WVC Helps to Revitalize and Encourage First Nations Language Learning
Students who attend any of MFNERC’s partner schools are eligible to study either the grade 9 Ojibwe 11G or now the new grade 10 Ojibwe 21G course. Students learn to converse, read and write in Ojibwe by using the language strands: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Each unit consists of topics with lessons in the Ojibwe language. All lessons must be completed to get a letter grade. The Units consists of general learning outcomes, cultural components, grammar elements, Ojibwe vocabulary and sentences to learn conversational Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). The Cultural component provides an Ojibwe (perspective) worldview.
The Ojibwe people are also identified as Saulteaux, Chippewa or Ojibwa in English and in Anishinaabe(g) in Ojibwe.
The Ojibwe Alphabet has 7 vowels- 4 long vowels (e,aa,ii,oo) and 3 short vowels (a,i,o) and 16 consonants and a glottal stop (b,ch,d,g,j,k,m,n,p,s,t,sh,zh, w,y, z,’ ).
The basic Ojibwe grammar elements will help clarify sentence structures and word order.
The Ojibwe Language has 7 major regional dialects and there are sub dialects. In Manitoba, the Ojibwe sub dialects vary.
As you learn to speak Ojibwe, you will notice other speakers may say some words differently. The pronunciations of words differ in the Ojibwe dialects and the change occurs in either the medial (middle) or final (end) of a word. All Ojibwe speakers from different regions understand each other and they are able to converse with one another. E.g. day – giizhigad or giizhigan
If you would like to learn more about this course please email Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate