This residential school survivor is teaching a new generation to speak Ojibwe

“Wow — after getting beaten speaking my language, 65 years later, I get to teach it,” says Dorothy Eastman.

Sixty-five years ago, Dorothy Eastman was beaten in residential school for speaking her language. Now she’s teaching a new generation to speak Ojibwe.

“I want to be a part of preserving this language,” says Eastman, who teaches in weekly language classes organized by the Pacific Association of First Nations Women, given at the Native Education College in Vancouver.

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Editor’s note, Jan. 18, 2019: This story was updated to include information on where Dorothy Eastman teaches and who organizes the classes. 


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