Ojibwemowin for Everyone
-Implement and train on a new scope and sequence model for preschool-early childhood Ojibwe language instruction.
-Staff training on the new model conducted by Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia with ongoing Skype session support
-Curriculum development (k-5)
-Immersion school collaboration and site visits
-Dual language road sides for community to increase public awareness of Ojibwe language
Minnesota’s most enduring languages are in danger of disappearing. Without timely intervention, the use of Dakota and Ojibwe languages – like indigenous languages throughout the globe – will decline to a point beyond recovery.
These languages embody irreplaceable worldviews. They express, reflect, and maintain communal connections and ways of understanding the world. Deeper than the disuse of vocabulary or grammar, the loss of an indigenous language is destruction of a complex system for ordering the relationships among people and the natural world, for solving social problems, and connecting people to something beyond themselves.
As languages are inherently inseparable from individual and communal identity, they are difficult to eradicate from a culture. Severing the people from their lands, denying them sustenance, and forcing them into English-only boarding schools was not successful in destroying these languages. For more than 100 years such assaults were aggressively pursued as the official policy of federal and state governments in the United States in attempt to eradicate the languages, and yet the languages of the Dakota and Ojibwe people survive. The survival of Dakota and Ojibwe languages, however, remains threatened. Indigenous language revitalization now requires heroic measures in order for these languages to not only survive, but to thrive and to live on for future generations
This grant money will be used to implement and train on the new scope and sequence model for preschool-early childhood (K-3) for Ojibwe language instruction. Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia will provide whole staff training on the new model with follow-up Skype sessions. The project will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate language skills to the community and to develop the new scope and sequence model with curriculum framework up to fifth grade by the end of the second year of the grant. GIM will provide training to White Earth staff to become coaches to other White Earth educational sites. Printed materials will be provided to the K-3 general education classrooms to support language awareness. Program participants will visit an immersion school and the project will also create dual language road signs to generate public awareness of Ojibwe language.