When she moved to Toronto in 1994, her determination to learn Ojibwe led her to Alex Jacobs, an elder at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
Based on the card game Magic: The Gathering, Biskaabiiyaang tells a story set on Turtle Island (what Indigenous people call North America) about a beautiful world bound together by the Anishinaabemowin language.
The seven beings that protect the world disappear when it is invaded by vicious “linguicidals,” and students must collect pieces of the broken language to ensure the seven beings return.
But her main method of teaching revolves around a card-based adventure game she invented called Biskaabiiyaang, which means resurgence, a direct reference to her mission to recover her language and her culture.
Every student receives a passport, in which they can record the levels of language proficiency they acquire on each quest.