Anishinaabe Summer Language Immersion

Monday, July 22 - Friday, August 2, 2019


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"Miziwekamig manidoog ogii-an'oonaawaan bemaadizinijin bebakaan inwewinan. Mii onow gaaizhi-miinigoziyang wenji-apiitendamang apane."
"Across the globe, the spirits gave different people different ways of speaking. And these are the ones we were given, why we always hold them in such high regard."
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Strategic Plan for Dakota and Ojibwe Language Revitalization in Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Morris Anishinaabe Language Immersion Camp offers an exploration of language learning opportunities for students to enhance their language skills and further their knowledge of Anishinaabemowin. The course offers exposure to effective immersion settings that support language speakers and creates pathways to becoming fluent speakers.


University of Minnesota students only: Please also register for NAIS 3220, 2 credits, Summer Session through your MyU portal Academics tab. Contact Gabe Desrosiers for instructor approval and the course permission number.  Students must be available for all class sessions. Students will earn 2 credits for successful completion of course requirements. Readings and some coursework will occur outside of class time.

Meet the Program Faculty

Gabriel Desrosiers

An Anishinaabemowin first speaker, Gabe teaches Anishinaabe language and American Indian culture at Morris. A UMN Morris graduate, he holds a M.Ed. with an Indigenous Language Revitalization emphasis and is pursuing his Ed.D. at UMN Duluth. Gabe is the Northern Wind Singers lead singer, composer, and keeper of the drum. He is providing language consultation, translation, and voiceover for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Future History documentary series celebrating Indigenous knowledge reclamation.

Jordyn Flaada

Jordyn has tutored Ojibwe language at Bemidji State University and facilitated adult, family, and preschool language immersion camps throughout Minnesota over many years. Jordyn serves as a consultant regarding Anishinaabemowin to Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia.

Doreen Atatise

Doreen is a highly regarded Anishinaabemowin teacher at the Anishinaabe-immersion preschool, Waasabiik Ojibwemonotaadiwin in the Red Lake school district. Doreen and her colleagues use the language to teach about Ojibwe culture and build Ojibwe identity. 

Marcus Ammesmaki

Marcus Ammesmaki is an experienced teacher of Anishinaabemowin at a variety of levels, Marcus has been heavily involved with Ojibwemotaadidaa and Grassroots Indigenous Media immersion camps. Marcus served as Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College interim language instructor and Misaabekong K-3 Immersion School aid. He is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Language Advisory Committee.