On December 7, 2010, the Fond du Lac RBC passed a resolution making Ojibwe the official language of the Fond du Lac Reservation. Since then, in the formative years of program operation, with input from the Language Advisory Committee, steady support from Division Director Jeff Savage, and program administration by Ozhaawashkogiizhigookwe Janis Fairbanks, Anishinaabemowin Coordinator for the past three years, since January 2015, the program has enjoyed steady growth. We have hosted a number of major events, formed language tables at all three community centers. We have a growing list of language table teachers and subs to ensure that language tables will continue to meet as scheduled. As a resource for curriculum development, we have gathered a considerable level of language resources for the FDL Language Resource Library; more will be added each year. Three staff positions have been added, and if growth continues at the current pace, more staff support will be needed very soon.

Two recent major grants from Minnesota Indian Association Council through the Legacy Amendment Fund for the Revitalization of Dakota and Ojibwe Languages has allowed 1) production of 11 culturally-based immersion language videos, and 2) enough funding to expand the Kiwenz Ojibwe Language Camp scheduled for June 13 – 17, 2018, which is the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Kiwenz Language Camp.

It is now time to look ahead and plan the next three years for language program activities. You can be a part of that strategic planning, zeroing in on the best of the best activities in the next three years.

Looking back: The first year of operations was guided by the Language Program Three-Year Strategic Plan introduced by the Anishinaabemowin Coordinator in January 2015. At the end of the first year, the program hosted a November 7, 2015 planning retreat. In January, 2016, a strategic planning review session, specific to the FDL Ojibwe Language Program, along with a review of the November 7, 2015 goals and activities report was held.

Looking forward: This year, we will host a full two-day strategic planning session on December 2 & 3, 2017, to create a three-year strategic plan specifically for the Fond du Lac Language Program. The two-day session will be facilitated by professional strategic planner, Dr. Edward Y. Minnema, and held at the Cloquet Community Center, 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720. Hours of planning are 9:30 – 5:00 p.m. each day, with breakfast and lunch catered in. Please RSVP your attendance to or call 218-878-7351 to leave a message.

Bring your ideas on what you want to see happen in the next three years in the FDL language program!

We are moving forward with the process of developing a community-wide, culturally-based Ojibwe Language Program for the Fond du Lac Reservation. As always, we encourage and welcome your input as we move forward honoring Ojibwe as the official language on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Ojibwe Speakers Availability Information Form

Artist Application Form

(Right click the links above and choose Save target as... or Save link as... to save the pdf to your computer, then fill out the form and you can save it filled out, then email it to the address on the form.)

Language Advisory Committee

Language Advisory Board Application



Dawn LaPrairie
Ojibwe teacher—FDL Ojibwe School

Vice Chair

Marcus Ammesmaki
Ojibwe teacher—FDL Ojibwe School


Wayne Dupuis
Environmental Program Manager


Ralph C. Fairbanks
Elder Ojibwe Language Speaker




Jacob "Sonny" Greensky
Ojibwe language instructor OJS (retired)
Elder Advisor

Address any comments, suggestions or questions to:

Janis A. Fairbanks., Ph.D.
Anishinaabemowin Coordinator
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