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First Nations Language & Culture

The goal of the First Nations Languages Program (FNLP) is to revitalize, preserve, and promote First Nations languages and cultures. As such, MFNERC employs facilitators in all of the First Nations languages spoken in Manitoba – Cree, Ojibway, Dakota, Dene and Oji-Cree. The FNLP language facilitators also work directly with schools and First Nations to assist in creating immersion opportunities. Towards this end, language and culture activities, such as First Nations youth language and culture camps, have been developed for school use, as well as other activities at the community level.

Watch and learn with cousin duo Morley and Darrell Moore as they share their experiences and expertise in gill net fishing.

Join local Knowledge Keepers from the community of Pine Creek in the harvesting of medicines such as wihkes, sweetgrass, sage, as well as balsam and poplar bark or “kidney medicine.” Stanford and his family carry a rich history and knowledge of over 40 plants and medicines. They share about the preliminary and preparatory stages, protocols associated with the medicines, the seasons, as well as the uses of the medicines in an extensive network of sharing and trading.

Indigenous Dwellings of Canada Colouring Book (PDF)

Get ready to have fun and learn at the same time! Explore the many different homes and cultures of Turtle Island’s nations, past and present, throughout Indigenous Dwellings of Canada. Each beautiful, black-line illustration includes carefully researched commentaries by Katherine and Leo Pettipas. Not only do they tell fun stories, but offer informative glimpses into Canadian history. This educational colouring book is full of images and tales that will delight students and artists of all ages. Illustrated by Don Monkman.

“Brain Tanning” overviews an event hosted in Peguis First Nation by Mike Sutherland. Mike hosted a cultural camp where participants had the opportunity to brain tan hides. They learned the steps needed to create leather from moose and deer hides with traditional tools and traditional practices. Other activities included in the video are the preparation of the wild game, canning meat, and smoking fish.

“The Land is our Classroom: Harvesting Moose with Kookum” explores land based knowledge by drawing from traditional Anishinaabe practices at a family level. Join Elder Gladys Mercredi, her brother Fred Nabess, and her son Randy Mercredi of Cormorant Manitoba during their 42nd annual moose hunt!

This Cree Language resource is created with a practice printing commands book.  It will help to build the Cree language easily through reading and writing in the language and most importantly the visual photos help build language more easy to memorize and comprehend.  It is written in 2nd person (if there is any ‘you’ or ‘yours’ then its second person).

common questions we ask one another in our daily conversations, such as “Are you done?” or “who are you with?,” etc.


Ininimowin (Cree)

During spring, we hunt geese, ducks, mallards that fly from the south. This PowerPoint presentation with audio, has a few words that relate to goose hunting. Also provided is a Cree Syllabics Chart with Standard Roman Orthography; along with a worksheet that students can work on.

This presentation consists of 9 ways to teach and learn the Cree language when you are commanding on the important ways to keep clean around the washroom.It has photos taken by Marsha Blacksmith. Each page comes with a picture and blank lines that any age group can read and write. It is written in 2nd person point of view which will help expand your Cree language speaking, communicating and comprehending skills. It comes with printable flashcards you and your family can hang up in your washroom or around the house to practice and memorize the commands.

Daily commands are important at home. Cree Language and Culture Facilitator, Charity Cooper articulates in Cree language and English of the basic commands that we all do within our homes; in our workplaces, as well as in our daily conversations. Charity strongly encourages you to listen carefully and reiterate the Roman Orthography word. This video also provides ideas for you to extend to your own community’s pronunciations. Images on PowerPoint from Google images.


Anishinaabemowin(Ojibwe)

A 5 step Powerpoint presentation on frying fish outdoors. It’s in the Ojibwe language with vocabulary and short phrases.

A PowerPoint presentation providing spring weather images and Ojibwe translations with audio, with the focus on, “What do you see in the spring?”

Dakota, Dene, Anisininemowin (Ojibwe-Cree)

Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy (PDF)

The MALS Annotated Bibliography provides a variety of teacher and student resources that language teachers can utilize for their language programs. This resource includes a listing of these resources in each of the First Nation languages and identifies where each one can be located. The website links are also included at the end of each section.

Lucy Antsanen, MFNERC First Nations Studies Facilitator, will go over Treaty Terms in Dene through a series of PowerPoint presentations. There are three parts to the Treaty terms. The presentations feature two dialects; the first one will be Lac Brochet dialect and the second one is Sayisi Dene dialect. Lucy will be saying the word in Dene. The Dene spelling will also be provided, as well, the English word. These presentations are geared to Middle Years students, as well as parents who want to teach their children these new words. Maci-chōk!

Today’s topic is on a sample greeting. In the Dene teachings, edlanet’e is always the first word we hear when we greet someone. In a formal greeting, we would shake hands.

