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Native language teachers will gather in August

Friday, June 13, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ALGOMA UNIVERSITY

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The Anishinaabekwe of the North Shore, Local of the Ontario Native Women's Association, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID) of Algoma University, and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, will co-host a Native Language Teachers' Gathering, "N'Bagidawaamin ji-Nita-kinomaageyaang: Maamawizidaa ooshame ji nitaa Kinoomaage ying maanda Anishinaabemowin - Creating Anishinaabe Networks for Teaching: Let's get together/gather so we can better teach the Anishinaabe language", on August 7 and 8, 2014 at Algoma University.

This two-day event is organized to bring together Native Language Teachers who are currently teaching the Ojibwe language in elementary, secondary, post-secondary and community-based language programs. 

Many of the Native Language Teachers, whose first language is a native language, are former residential school Survivors and are now Elders who are near retirement age. 

This gathering allows people to learn from the Elders before they pass to the spirit world.  

The gathering is open to future Native Language Teachers replacing these Elders, who are second language speakers, and who will benefit from learning from current Native Language Teachers.

This gathering will bring together these two groups of teachers with the intent of sharing ideas, resource materials, teaching techniques, and student assessment models for use in the regular school classrooms or immersion language programs.

Elders are an important link to the past as keepers of the language and to the future in maintaining and sustaining the current language teachers.  

Elders provide guidance, support, and encouragement and offer teachers an opportunity for learning and sharing with one another in using and teaching in the language.

Registration is $100.00 for the two-day gathering and those interested can register by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Judy Syrette the Director of Anishinaabe Student Success at Algoma U at 705-949-2301, Ext. 4335 or email judy.syrette@algomau.ca, or Margaret Hele, Anishinaabekwe of the North Shore, ONWA at 705-946-7781 or email beasts60@hotmail.com.

This initiative was supported by the following community partners - the Anishinaabemowin Language program Algoma University, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, the Algoma District School Board, the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, Adults in Motion Private High School in Garden River First Nation, Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, the Indian Friendship Centre, and St. John's Anglican Church of Garden River.

The gathering was made possible by funding from the Anglican Healing and Reconciliation Fund.

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rugerben 6/13/2014 12:26:52 PM Report

This is a complete waste of our tax money
moem 6/13/2014 12:35:52 PM Report

I can think of many ways that tax dollars are wasted, funding religious based schools for example. However preserving the first languages of this country is not a waste of tax dollars.
Asuna 6/13/2014 1:03:00 PM Report

I took Ojibwe in highschool, even though not native myself.

The teacher I had I will remember forever, the language I still retain to this day (seven years ago )and I'm VERY glad I took that class.

And thankful I was able to learn the language,culture, and other aspects.


Christina216 6/13/2014 1:14:31 PM Report

How is this a waste of taxpayers money?
Christina216 6/13/2014 1:15:29 PM Report

"The gathering was made possible by funding from the Anglican Healing and Reconciliation Fund."
angens 6/13/2014 1:33:15 PM Report

@rugergen...Go ahead and hide behind the "taxpayer" title to disguise your racist self. Nothing new around these parts. Too preoccupied with negativity in order to get the story straight. Happy Friday SSM!
Alphie 6/13/2014 3:52:27 PM Report

Lots of companies looking for Natives who speak their native tongue. A another case of well spent tax dollars.
sportsfan17 6/13/2014 4:12:13 PM Report

Actually Rugerben, if you think about it, this is great use of our tax money. Besides the obvious cultural benefits of preserving a language, this is going to bring in a decent amount of people who will then spend money on accommodation, dining and other potential indirect economic benefits. Sure, it's not going to generate millions of dollars but encouraging economic activity in the region is NEVER a bad thing.
the_mage 6/13/2014 4:44:21 PM Report

There is always somebody moaning about tax dollars.
shju 6/13/2014 5:12:45 PM Report

I would like to see more languages taught in schools. They don't teach math anymore so the kids might as well pick up some basic skills.
Jimssm 6/14/2014 9:04:01 AM Report

This doesn't use any tax dollars.

This doesn't use any tax dollars.

This doesn't use any tax dollars.

This doesn't use any tax dollars.



Sheesh !!

guestwho 6/14/2014 1:07:26 PM Report

should teach english in school,
u no ? eye meen
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