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Research Guides

Indigenous Languages

Aanii Booshoo Waaciye Tansi Shé:kon


Kitipentamowinaanan ekwa kimoocikewinaanan Anishinaabewiyak ci kanohkeyak aanti e onciyak ekwa miina ci aapacitoyak kikikinoohamaatowinaanan tahso kiishik.

It is our inheritance and responsibility as Anishinaabe people to remember where we come from and to use our teachings everyday.

Alex McKay 

Our goal is to promote the use of Indigenous language resources in the Toronto area and make them easier to find. This guide is gradually being developed over time. It begins with languages that are taught at the University of Toronto, and those traditionally spoken by First Nations with traditional territories falling within the boundaries of Ontario.


I would like to acknowledge this sacred land on which the University of Toronto operates. It has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.
Revised by the Elders Circle (Council of Aboriginal Initiatives) on November 6, 2014.