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Preserving a Powerful Language:
Native Studies Professor Shirley Williams and her Dedication to the Ojibway Language

Shirley I. Williams, professor of Native studies at Trent University, will launch her recent publication, Gdi-nweninaa, Our Sound, Our Voice, at the Native Studies Lounge, Otonabee College, on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

Comprising one of the first volumes of Nishnaabem'win language, the work is the result of more than 10 years of research conducted by Professor Williams. The research was funded by the Ministry of Education, Literacy branch, the Department of Indian and Northern Development and the Department of Native Studies, Aboriginal Education Council.

Considered one of the foremost experts on Nishnaabem'win language, Shirley Williams's work has been highly praised by academics, teachers and students of the language and culture. She has been recently installed by the Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, and by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation of Canada as a role model for survivors of residential schools. Her photograph, along with the other role models installed at the ceremony, is currently on exhibit at various museums and galleries throughout Canada. The permanent installation is at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.

The evening will be hosted by Louise Toulouse Garrow, past academic program coordinator of the Department of Native Studies. All are welcome.

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