Making Ancestors Proud: Winnipeg Transcription Workshop

kimamihcihâwâwak kitâniski-wâhkômâkanak
ᑭᒪᒥᐦᒋᐦᐋᐚᐘᐠ ᑭᑖᓂᐢᑭ ᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓇᐠ
You are all making your ancestors proud. 

(Gidaanikoobijiganiwaag, gaye!)
(Ojibwe ancestors, too!)

It was an honour to join this group of committed language warriors last week at Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre as they explored the tools and the benefits of transcription in:

  • supporting language learning,
  • sharing cultural knowledge from existing audio and video recordings,
  • helping to preserve language and stories from contemporary fluent speakers.

More than once, elders entered the centre, and expressed their pleasure to see so many committed learners working together. I hope this is another Winnipeg initiative that will work its way west.

The workshop was also a lot of fun, with organizers taking advantage of the natural rivalry between Ojibwe speakers, learners and transcribers and Crees. (I hate to say it, but those Ojibwe aunties may have actually have dominated the room in laughter!)

The workshop was facilitated by Aandeg Muldrew, currently teaching Anishinaabemowin at the University of Winnipeg after graduating with an MA from University of  Minnesota. Inspiration and significant organizational support came from Dawnis Kennedy, Sharissa Neault, Dené Sinclair and all of their MICEC colleagues. The photo is my own, taken from the library/balcony where I snuck up to attempt a tiny kohkom nap!

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