Biigtigong Mno-zhi-yaawgamig / Biigtigong Health Centre
Reimagining Role-names in Biigtigong’s Dialect
In the Spring of 2017, Erica Perkins (Health and Social Services Director) approached John Paul Montano (Language and Mythology Consultant) about utilizing Biigtigong’s dialect of the Nishnaabe language to reimagine the Health Centre’s employee roles. This exciting initiative was successfully completed in July 2017.
Working directly with JoAnne Michano (Band Manager), Alvina Michano (Biigtigong Dialect Supervisor), and the insighful staff of the Biigtigong Mno-zhi-yaawgamig (Biigtigong Health Centre – consisting of the Health Department and the Social Services Department) – Alma Wells, Julie Michano, Tammi Shaw, Vivian Michano, Melodie Touchette, Shelly Michano, and Vanessa Nabigon – we were able to produce the following list of role-names in Biigtigong’s dialect. Each Nishnaabe-language role-name is accompanied by English-language translations of the various levels of inner-meaning contained in that role-name.
Biigtigong Health Centre Role-names
(5) Addiction Worker
(18) Band Representative
(24) Staff Room
(26) Exam Room 1
(27) Exam Room 2
(28) Waiting Room
(30) Sterilization Room