Connecting With Our First Family: Learning Ojibwe with Numbers & Animals (Children's Book)
Art has a way of provoking our senses and inviting us to explore different ways of understanding ourselves and the world around us. Images can capture our imagination and draw us into a moment, an emotion, a teaching and into a deeper state of curiosity.
Over the past two years, TakingITGlobal’s Connected North program has partnered with Indigenous Artist and Visual Story Teller Nyle Miigizi Johnston to develop an Ojibwe Language and Education Resource called Connecting with our First Family. The collection of images featuring different line drawings of animals, birds and insects created by Miigizi are being transformed into a series of educational resources, games and learning activities for classrooms and youth groups. We are delighted to collaborate with Author Nicole Ineese-Nash on this children’s book to support learning numbers and animals in Ojibwe.
This growing body of work contributes to supporting support students and educators in the process of understanding and appreciating the many diverse Indigenous languages, cultures and communities while strengthening connection to identity and our relationship to the land. The project also serves as a catalyst for developing resources in other Indigenous languages in communities where Connected North partner schools are based.
We would like to acknowledge that there are many different dialects and written forms across the diverse Indigenous languages that have been translated as part of this resource and we are grateful to the community members who have shared their teachings, understanding and translations as part of this project. This book has been translated by Jason Jones from Treaty 3 who has been working with our Connected North team in partnership with Rainy River District School Board. We are happy to be able to share this learning experience with you and hope it will inspire children, youth to develop their own ideas, creativity and talents as leaders of their communities who have a role in shaping the future.