Reimagining the Role of ‘Health and Social Services Director’


Reimagined role-name in Biigtigong’s dialect of Nishnaabemwin:

  • Mno-yaawin Gaa-niigaan’ziikndang


Mno-yaawin Gaa-niigaan’ziikndang ~ Director of General Wellness


Morphemes (building blocks of each word):

  • Mno-yaawin ~ “general wellness”
    • Mno- ~ “good”
    • yaa ~ “someone is in a state or condition”
    • win ~ “-ness”
  • Gaa-niigaan’ziikndang ~ “someone who leads it”
    • Gaa-…ang ~ “someone who…”
    • niigaan ~ “ahead, leading, in front”
    • zi(i) ~ “someone is in a state or condition”
    • knd ~ “act on it”


A translation of the morphemes:

  • someone-who-leads (general-)wellness


A plainer, more free-form English translation:

  • someone who leads-up general wellness


A formal-English translation:

  • Director of General Wellness



How to cite this publication:

Montano, J. P., & Michano, A. R. “Reimagining Health Centre Roles in Biigtigong Nishnaabemwin” Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, 14 Jul 2017. Web.