The Wikwemikong Board of Education recognizes the critical state of our Anishinaabe language therefore it is implementing an Anishinaabemowin Literacy block to it’s current education system. It is the long term goal of the Wikwemikong Board of Education to:
- Provide longer Anishinaabemowin classes from kindergarten to grade four
- Achieve functional Anishinaabemowin speakers by the end of Primary/Junior grades
- Youth speaking Anishinaabemowin in daily situations, competitions and at conferences
- Encourage Anishinaabemowin at home by speaking to parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family. Most importantly speaking at school and in and around the community
Positive outcomes are endless with Anishinaabemowin programming. It is the vision to continue to achieve high academic levels and continue a positive self-concept of Anishinaabe Nation world views.
With the cooperation of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve organizations, elders and fluent speakers are routinely brought together to assist with translating words into Anishinaabemowin. The ACD advisory committee consists of retired teachers and fluent speakers and was created to provide guidance in the development of Anishinaabemowin educational resource materials. These materials are strategically developed to complement the existing Ministry of Education and First Nations Students Success Program initiatives.
Dawn Wemigwans | Team Leader