Omàmiwininìmowin Algonquin Language

Barry Sarazin teaches language to preschoolers. One teaching
method is through drumming and singing.

Our language is a strong part of our culture and beliefs. It transmits knowledge from our past and gives us pride and awareness of who we are as Algonquins. We are in the process of revitalizing our language and we are doing this by the following efforts:

Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin is a not-for-profit organization established by Council of the Algonquin of Pikwakanagan to meet the cultural needs of the community. It operates as The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre and its mission is to revitalize, reintegrate, enhance and protect the cultural traditions, customs, practices, heritage, language and arts of the Algonquin Nation. Our primary focus and objective is the revival of the Algonquin language. During the winter months, we offer language classes to community members of Pikwàkanagàn, and to anyone willing to learn.

Miigwechwewin Kichi-mìgwech Gzheminido mìnwà nogoding
Gì wàmdamàng Kìzhap Kìzis gì binàbid.
Kichi-mìgwech gì mìzhyàng iw sa Bimàdziwin.
Kichi-mìgwech gì mìzhyàng Nigigòg
Wìdòkwishnàng dji namàyàng gwayak Jibmoseyàng.
Kichi-Mìgwech Gzheminido kinagego.

Thank You Prayer
Thank you Creator for today
Thank you for a new day.
Thank you for giving everyone life.
Thank you for giving us our parents.
Guide us on how to walk a good path.
Thank you Creator for everything.

Useful Phrases

Mino Kigijebawan

Good morning

Anin eji-pimadizin?   

How are you?

Ni Mino bimadiz      

I am fine

Kin tash anin ejipimadizin?   

How about you?

Andi wendjiba?

Where do you come from?

Pikwàkanagàn nindondjiba

I come from Pikwàkanagàn


See you later



Anin ejinikazoyan?

What is your name?

Andi ejayan?

Where are you going?

Mino kijigad 

It is a nice day

Mino ishkwa nawakwe  

Good afternoon


I love you





Anin tash epideg?  

How is it going?


It is going well






Thank you

Ka'n nigodizinon

You're welcome