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Ojibwe (alternatively spelled Ojibwa or Ojibway) is an Indigenous language spoken in the southern parts of Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada. There are also Ojibwe populations in the United States in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Ojibwe may also be referred to as Chippewa, although this name is mainly used within the United States. There are several different dialects of Ojibwe, and it is important to consider which dialect is needed when dealing with an English in to Ojibwe translation as not all dialects are mutually intelligible. Some dialects use the Latin alphabet, and others use syllabics, and some can use either.
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Also known as Saulteaux or Plains Ojibway, Western Ojibwe is spoken by the Saulteaux in Manitoba and Saskatchewan west of Lake Winnipeg.
Chippewa, also known as Southwestern Ojibwe, is spoken on the southern shores of Lake Superior and in the areas toward the south and west of Lake Superior in Michigan, Southern Ontario, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. There is a lot of variation in the language across regions so be sure to specify where your target audience will be when ordering your translation.
This dialect is spoken in Ontario and Manitoba, from northwest of Lake Nipigon, north of Lake of the Woods, south of the Berens River up to the Manitoba border. It is also known as Northern Ojibwe.
More commonly know as Oji-cree, it is nonetheless still an Ojibwe dialect rather than a separate language. Oji-cree is also called Severn Ojibwe and Northern Ojibwe. It is spoken by northern communities in Ontario and at Island Lake, Manitoba.
The Ottawa or Odawa dialect is spoken by the Ottawa people in Southern Ontario and northern Michigan. It is one of the Ojibwe dialects that has undergone the most linguistic change, but still considered an Ojibwe language.
Eastern Ojibwe is the dialect most commonly associated with the blanket term Ojibwe. It is spoken north of Lake Ontario and east of Georgian Bay in Ontario, including Rama and Curve Lake.
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Summary of Qualifications for wintranslation's Ojibwe Translators
- Over 20 years of experience developing and teaching the Ojibwe language in numerous schools and universities
- Involved with the development of ciriculum designed to pass on knowledge of the Ojibwe language and culture
- Frequently speaks at conferences, workshops and professional development training courses in both Canada and the United States
- Over 20 years of experience as a translator for English to Ojibwe languages
- Earned a degree in Native Studies from Trent University
- Published author of several journals, books and papers
An award-winning translation service provider based in North America, wintranslation has a fifteen year track record in managing complex multimedia and large-scale projects on time and on budget. Our company specializes in the translation of Canada’s Indigenous languages including Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, Malecite and Ojibwe. Please see our languages page for a full list of languages.