Getting Creative with Language Preservation

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We often find ourselves broadening the scope of our capabilities and expanding our skills in new directions. This year was no exception. One of our longest-standing clients, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, approached us in February to help them with a language preservation project.

The project involved two components: an Ojibway/English calendar and videos of Elders pronouncing common words and phrases in both languages. Our creative team is always looking for new ways to apply our skills in graphic design, and taking part in this project was an exciting extension of our services.

The concept for the calendar is so brilliant that we wish we came up with it ourselves. Each month includes a new category of Ojibway-English words so that individuals can learn different sets of words throughout the year. We can see the calendar being a unique way to teach the Ojibway language while also helping Mitaanjigamiing community members preserve their language.

The second part of the project involved video recording Elders speaking Ojibway words and phrases. We added subtitles to provide both spelling and pronunciation, and grouped them into subject categories to help with searchability. The videos will be organized into a resourceful online catalogue that can help to preserve language and support learning opportunities for youth. We believe the catalogue will be a fantastic resource for the community to use both now and in the future.

We are grateful that we got the opportunity to work on such an important project with Mitaanjigamiing. As language preservation continues to grow in its importance, we hope to continue supporting the revitalization process.