Native As A Second Language

This program will enable students to experience the unique respect for life that permeates to languages and culture. The Ojibwe Language is an Algonquian language spoken throughout the Great lakes. Anishnaabe (Ojibwe, Ojibwa, or Anishnaabe) people are located throughout the various regions across Ontario. There are many dialects and subdialects in the Anishnaabe Language. The students in this program will be introduced to the Anishnaabe Language and Culture of the Nbisiing Anishnaabek (Nipissing First Nation).

We are proud to offer the Native as a Second Language program in our Board at Our Lady of Sorrows School, St. Alexander and Mother St. Bride Elementary School and St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Secondary School. The Native Language program is guided by the Ministry of Ontario Curriculum guidelines. Primary (K–3) students will experience a minimum of 20 minutes of instruction and Junior and intermediate students will receive a minimum of 40 minutes of instruction per day. Students receive a grade which is reported on the Ontario Provincial Report Card.

The program is designed to provide a dynamic and challenging curriculum with the following goals for our students:

  • Develop a general understanding of the nature and function of the Ojibwe language

  • Develop a foundation of language knowledge and skills

  • Develop an understanding of the Native language as an expression of a distinct culture

  • Appreciation of Native cultures and teaching including ceremonies, drumming and smudging

Our Partners



Union of Ontario Indians

North Bay Indian Friendship Centre

North Bay Indian Friendship Centre