Reimagining the Role of ‘Mental Health Counselling Room’


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

  • Gaa-nnaandwigiigdonaanwang Bkesaagan


Gaa-nnaandwigiigdonaanwang Bkesaagan ~ Counselling Room


Morphemes (building blocks of each word):

  • Gaa-nnaandwigiigdonaanwang ~ “counselling”
    • Gaa-…naanwang ~ “that which (abstract-)they…”, “that which ‘ones’…”
    • nnaandwi ~ reduplicated “seeking”, “seeking-seeking”
    • giigdo ~ “someone speaks”
  • Bkesaagan ~ “room”
    • Bke ~ “off to the side, diverge”
    • saa ~ “structure unit”
    • gan ~ “instrument, made thing”


A translation of the morphemes:

  • a-state-of-seeking-seeking-speaking room


A plainer, more free-form English translation:

  • counselling room


A formal-English translation:

  • Counselling Room



How to cite this publication:

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