Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School

Grantee Year: 
2016
City: 
Hayward
State: 
Minnesota

Waadookodaading, The Place Where We Help Each Other, is a part of a worldwide movement of indigenous communities whose shared experience includes the loss of traditional homelands, degradation of tribal systems of governance and social organization, as well as displacement of cohesive family-centered communities. For these communities, the rebuilding process begins with the children and the understanding that tribal language fluency will contribute to their development as strong and productive adults. Waadookodaading utilizes the gift of the Ojibwe language as a means through which students and the community can achieve the ultimate goal of national survival through realization of personal, family, educational and tribal sovereignty. The purpose of the Waadookodaading is to create proficient speakers of the Ojibwe language who are able to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. It also serves as a community center for language revitalization while promoting intergenerational relationships.