Ojibwe immersion camp reconnects students to their language

A group of Ojibwe speakers are getting ready to go to camp later this week to improve their Indigenous language skills.
Learning a new language can be challenging, but attending an immersion camp can be helpful. An Ojibwe immersion camp is taking place near Espanola. Mskwaankwad Rice is one of the people to help run it. (CBC)

Forget Rosetta Stone: an Ojibwe immersion camp happening near Espanola, Ont., this week aims to provide time and space to gain confidence in speaking a language that many Ojibwe people do not speak themselves — and perhaps, to tap into culture and tradition. 

Mskwaankwad Rice, who is helping to run the camp, said it will provide Anishinaabemowin immersion and grammar instruction for adult learners to preserve their language now — and for future generations of Anishinaabeg.

"We're at the point where we need to do this for the language to survive ... for us to maintain that sense of identity," he said.

The camp will take place at the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre at Anderson Lake.

Listen to the complete interview with Mskwaankwad Rice on CBC Sudbury's Up North radio show.

Later this week, an Ojibwe language immersion camp will take place at the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre at Anderson Lake, just outside of Espanola. Mskwaankwad Rice, one of the people helping to run the camp, shared more details. 5:28