Imaa Baawitigong, new Ojibwe children’s book, supports Language Revitalization and Land Acknowledgement Teachings
Official publication of a bilingual book translated by Jason Jones from Treaty 3 Elder Teachings
TREATY 3 TERRITORY (FORT FRANCES, ON) — TakingITGlobal is delighted to support Imaa Baawitigong: Under The Bridge. This bilingual Ojibwe — English children’s book is based on a story captured and translated by Jason Jones based on teachings from Elders in the Rainy Lake Area.
Written as a language resource, Imaa Baawitigong: Under the Bridge invites readers to reflect on the importance of offering respectful land acknowledgements and our connection behind their significance. Filled with original artwork by renowned Ojibwe artist Joshua Pawis-Steckley, readers are invited to remain mindful of and aware of how we interact with the land and our ancestors.
“This book is for anyone wanting to learn a language. Anybody can learn Ojibwe and learn how to be respectful. This was also the purpose of this book: that it was done in the most humble and respectful way possible. I hope that future people can pick up some of this knowledge and be aware of the spirits that live nearby and that the knowledge can be retained for generations to come ” — Jason Jones, Ojibwe Translator, Treaty 3 Territory
“When I met with Jason, he told me stories about the spirits that live there and shared some photos of the area. From there, inspiration came and translated the story into the Woodland art style. It’s a great book that teaches us the importance of respecting our spirits. It will be a wonderful resource to teach second-language learners.” — Joshua Pawis-Steckley, Illustrator, Wasauksing First Nation
“In supporting the development of learning opportunities for students in Treaty 3 Territory and other Connected North partner communities, TakingITGlobal is honoured to be a part of this children’s book project. Imaa Baawitigong reminds us all of the importance of showing respect to places of historic and community significance. This collaboration also enhances Ojibwe language revitalization efforts and offers an additional resource for students and families.” — Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director, TakingITGlobal
Special thanks and recognition to all of those involved in the project: Nancy Jones and Rose Marie Allen. Special Honorable mention for the Elders who continue to offer their teachings to all of us in wondrous ways.
Along with the publication of this book, there was an online launch event on December 8th that included opening remarks from community Elders, a read aloud, and author Q&A.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.ca: http://www.tigurl.org/bridgebook
Educator Engagement & School Support Coordinator, TakingITGlobal
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