For this presentation, Agnes Carlson will briefly say a greeting and to share with you, where I am from and who my parents are, and my grandparents, from my father’s side of the family.

Grade levels are for Grades 3 to high school. Students will listen and practice saying an introductory greeting at home and at school. If they need help, they can work with their parents and their grandparents. Masį.


Nursery & Kindergarten

Here are some fun free learning activities for Nursery and Kindergarten aged children that you can use at home. 

Preschool Developmental Checklist Guide (PDF)

This developmental checklist gives a view of the child as a whole. It can be used by both caregivers and teachers to get a glimpse of where the child is developmentally.

Not Just Cute Website

This blog focusses on whole child development and play based learning.

A guide for families at home, information on play, adult-led learning, routines and screen time.

Resource for parents and caregivers to engage children in skill development activities while spending time at home.

A resource with ideas for sensory play activities you can do at home with ingredients you may already have.

A resource with information on fine motor development and ideas on how you can help children play and practice fine motor skills with items you have at home.


General Links For Home Learning

The collection of resources on this site can support your child’s well-being and learning growth, and encourage meaningful family-centred learning. New early childhood, Kindergarten to Grade 12, and adult learning supports will be added and updated regularly.

Mehrit Centre – Shanker Self-Reg (Website)

From Dr. Stuart Shanker: “TMC is laying the foundation for a paradigm revolution built around the science of self-regulation. Every aspect of how we look at children will be transformed, as we shift from trying to manage or suppress, to understanding and ameliorating their problems in behavior, mood and thinking. We envisage a future in which every sector that engages with children and youth, and their families, are joined together in this way of thinking.” *MFNSS generated resource.

What You Need to Know – Early Years (PDF)

This link will take you to an article by Dr. Stuart Shanker titled Self-Regulation: The Early Years. *MFNSS generated resource.

What You Need to Know – Parents (PDF)

This link will direct you to a resource by Dr. Stuart Shanker titled Self-Regulation: A Parent’s Guide. *MFNSS generated resource.

What You Need to Know – Trauma (PDF)

This link will take you to an article by Dr. Stuart Shanker titled Self-Regulation: The Impact of Trauma. *MFNSS generated resource.

Expanding Our Understanding of the Meaning of Safe (PDF)

This link will take you to a resource by Dr. Stuart Shanker, which features an article titled The Self-Reg View on: Expanding Our Understanding of the Meaning of Safe. *MFNSS generated resource.

The video documents and provides instruction on the building of a quinzee.

A handout with general ideas and activities to help promote skill development during this time at home.

Free in line site four weeks of daily discussion questions and activities that students can do at home, no technology required.


Career Development

This document provides a checklist of the information required to submit an online application.

Information on student financial aid for those needing support to attend post-secondary institutions. Includes career research, institution information, budget form, and application requirements.

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of information on student financial aid for those needing support to attend post-secondary institutions.

Whether you are just starting to plan for your future, wanting to change jobs or looking to advance your career, this model is designed as a tool to assist you with lifelong career development planning. We encourage you to revisit the Decision Making Model often to help you stay on the road to success as you journey through your career and evolve throughout life.


School-Aged

Literacy

These early learning literacy websites to support families to encourage reading comprehension and to develop language for children ages 0-7 years.

Let’s Read Together- Activity Guide for Families (PDF)

This guide is a literacy resource created by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. It was created as a support for families. This guide provides useful information on developmentally appropriate learning. This guide gives suggestions of play based learning activities to continue learning at home. Either use all or pieces of this resource to help support your teaching strategies with your families offsite. Try to point out the importance of communication and discussion which will greatly benefit children’s language and literacy development.

The Stay Home Superheroes (PDF)

This children’s story written by Sophie Marsh beautifully describes how important our children are during this time as stay home superheroes. Fun for children of all ages.

Open access to eText of trusted Pearson textbooks on Texidium (Kivuto).

Literacy activities for children. Talking, singing, playing sound and word games, reading, writing and drawing with your child are great ways to set up a good literacy foundation.

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun. These activities for pre-readers, beginning readers, and older readers include what you need and what to do for each one.

Parents can get their children excited about learning with the education online literacy collection of teacher-designed educational games. With activities suited for preschool through 5th grade, your children will build foundational skills in everything from counting to reading comprehension, fractions to basic coding, and much more.

Sign up for the initiative and have the teaching tips delivered to you by email. Recipients of the free newsletter will receive a literacy activity tip on Mondays, wellness tip on Wednesdays and a numeracy tip on Fridays The strategies are available across Manitoba, including in paper copies for those who do not have access to the internet.


Reading Recovery

Here are some links for parents to assist in daily reading and writing activities from the RRCNA website (Reading Recovery Council of North America).

Some ideas and suggestions for parents or family members when assisting their children with assignments

How to help your child in problem-solving during reading. Being flexible in problem-solving provides more information to allow the child to be successful.

