Say It First

Indigenous Language Revitalization

A new language platform aims to create the next generation of Anishinaabemowin speakers across the Northwest.

Written by Eric Shih, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A new way of learning Anishinaabemowin is rolling out to schools across the Northwest.

The new web and app-based language learning platform was developed in partnership by the Seven Generations Education Institute, the Rainy River District School Board, and SayITFirst, a company which uses technology and community participation to facilitate Indigenous language learning in Canada.

The program is designed to engage students by giving them a foundation for Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwa language. It uses a campground setting where users complete activities and unlock achievements and tasks.

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The Elders Speak

Brent Tookenay-CEO of Seven Generations Educational Institute


“SayITFirst has been a real catalyst for Seven Generations Educational Institute and our partnership with the Rainy River District School Board.  It has allowed us to become a driving force in the revitalization of Native Languages.”