Waabishki OgitchidaKwenz Anang nidishinikaas. Mooz nindodem. As is our custom, I begin with an introduction in Anishinabeemowin (Ojibwe language) of my spirit name and clan. I am from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Anishinaabemowin is our original way of speaking which allows us to process and express our thoughts. It is our way of communicating with Creation, with Spirit, and with one another. My dad, Delaney, survivor of the Spanish Indian Residential School, spoke Anishinaabemowin fluently, and taught me words until he passed to the spirit world when I was nine years old. I loved hearing him talk to my grandma in our language.
Melanie and her late father, Delaney Goodchild.