Proud to Speak my Language
- Nishnawbe Aski Nation, 2005 -
When I grew up I lived with my parents and my brothers and sisters. There were other people who also lived in the bush near where we lived. Some of these people were relatives, or kin, and others were people that my Dad trapped and hunted with. We spoke Ojibwe. Many of the words were unique ways of describing our surroundings and the events that occurred in those surroundings. When our father taught us about the bush, the plants, the animals, the birds, the fish, and all living things it was only in our language. My parents were pleased when we used new words. I think they knew that we had learned something important to help us in life.