Jul 07, 2022
In June, National Indigenous History Month, OPL presented readers with unlimited digital access, all monthlong, to Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, musician and scholar Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. OPL got in touch with Anita Tenasco, a trusted education advisor and consultant to OPL from the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation, who shared her thoughts as she read Noopiming:
Noopiming grabs our full attention! How refreshing it is to read a book that offers so many teachings and blank space! Within Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, the Anishinabemowin language is given its elevated place. There is room to breathe, think and reflect as each page connects us with one of seven characters in a tale of resistance.
This book proves that pages do not have to be overflowing with English words and that powerful messages can be shared with a limited number of words. Noopiming valorizes the Anishinabe language. For this - I am grateful.
As a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, as an Anishinabe Algonquin ikwe (woman), as the daughter of a Residential School Survivor and an Indian Day School Survivor, as a mother and a kokomis (grandmother) - I feel that it is long overdue that nonindigenous people read the language of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and other First Nations, Metis and Inuit languages. I call upon nonindigenous readers to read Noopiming and to commit to making reconciliation and healing come alive.
One step at a time, one story at a time, one teaching at a time - we can build relationships that are filled with respect, compassion and joy. We are all connected.
Indigenous History month is now over but First Nations, Metis and Inuit voices must be heard all year long every year.
Mino Nibin (Happy Summer)!
- Anita Tenasco, Director of Education
Kitigan Zibi Education Sector
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg