Seven Oaks School Division boosts bilingual Ojibwa program with dictionary, free app

The Seven Oaks School Division has come up with new solutions to boost its bilingual Ojibwa program at Riverbend Community School. Teachers in Winnipeg recognized the need for an introductory dictionary in 2021 and developed a 118-page online dictionary called Giga-Ganoonidimin Miinawaa (which translates to “we will talk together again”) as well as a free app called They are Talking. The resources are designed for young learners and feature over 500 words and phrases, including animal names, emotions, grocery items, and questions. The dictionary includes explanations about the writing system and vowel sounds, and the app includes audio clips. “This is the way that we’re rewriting our own future… I just love hearing (kids speak Anishinaabemowin). It’s like self actualization – being able to be in a place where you can hear your whole language,” said Riverbend Anishinaabe teacher Pamela Morrison.

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