The Ojibwe Language Project

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The Ojibwe Language Project aims to reaffirm Bemidji as within the homelands of the Ojibwe Nation and recognize Ojibwe people as an integral part of the Bemidji community and an integral part of Harmony Co-op. This is being done by bringing Ojibwe language into the store to assist and promote efforts of language revitalization in Bemidji. 

As a locally owned cooperative we celebrate the cultures that shape who we are as a community, particularly local food systems, ways of sustainable living, and respect for the land & water. Harmony would like to thank staff member Naagaanwewidang for his efforts in starting and contributing to the Ojibwe Language Project, as well as Simone Senogles for donating her artwork for display.  

We originally began providing Ojibwe language signage across the store labeling indigenous foods. These indigenous foods have historically been important staples of indigenous nations and continue to be important staples of not only native communities, but settler communities as well. In addition to the labeling of native foods, plans are under way to expand the inclusion of Ojibwe language in other aspects of the workings of Harmony Co-op including store signage, community and staff education, and possible future activities this project may bring on. Be on the lookout for Ojibwe language around the store and let us know what you think. Miigwech agindaasoyeg. Thanks for reading. 

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The Ojibwe Language Project was featured on the National Cooperative Grocers’ website as an example of community-building and cultural integration! Check it out here!

We honor indigenous foods. Look for these signs in the store.

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3 cups

miinan

(blueberries)

2 tsp.

meskwanagekozid

(cinnamon)

1 cup

ziinzibaakwad(sugar)

2 tsp.

bimide(oil)

2 tbsp.

zhiiwitaagan(salt)

1½ cups

Doodooshaaboo-bimide(butter)