Act, Bimose Tribal Council will continue to seek funding opportunities and grow its capacity in Anishinaabemowin language revitalization and preservation.
Jim B. Green, Language and Cultural Advisor
This position in the tribal council is dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of Anishinaabemowin and our traditional ways. Several years back all members of Anishinaabe communities spoke Anishinaabemowin. It is the goal to have many speakers again and to practice and learn our ways of traditional life and the Anishinaabe language that comes with it.
“It is the goal to have many speakers again and to practice and learn our ways of traditional life and the Anishinaabe language that comes with it.” – Jim Green
Cynthia Jourdain, Anishinaabe Project Coordinator
As the Anishinaabemowin Project Coordinator, Cynthia’s main role is to coordinate the projects currently funded and to look at potential opportunities going forward. This includes completing project deliverables within specific time frames and within budget. One of Cynthia’s main goals in her personal life is to relearn Anishinaabemowin.