Ojibwe Language Learning Guide
“When sharing stories, Indigenous language is not just important, it is imperative. My stories are not translated, they are told (interpreted) in Indigenous languages. That way, the meaning remains true to the original telling. By taking the time to learn an Indigenous language, you will come to know the people who speak that language. Nothing tells more about a people than their language.”
- David Bouchard
The Ojibwe words that have been used in this story are from the Rainy Lake dialect, which is used in the southern part of Treaty 3. Treaty 3 territory is located in Northwestern Ontario.
Cultural Connections: Métis/Ojibway
Home Base: Victoria, BC
David Bouchard, speaker, author and educator is an award winning writer who has penned over 70 books in both English and French. David is one of Canada’s most sought after public speakers for his gift of storytelling. In 2009 he was named to the Order of Canada for his contribution as an author of children’s books. David is Métis/Ojibway of the Martin Clan, his Ojibway name is Zhiibaayaanakwad. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, David now lives in Victoria, B.C
Lesson Plans Meet Your Family (English) - Pre Order
– Brainstorming Activity
– Letter Writing
– Comprehension Questions
– Crossword Puzzle
– Word Search
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