Aaniin, Salut, Welcome to CanuckYuk.ca



Daga, biindigen! Namadabin!

Ojibwemodaa! Wemitigoozhimodaa! Zhaaganaashimodaa!



S’il vous plaît entrer, vous asseoir.

Laissez-nous jouer en ojibwé, en français et en anglais.



Please, come in, sit down.

Let’s play in Anishnaabemowin, Français and English


CanuckYuk.ca is currently a small site dedicated to supporting contexts of immersion in Canada’s founding languages. Local traditional native languages, along with French and English, will be our priorities. We are focusing on the traditional native language here in the land of the Sleeping Giant, the land of Nanabozho: Anishnaabemowin. Also referred to as Ojibwe.

You are going to read expressions like “seems to be” or “appears to be”. This happy site is created by Anishnaabe wannabeez : ) not by fluent speakers, as such, materials are being gathered for other learners who might find this site a useful stepping stone at an early stage of their learning experience. We will try to reference our sources, but sometimes speculative observations will be made. Nevertheless, please be aware, confirmation by more informed speakers is always advised. Miigwetch! Merci! Thank you!

To begin we are going to make extensive use of Darren Corbiere’s videos posted on Youtube which we have edited, hopefully helpfully. Here is an example:

Here is a CanuckYuk-edited sampler:

Here is a link to the full playlist from Sault College as of fall, 2015. The lessons appear to have all been posted in the first half of 2013:

Sault College Ojibwe Playlist on Youtube

Some Sources

For now we are intending to work extensively with a number of sources:

Our Objective

Our objective is to utilize such sources with the idea of re-assembling their resources so as to facilitate the step-be-step progress of new learners. The emphasis will be on the following:

  • words and phrases which are used repetitively in normal usage
  • breaking down the grammatical patterns of such usage to facilitate improvisation

Repetition is an important factor for new learners. Seldom do we learn something by hearing or seeing it once. Understanding grammatical patterns should enable new learners to improvise more quickly than simply memorizing full phrases. Although improvisation will likely involve errors for new learners, nevertheless, recognizing correct and incorrect patterns seems like a more efficient route to fluency than simple memorization.