Language and Culture Resource Center to locate and centralize the existing resources relating to the Bois Forte Language and culuture. To also provide Bois Forte community with opportunities to learn the language and culture, not only in an edcuational setting but also in a hands on setting while engaging cultural practices.
The Niigaane program focus is on Ojibwemowin curriculum development and delivery. Ojibwemowin is the vehicle used to educate our students in kindergarten through sixth grade. We rely on our First Language Elder Speakers to help facilitate and guide our teachers and students in Ojibwe language acquisition. Ojibwe cultural activities are integrated within the academic lessons. Ojibwemowin classes and family centered activities are hosted by Niigaane staff to promote language preservation and acquisition efforts for all family and community members.
Cansayapi will: 1) Increase teaching tools for the community by translating eight (8) curriculum units for the Dakota Immersion School and developing a ?second-year high school Dakota language syllabus that meets ACTFL world standards for listening and speaking; 2) Introduce and build the Dakota language skills of 122 community members; and 3) extend Dakota language use across the community through expanded technologically-based language interpretation at Lower Sioux?s Historic Site.
Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang - will train five staff members in the language and practice of traditional activities associated with babies and parenting, led by knowledgeable elder-first speakers with years of experience. Staff members will spend a total of 16 days with four elder-first speakers engaged in language associated with pregnancy, birthing, newborns, infants, toddlers, cradleboard, moss bags, baby swing, and baby rattles. We will make audio-video recordings of these training sessions to have as a detailed record and reference tool.