Initiative to Revitalize Ojibwe, Dakota, and Other Languages
Native language loss and decline is rooted in a historic legacy which included the systematic suppression of language, cultural and spiritual practices. Today, Minnesota’s Native languages are being spoken fluently by a declining number of our community elders. Immediate steps and innovative approaches are necessary so that the younger generations in Minnesota’s Indigenous communities will come to use and enjoy their heritage language. The worldview of a people is rooted in language.
The title of the Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium in the Ojibwe language is Anishinaabemodaa ji-gikenindizoyang. It means "Let's speak our [Indigenous] language so we may know ourselves." The title of the symposium in the Dakota language is Dakotia wounhdakpi kte heced sdodunkic'iyapi kte ye/do, which means "We will speak Dakota so that we will know ourselves."
Tribal leaders, community organizations, schools and others interested in language revitalization are encouraged and invited to attend. The symposium will be held May 17 and 18 in the UMD Kirby Ballroom.
Accommodations at the Edgewater Water Park, for more information please see out website: http://www.d.umn.edu/~indianed/symposium.html, or contact: Jennifer Niemi, Eni-gikendaasoyang, University of Minnesota. Phone: 218-726-8419. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
— Cheryl Reitan
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