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U of W Offering Free Ojibwe Language Classes

March 21, 2012 6:42 AM | News

Free Ojibwe language classes are being offered at the University of Winnipeg’s Wii Chiiwaaknak Learning Centre.

To help keep the language alive, “Let’s Speak Ojibwe To Our Kids” classes for parents and children will help those to learn Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language).

CBC Manitoba reporter Wab Kinew and his father, U of W Elder and instructor, Tobasonakwut Kinew, are among those volunteering to lead the classes that involve songs and crafts to engage their young students in learning and preserving Ojibwe.

“Language is the most important way to hang on to our identity,” Wab Kinew said. “It celebrates our identity and reveals how our Elders see the world and it makes them happy when they hear the young people speaking it.”

“Let’s Talk Ojibwe” combined with “Let’s Talk Science” will give families the chance to learn Ojibwe while performing a science experiment together on Thursday, March 22 beginning at 6 p.m.