Ojibwa, Western

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Ojibway, Ojibwe, Plains Ojibway, Saulteaux
Population

10,000 (2002 W. Poser). 2001 census lists all Ojibwa varieties together as 30,500 population. Ethnic population: 60,000 (1997 SIL).

Location

West from Lake Winnipeg into Saskatchewan with groups as far west as British Colombia.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

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. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script, no longer in use.