Some games for parents to do with their children at home or when they are sitting and waiting at appointments, etc.


Mathematics

Help children see math in everyday activities and create their own positive math stories. Mathology Little Books support children learn the essential skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to communicate mathematically. New books will be added every week. Access this online tool containing rich math activities until the end of June 2020*.

NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.
NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education – completely free and available to all.
NRICH aims to:
· Enrich and enhance the experience of the mathematics curriculum for all learners
· Develop mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills
· Offer challenging, inspiring and engaging activities
· Show rich mathematics in meaningful contexts
· Work in partnership with teachers, schools and other educational settings to share expertise

K-12 Resource links for Learning Math at Home.


Physical Education and Health Links

Downloadable activity sheets for educators and families to print and be able to continue to learn at home.  Find this information directly at www.hskids.ca/hsk-at-home

PHE Home Learning Centre provides access to practical and fun physical and health education activities.

Animal walks are a fun and creative way to work on whole body strength and coordination.

Looking for suggestions of ways to help preschool aged kids develop their gross motor skills (movements using the large muscle groups of the body)? VeryWellFamily has activities for preschoolers to have healthy, active fun indoors and outdoors!

Here you’ll find a fun youtube video playlist for younger kids to follow along to and work on their gross motor skills! 

Here are some fun exercises for early and middle years aged children to work on their core strength!

This link has some fun activities for younger children to work on their core strength while they play!

While “SEL” has become a common buzz word among educators, social emotional learning does not just occur in the classroom; it is an important part of our home, as well. Here are five easy social emotional learning activities for children (and adults!) to support SEL in your home.


Science Links

7 Amazing physics tricks that you can try at home!

10 Easy Science Experiments – That Will Amaze Kids

Science Quizzes

ProProfs.com is a free online site that provides quizzes on topics in science and math. Each quiz has approximately 10 questions. It auto-grades and provides a certificate of achievement that can be downloaded and provide evidence of a completed task and score. To get a specific quiz, add the topic to the end of the URL as illustrated here.

The purpose of this report is to assess the existing technology education programming available to Indigenous students living in First Nations in Manitoba. Technology education encompasses industrial arts, human ecology, applied business education, and technical vocational programming. During the collection of information, this report notes that there are many industrial arts, human ecology, and applied business education courses available in First Nations. However, there are very few technical vocational programs available to the students living on-reserve. This report hopes to allow for the creation of access to technical vocational programs and for the improvement of existing technology education programs in the future.

The St. Boniface Research Centre, along with scientists from the University of Manitoba’s Department of Immunology, has published a magazine storybook with La Liberte, regarding the science behind the COVID-19 situation. This resource is to provide a better understanding of the coronavirus and its current circumstances to children.


Special Education

Making a Book About Your Family Home (Lesson Plan)

This lesson plan will help you brainstorm ideas to create a family book project about your home and teach your children common house vocabulary in English or your traditional language while working together as a family.

The Challenges Calendar gives a simple language enrichment activity idea to do with your child every day. These activities are fun, quick, and use materials from around your own home. A lot of the activities even include playing games or going for walks. There are three calendars (Early Years, Middle Years, Senior Years) that aren’t date specific, so they can be started at any time. This resource accompanies the Language and Literacy Suggestions Wheel (PDF). The suggestion wheel includes strategies to help build your child’s speech and language skills. You can use these strategies during any part of your day. Start by choosing just 1 or 2 strategies to try out, and see how it goes!


Student Support Resources

Youth-Friendly Resources & Websites: This link will take you to a PDF, which features information about emotional problems, including anxiety and depression.

Sometimes when we’re worried, mad, or scared we get big feelings in our bodies. This video series from the storybook Big Feelings Come and Go teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight, and what to do to help them manage their big feelings. You can also download a free PDF version of the book!

This year, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week is being observed May 4-10, 2020.• Every year since 1951, CMHA has hosted Mental Health Week in the first full week in May, making 2020 the 69th year.• Mental Health Week is a Canadian tradition, with communities, schools and workplacesrallying to celebrate, protect and promote mental health.• Visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca for info and tools about CMHA Mental Health Week.• Connect on social media using the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek.

This link will take you to a resource focused on helping teens at home who are dealing with anxiety.

What does anxiety in kids look like? This link will take you to a resource that explores six different ways that anxiety can impact us and our lives.

This link will direct you to an anxiety workbook for children.

Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.

A parent tool kit for communicating with teens.

A toolkit for parents, teachers, providers focused on mental health.


Disclaimer: Certain links in this website will lead to websites and webinars which are not under the control of MFNERC. When you activate these you will leave the MFNERC website. MFNERC has no control over and accepts no liability in respect of materials, products or services available on any website which is not under the control of MFNERC.