Bimose Tribal Council is pleased to announce it has launched its first Anishinaabemowin book entitled, “Gaa-gikenimigooyang, That Which They Want Us to Know”. A traditional ceremony, led by Elder Ron P. McDonald, took place on October 23, 2020 in Niisachewan Anishinaabe Nation. In attendance were the four translators: Eldon Copenace, Jason Jones, Bernice Greene, Ron P. McDonald, Elder Doreen Skead and Project Coordinator, Cynthia Jourdain.
The book features Anishinaabemowin stories shared by 25 Elders from the Bimose Tribal Council communities. The stories were video recorded in Anishinaabemowin, translated into English and assembled in book format. For language learners, the book has a side-by-side Anishinaabemowin and English comparison. Accompanying the stories are the recordings that readers may follow along and can be found on Bimose Tribal Council’s website: https://www.bimose.ca/education/language-and-culture/gaa-gikenimigooyang
Cynthia will be visiting the 25 Elders in the coming weeks to thank them in-person and honour them with a gift of a blanket, as well as distributing books to each of the Bimose Tribal Council communities and schools. Communities will determine how books will be distributed.
The book will be available, for free, to the public on December 1st, 2020 by visiting: enter link to waitlist
Bimose Tribal Council Inc. gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided for the publication of this book by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal People’s Program, Aboriginal Languages Initiative.
About the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program
The objectives of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program are to:
- strengthen Indigenous cultural identity and participation in Canadian society
- preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures