Feb 12, 2019
James Vukelich and Roy Tom are using social media to connect with learners
More and more people are turning to social media to learn their Indigenous languages, and two Ojibway speakers are using different techniques to connect with language learners across the country on Facebook.
Every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. CT, James Vukelich turns his phone’s camera toward himself, and hits “go live” on Facebook. He starts off with a traditional Ojibway language — or Anishinaabemowin — greeting and delivers the “word of the day,” connecting with and teaching the language to his online friends.
“For me, putting stuff on social media is a way to get language materials to [people] for free that they can use at a touch of their fingertips,” said Vukelich.
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