Ojibwe Language Program
The Ojibwe language is one of the indigenous languages of Minnesota and belongs to the Algonquian family of languages. Sister dialects of Ojibwe are also spoken in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Canada. Because of its endangered status today, there is a movement to preserve, document, and revitalize this beautiful language. It is the mission of the Ojibwe Langauge Program at the University of Minnesota to help in this important endeavor. Learn more about our efforts toward this goal on our Research and Collaborations page.
Scholarships and Outreach
The Ojibwe Language Program offers a financial aid program for University of Minnesota degree-seeking undergraduates and non-degree seeking Continuing Education students, who demonstrate strong dedication to learning to speak and teach the Ojibwe language. Preference is given if you are of Ojibwe heritage, if you demonstrate financial need, or if you are a parent with children in an Ojibwe language immersion program.
Language Practicum students earn college credits and a small stipend to assist a full-time Ojibwe language instructor within a Minneapolis Public School language classroom. The practicum provides you with teaching experience as well as the opportunity to improve your language skills.
Practicum also benefits community programs with much-needed classroom assistance and preparation for prospective employees. In recent years, students have served their practicum at Wicoie Nandagikendan Dakota and Ojibwe Immersion Program sites (Anishinabe Academy and Four Directions Family Center), as well as Bdote Learning Center, a K-3 Dakota and Ojibwe Immersion Program.
Ojibwe Teaching Certificate Program
We offer a language certificate program for Ojibwe language instruction to help meet our community's need for native-language speakers:
In this program, you can develop a level of fluency in the language that prepares you to conduct your own immersion classroom (taught entirely in the language). We connect our language program to state teaching licensure programs and other institutions that need certified language teachers. Our close ties help provide our graduates with careers, and attract prospective indigenous language speakers and teachers to our communities.