Ojibwa, Western

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Ojibway, Ojibwe, Plains Ojibway, Saulteaux
Population

10,000 (2002 W. Poser). Ethnic population: 60,000 (1997 SIL).

Location

West from Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba; into Saskatchewan and Alberta; groups as far west as British Columbia.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Ojibwa [oji].

Language Use

Vigorous in most areas. In some areas young people and children prefer English. All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%.
Writing

Latin script [Latn]. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script [Cans], no longer in use.