It is important to start with the fact that Anishinaabemowin faces extinction. The effects of colonization, the residential and Mission school system, and the child welfare system in Canada have been devastating to our language, and in turn our People and identity.
Our language and culture were originally passed on orally by our Elders and older family relations to the younger generations. This has now changed. Anishinaabemowin now relies on the younger generations to learn and pass on our language to future generations.
This preservation of our traditional language is vital as it directly correlates to increased self-esteem and community well-being, and the survival of Anishinaabe culture and identity. Cultural protocols and understanding of the world around us and our place within it are built into our language and the land.
Our Youth are so important in Anishinaabe revitalization, and we hope these links and resources help light the fire of learning in our membership!