Anishinaabewin Toolkit

Rainbow District School Board has developed this resource for families who have children studying Anishinaabewin and would like to support their language learning at home.

Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe) Language Book – |

1.30MB  ~  64 pages

Grade Levels: Grade 1 & Up including adults
Themes/Lessons: 18

Shawanda, Gordon, 1946-
Anishnaabemowin: miinwa anishnaabe zheyaawin – Our language, our culture
ISBN: 0-9688779-0-7

Lessons are suitable for first grade and up and to first time adult beginners. Students will develop listening and speaking skills. This booklet was written to assist students who wish to learn the Anishnaabe language. The author does not claim that students will learn the Anishnaabe language solely from this written material. It is a tool which may help the students learn when used with other materials. (..continued on page 4)


Language Arts Lesson Plans – Grades 1-12 (Dragonfly Canada)

Lesson Plans Download

Discrimination & Identity

Grade Levels: 7-12
Subjects: Language, English
Objective:Students will gain an understanding of how bias and discrimination affect the lives and identities of Aboriginal peoples, and how experiencing bias and discrimination affects the choices people make later in life.
Materials: April Raintree / In Search of April Raintree


Aboriginal Diversity & Languages

Grade Levels: 1-12
Subjects: Language, Social Studies, Math, Geography, English
Objective:Students will learn about diversity among Aboriginal peoples; diversity of Aboriginal languages; effect of geography on culture; and Aboriginal language survival.
Materials: “Welcome” Poster – Aboriginal Languages


Fishing for Put-Ups

Grade Levels: 1, 2, 4 & 5
Subjects: Language & Social Studies
Objective: Students will learn the difference between “put-ups” and put-downs; how to think positively about self and increase positive self-talk; how thinking positively relates to respecting others.
1. I Like Who I Am, by Tara White (Theytus Books)
2. Construction paper
3. Pipe cleaners
4. Markers/pencil crayons
5. One-hole punch


Source: Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada

Ojibwe Dictionary

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary is a searchable, talking Ojibwe-English dictionary that features the voices of Ojibwe speakers. It is also a gateway into the Ojibwe collections at the Minnesota Historical Society. Along with detailed Ojibwe language entries and voices, you will find beautiful cultural items, photographs, and excerpts from relevant historical documents. Whenever possible, we provide examples of documents in the Ojibwe language.

The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary has thousands of entries and audio, with more coming online each week. It is our goal to make The Ojibwe People’s Dictionary a continually expanding resource for Ojibwe language and culture.

Ojibwe Dictionary.

“Indian Givers” (2012) – Rocketship Productions Documentary (1hr)

“Indian Givers” (2012) is a mixed-art documentary film, produced by the Sarnia/Aamjiwnaang-based Kiijig Collective, made collaboratively by and for Native and non-Native youth, shot and edited by Ian Alexander of Rocketship Productions and SCITS student Sadie Mallon. This 60-minute film invites the audience on a journey with the characters by stepping into their lives as they reveal the survival of their spiritual identities in today’s world.INDIAN GIVERS – YouTube.