Native Languages

The Ojibwa Native Language program has been designed to provide students with:

  • a general understanding of the nature and function of the Ojibwa language
  • a foundation of language knowledge and skills that will enable students to communicate in the Ojibwa language
  • an understanding and appreciation of Ojibwa as an expression of a distinctive culture

The ultimate goal of the program is to inspire students with pride in the Ojibwa language, motivate them to use the language to communicate in their daily lives, and use the language as part of a living culture.

The Ojibwa Native Language program is open to both Native and non-Native elementary students enrolled at Ridpath Junior Public School in Lakefield, Lakefield Intermediate School, North Shore Public School in Keene, and Roseneath Public School, who want to learn Ojibwa and develop a better understanding of the culture. Secondary school programs are also offered at Lakefield District Secondary School, Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School and Cobourg Collegiate Institute. In addition, the board generally offers an evening course for elementary students in Peterborough, running from Mid-October to Mid-June.