About Barbara Nolan

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Barbara Nolan

Nesdotmookiid
(“Causer of Language Understanding”)


Barbara Nolan is grateful to have survived the attempts by Canada’s Indian residential schools system to take her Nishnaabe language from her. As a vibrant first-speaker of Nishnaabemwin, Barbara has spent several decades working with a variety of organizations to revitalize our language.

Her most recent ten years have been particularly exciting for her. Partnering with John Paul Montano as his mentor, one of her biggest dreams has come true: Barbara’s language has been successfully passed on to the next generation! She is so very thankful that John Paul is now a speaker of the Nishnaabe language.

Since her retirement as a counselor a decade ago, Barbara has remained actively involved in facilitating Native community gatherings aimed at implementing healing strategies to address the residual effects of residential school experiences.

Barbara particularly enjoys consulting with Native communities on the effective development of language nests, as well as training Nishnaabemwin speakers in methods of immersion instruction.

Barbara is a proud Nishnaabe-kwe, formerly from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, who now resides in Garden River First Nation.

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