March 31st, 2022
Treaty 2 Territory – “Gii-Gichi Piidaandaagozim” (You are all held in the highest-regard)
Today on National Indigenous Languages Day, our Niigaaniiziiwad Ogimaag honours our Anishinaabek peoples that carry and share our sacred Anishinaabemowin. Today, and every day we want to celebrate the strong daily contributions from our Anishinaabemowin Language Teachers in our Territory.
We recognize that you answered the call of our ancestors to protect our way of life.
We recognize your daily heroic efforts to withstand the intergenerational impacts and share your gifts in our classrooms, workplaces and in our homes.
We recognize that too often you have faced harsh and challenging criticisms while on this sacred path to honour our Anishinaabemowin.
We recognize that your post-secondary path kept you away from your homelands while you pursued teaching degrees and certification away from home.
We recognize your determination to create and develop your own curriculum because your special gifts called for this. And that at most times, found yourself having to pay out of pocket for resources due to having a minimal budget to work with or having no budget at all.
We recognize that this sacred responsibility to revitalize Anishinaabemowin does not solely rest on your shoulders.
We recognize the love, courage, and respect of your fight to share your knowledge with our Abinoonjiiwag.
We can’t say this enough, Gichi Miigwech for being a sacred protector of our identity and our Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziiwin.
“Our Anishinaabek Nation is excited to be launching our ‘Ji-Aambiniimong Anishinaabemowin Strategy’ – We strongly associate Anishinaabemowin with Onakonegewin; and to protect and promote our inherent right to speak Anishinaabemowin – the launch of the Anishinaabemowin survey will be made available to our Citizens. It is a critical time with Ziigwan fast approaching which means it’s time to renew our commitments to learning land-based teachings. Through the survey our aim is to learn about first and second language speakers we have in the Territory; and we certainly look forward to hearing how we can revitalize our original way of relating to each other and to Kidaakiiminon” shared Ogichidaa Cornell McLean.
For more information on the Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory, please visit our website at www.fnt2t.com
For Media Inquiries:
Danielle McGurry, Communications Keeper
First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory
(204) 638.3797 | Email: Danielle.McGurry@fnt2t.com
Last modified: March 31, 2022