In our community, each of us can take an active role in keeping our language alive in our homes and beyond. At Maajiigin, our commitment is to expand our community capacity for language revitalization by creating a learning environment that supports language growth for the adults in our community.
Each family is asked to take part in this effort either by attending our language family cohort or through another venue. We ask that you set attainable and actionable language goals for yourself and your family and that you actively contribute to our Ojibwe language community by speaking as much Ojibwe at home and at Maajiigin.
By working together, we can impact the health of our revitalization effort in Leech Lake.
Make a language plan:
In order to make strides towards creating an Ojibwe language speaking community, we must set achievable, meaningful goals and make a plan on how we will reach them.
Each of us has different levels of Ojibwe skill. The first step is to figure out what you know and what you need to work on next and go from there.
One way is to write a list of words and phrases you already know but haven’t started to use yet. Make a plan to use what you already know every day all day long. The next step is to identify routines and common sayings you can replace with Ojibwe.
Building "nests" in your house
It can be overwhelming to consider building an Ojibwe language rich home. One way to approach language learning is to create spaces in your routines for Ojibwe. Think about routines you and your family do every single day. Mealtime comes to mind. We eat every day.
- Think about common phrases you use during those routines.
- Gather language you need to do that activity solely in Ojibwe.
- If you don’t know most of phrases, start small.
Set a goal of 5-10 phrases to use daily, and then set a goal to learn and use those phrases.
- Write them so you can say them and hang them on your wall where you can see them when you need them.
Language "nest" sheets
We’ve put together some resources to get you started. Remember, it’s easier to build success when we set small, achievable goals.
- Getting Ready – Getting dressed
- Cleaning up house
- Washing dishes
- Picking up
Language resource links:
The Ojibwe people's dictionary
Waking up Ojibwe
Fond Du Lac Band learning materials
Audio Series - learning the Ojibwe language
Audio Series - Ojibwe stories
Ojibwe Immersion Academy