7,100 in Canada (1996 First Nations Language of Origin Map). Nishnaabemwin is an emergent language, fusion of Ottawa and Eastern Ojibwa [ojg], having a couple thousand speakers (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 60,000.
Islands, areas surrounding Lake Huron, from Manitoulin Island to southern Ontario north of Lake Erie. Walople Island Reserve. West of a north south line through base of Bruce Peninsula (Rhodes 1976). Also in United States.
Dying out in many areas. Still vigorous on Manitoulin Island. Mainly adults. All also use English [eng], some use other Ojibwa varieties.
Called Eastern Ojibwa in Bloomfield’s (1957) grammar. In southern Ontario also called Chippewa.