Memashkawigaabaw (Jason Jones) is Ojibwe from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation, he belongs to the Bizhiw (lynx) clan. He has been teaching himself Ojibwe since the age of 19. Jason, along with his Grandma Nancy, has helped translate numerous books for David Bouchard and Mike Parkhill sayitfirst.ca. Jason has been teaching Ojibwe for Rainy River District School Board since 2005 in his role as Elementary Ojibwe Teacher and later as Ojibwe Language Curriculum Coordinator. Jason has taken on another role with Taking It Global as a School Lead for Fort Frances High School, in which he’s helped create the “Our First Family” along with Jennifer Corriero and Nyle Johnston. Jason leads a non Alcohol lifestyle, along with Drug and Smoke free. Being respectful of those Spirit Keepers is a Teaching that he still carries that was passed down to him from his Grandmas. Nowadays you can find Jason running Ojibwe Language Tables in Communities while still teaching for RRDSB and working for Takingitglobal.org. In November 2018, at INDspire, Jason was awarded "Role Model of the Year".
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