The following pages will link you with relevant information regarding the Ojibwe Culture within the Central Ontario Region. Due to the diverse population of Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario and the diverse cultures of staff and students using this website we honour all other surrounding cultures such as, but not limited to, the Anishnaabe, Cree, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Metis.
Anishnaabewin - Everything Ojibwe:
According to http://www.collinsdictionary.com/, culture is defined as a structural way of thinking, behaving and working within a particular society's own beliefs, customs and ways of living. Culture for the Ojibwe can be defined in the same way; however there is one key element that is missing in this definition: the language. For the Ojibwe People, the culture and the language go hand in hand. It is extremely difficult to have one without the other. Why? To be completely honest, the Ojibwe language is an ancient language. Like other ancient languages it holds a romantic value to its use with the etymology of each word being used. What does that mean? The origin of each word has a historical development within its meaning. For the Ojibwe language, certain sounds hold certain values and one word spoken in Ojibwe can mean several different things. These things are not limited to location, pluralization, time, etc. but also include the essence of what is being said. So what does this have to do with maintaining the Ojibwe culture? It is actually quite simple, the essence of each Ojibwe word reminds those that speak the language to be kind and to always walk in a good way. This is why the language is the heart and key to fully emerging into the Ojibwe culture. In order to fully immerse and participate within the Ojibwe culture, we need to appreciate the structure, meaning and essence of life that the language has to offer. Without the language we can not fully comprehend the value and structure of the culture. So in other words, we cannot truly have one without the other.
Respected Elder John Rice speaks of the importance of duality within the Ojibwe Teachings
Respect in All Things
Why do Ojibwe people point with their lips?
From town to town, country to country, nation to nation, all people share similarities and all have their own differences. Often Anishnaabeg People are asked why they do things in a certain manner. Please view the short video in helping to understand one of the Ojibwe cultural nuances.