35 min.

We make mistakes. Accidents happen. And, sometimes these accidents have tragic results. In “Boonenndizwin”, Barbara Nolan gives us a compassionate glimpse into the heart of a loving brother who has made one such tragic mistake. How do we face our family after our error has caused them such suffering? How do we return to our community after our actions have resulted in profound loss for the ones we love? And, perhaps most importantly, as the brother in this video wonders, how do we forgive ourself?

By Barbara Nolan

Barbara Nolan is a first-speaker of Nishnaabemwin who has spent several decades working with a variety of organizations to revitalize the Nishnaabe language. Most recently, her dream of passing her language on has come true: Barbara has successfully passed her language on to John Paul Montano. This website,, is one part of their continuing efforts to help other Nishnaabe people acquire the language.