The Bimose Tribal Council is working to bring communities together to collect and document stories based on traditional teachings, beliefs and the Anishinaabemowin way of life.
Bimose has received funding through the Canadian Heritage Aboriginal Peoples’ Program for the Language Revitalization Project, to revitalize the traditional Anishinaabemowin language.
“It has come to a critical point in time where we must bring back the language to preserve our culture and identity as Anishinaabe people,” says Cultural Advisor, Jim Green, regarding the decline of use and resources in Anishinaabemowin.
With the collection of stories, the project will be aimed towards documenting the language, focused on uncommon and “old words” in creating resources using this information in our area that will be accessible by our communities, schools and the public in efforts to revive Anishinaabemowin.
“It’s an exciting project where we our envisioning Elders from our communities visiting each other and sharing stories from long ago,” said project lead, Cynthia Jourdain.
“The secondary part is the documentation of the stories that will eventually form a book that reflects the dialect of our territory. I hope the book will be something that our communities will be proud to share in years to come.”
Bimose Tribal Council has been operating since 1989 and is owned and directed by 10 Anishinaabe communities in Northwestern Ontario.
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