There are a number of projects we are working on in 2020-2021. Stay tuned for further updates. Projects will be announced as they are started and are progressing.
Building Technology Around Our Languages
Building technology around our unique languages is an exercise in LANGUAGE PRESERVATION and in looking seven-generations ahead. In the near future, we will be entering into an agreement with Constance Lake First Nation and the Constance Lake First Nation Education Authority Board (CLEA) to begin a 2-Year project that will result in the development of a language app in the 3 languages of CLFN to be made available in the iPhone/Apple, Android and Website/Webpage platforms as follows:
- iPhone app that includes a minimum of 600 Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibwe words/phrases in 31 or more searchable categories to be made available online on the Apple iTunes Store, it may also include games and/or history/culture notes
- Android app that includes a minimum of 600 Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibwe words/phrases in 31 or more searchable categories to be made available online on the Google Play Store, it may also include games and/or history/culture notes
- Online content that includes a minimum of 600 Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibwe words/phrases in 31 or more searchable categories to be made available to post on a website/webpage, it may also include games and/or history/culture notes
The language app will be available for download on iTunes and will be utilized in the community schools as follows: Mamawmatawa Holistic Education Centre Elementary, Mamawmatawa Holistic Education Centre Secondary, Josie Bluff Memorial Christian School and the Little Lambs Daycare Centre.
By working together, we will address the concern that the number of fluent Cree, Oji-Cree and Ojibwe speakers in the community are decreasing and no new fluent speakers are being developed. It will also respond to one of the ways the people of Constance Lake First Nation want to learn the language (which is “on my own” as indicated in the report: ‘Understanding the 21st Century Language Needs of CLFN’ completed in the winter of 2019/2020).
Demarcation of Signs on Ancestral Lands and in the Community
In an effort to strengthen our connection to our traditional lands and waterways and increase the visibility of our languages in our community, we are working on a signage project. To see how other communities use signage to encourage use of the traditional language, click on the articles below:
Language Immersion House and Cultural Centre
Language and culture are one in the same. As one of our longer-term goals (and by 2025 or sooner) we want to create a physical space for our members to experience our language and culture. It would be a culturally safe place for the community to come together and take part in either being immersed in our language or to come and learn it. It would include a space to conduct our cultural practices and celebrations. We envision a beautiful log home area surrounded by permanent teepees and other structures where we can build to smoke our geese, our fish, our moose meat, tan our hides, build our snowshoes, etc.
It would be a place where there are connections to nature/community and alignment with our worldview by providing connections to Elders, to the natural world and community role models. It would be a place that would connect existing programs and events in the community. It would be an ongoing cultural resource for future generations and would work to strengthen cultural knowledge that exists in the community in one place.
We are at the beginning of this process and will be beginning on community engagement and a project description to begin a feasibility study. We will be working with Constance Lake First Nation leadership and any other community groups/individuals as we progress.
Cultural Preservation Projects
More information to follow.