Professor Shirley Williams to Launch Ojibway Language Learning Game at Trent University
At a special gathering on Friday, March 21, 2003, Trent Native Studies Professor Shirley Williams will launch her new Ojibway language learning game, a CD rom called Zhooshkwaadedamogad Rip Roaring Hockey.
In September of 1998, a group of Ojibway language scholars and computing specialists were invited to attend a brainstorming meeting held by Shirley Williams at the Department of Native Studies at Trent University. It was decided that a CD rom would be a good medium to deliver the language materials while at the same time providing intergenerational fun and entertainment to elders and youth.
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"The Little NHL Hockey Tournament has existed as far back as I can remember," says Professor Williams. "It has brought families from all over during the March break. In Wikwemikong, the tradition goes that the only people left in the community are those in the Wikwemikong Nursing Home for that week, so they are left behind to mind the community while everyone else is cheering on their nephews, nieces, sons and cousins at the tournament!"
It is this unity of spirit and community which has inspired the creation of the Zhooshkwaadedamogad, Rip Roaring Hockey CD and book. "It is the spirit of competition which hockey promotes," adds Prof. Williams. "This CD will help in competing to hold our language against the odds, but, like playing a game of hockey, we go into it without a trace of worry, just confidence and ability."
The launch is free and open to the public, however the Native Studies Department asks that you RSVP if you wish to attend by calling Barb Rivett at (705) 748-1011 ext. 1466 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted March 18, 2003