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First Nations Language & Culture

TthaNárɛltth’ɛr Our Dene Hero Worksheets Package and online flipbook.

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.

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.

This film is based on the story of John Joseph Harper, a member of the Wasagamack First Nation in the Island Lake area. Harper was shot and killed by a Winnipeg Police officer on March 8th, 1988. At the time of his death, he was the executive director of the Island Lake Tribal Council and a leader in Manitoba’s Indigenous community. Harper’s case was one of the two major cases in Canada that led to, at the time, the creation of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. Included are questions for students to answer about the film, discussion topic, and facts about this true story in PDF form.

Directed and written by Tasha Hubbard, produced by Bonnie Thompson. From the National Film Board: “This is the painful story of what came to be known as Saskatoon’s infamous ‘freezing deaths’ and the schism between a fearful, mistrustful Indigenous community and a police force that must come to terms with a shocking secret. One frigid night in January of 2000, an Indigenous man, Darrell Night, finds himself dumped by two police officers in -20◦C temperatures in a barren field on the city outskirts and finds shelter at a nearby power station. He survives but is stunned to hear that the frozen body of another Indigenous man is discovered in the same area. Days later, another victim, also Indigenous, is found. When Night comes forward with his story, he sets into motion a chain of events: a major RCMP investigation into several suspicious deaths, the conviction of two constables who abandoned him and the reopening of an old case, leading to a judicial inquiry.”

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up is the story of a young Cree man, Colten Bushie, who was killed on a Saskatchewan farm. The linked documentary is suitable for grades 9-12. The film link and attached assignment are designed to guide students through questions as they follow along with the film. There are also discussion topics at the end of the items that you may use in your broader discussion about the film.

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!

First Nations Language and Culture – Marsha Blacksmith – Cree Language video/power point language learning: Spring Words’ – ‘Ē sīkwāk Ayamiwina.’
Target Audience: All ages from 4 years old and up.

An interactive Jeopardy game which educators can use to teach about the Metis nation and facts about Louis Riel.

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).

This is part 2 of 2 videos. Please listen closely to the words and sounds in Standard Roman Orthography. I advise you practice saying the word(s) daily. Please feel free to change or modify and teach in your community’s dialect and/or interpretation.

Resources for Ininimowin (Cree)

All Video Resources

Cree Videos with Resources and Worksheets

Spring Birds in Cree

Charity Cooper, MFNERC Cree Language and Culture facilitator, shares the names of springtime birds in Cree. The following video features some of these birds and their pronunciations in the Roman orthography; you will also learn to recognize the singular and plural forms for each word.

Spring Goose Hunting

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.

Basic Commands in the Home

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.

Bathroom Rules in Cree

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.

Weather and Temperature Terms in Cree

This PowerPoint and worksheets for weather and Temperature (Cree).

Resources for Dene

This video is for students and parents, as well as people who want to learn the Months in Dene.

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.

Resources for 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?”

Resources for Anisininemowin (Ojibwe-Cree)

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.

The website link is provided free by the Distance Learning Unit of MB Education to assist the teachers and students of Grades 11 & 12, to complete their enrolled courses online (out of 17 courses) for the 2019/20 School Year during the in-person school shutdown. All high school teachers could sign up for the courses by registering with the link provided. It may take a few days for all the online courses to be operational and the teachers could use the resources online and/or as homework packages for their students.

Career Development

The Canada Job Bank: Has career quizzes and tests. Students can explore career possibilities based upon their interests, abilities, their perceptions of work and activities associated with work. They can also explore their personality, which is a very important component of career development education. They can take quizzes about their way of thinking and understanding, learning style and work values. These quizzes are all manageable in terms of time allotment. There is also a great skills checklist to get students to start determining what their skills are and what skills they are developing in their learning experiences.

Manitoba Career Prospects: Provides students with a great opportunity to explore the various career sectors in Manitoba- very relevant!

Career Planning Project: Through the Education Partnership Program, MFNERC, in collaboration with Manitoba Education and Training, undertook an initiative to complete an environmental scan of career planning and exploration for First Nations students. The goal of the project was to identify what is currently being offered to Manitoba First Nations students on-reserve and to develop a plan to increase career planning development opportunities for Manitoba First Nations schools.

This Manitoba Training Center website has a lot of links to support youth and their teachers to get prepared for the workforce. There are also a number of links that allow the ability to complete certifications that will help boost the resume. Please contact Shannon Leflar to navigate the website and the multiple links that are available on here.

The following YouTube video will help prepare youth to get out into the workforce. This video explains how to complete a resume and a cover letter with relevant Manitoba information.

This YouTube video will help prepare youth to get out into the workforce. This video explains how to start a job search with relevant Manitoba information.

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.

This activity is intended to encourage students to begin thinking about their essential skills and strengths and how these are related to employability and work. Requires creativity and critical thinking. Suitable for grades 9-12.

This submission is an 11-page document created mainly for high school students to start planning a career path with a family member and/or teacher.

Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate

Transition your classroom to online learning under the direction of Wapaskwa’s online teaching staff. We have over 10 years of experience using Brightspace by D2L. We will prepare a course template for teachers to post any planned learning opportunities. Your instructors may post readings, activities, assignments, recorded mini-lessons, or longer recorded instructional sessions as well as other types of student engagement (readings, assignments, quizzes, etc.). We can also support online meetings, live tutoring sessions, or video assignments. To learn more about this opportunity watch our website for our instructional webinar series.

Science Simulations from Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate.

Comparing First Nations in Canada and Exploring First Nations in Canada are two fun assignments that use similar content and the same websites to complete the activities (see PDFs for the links). Both assignments include a reflection piece that requires students to consider the similarities and differences between their nation and the nations explored throughout the websites.

For Educators

This guide is designed for educators or anyone who would like to teach young people about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals — also known as the SDGs or the Global Goals — cover a wide range of sustainability issues; highlighting local, national and international priority areas to end poverty and hunger, improve health and education, make cities more sustainable and combat climate change.

The Manitoba Professional Learning Environment (Maple) is hosted by Manitoba Education and provides a private and secure space for Manitoba educators to access content and to communicate and share ideas. Maple’s mandate is to help teachers find and organize materials to support instruction.
The site contains the Science Wiki and the Indigenous Education Wiki. The Wiki contains, Group of teachers, Resource and reference materials and Forums a teacher could connect.

Old School Offline Activities to keep your students’ minds in shape and occupied until they can return to school. *MFNSS generated resource.

Seesaw creates a powerful learning loop that brings together students, teachers and families to deepen student learning. There are many activities to support repeated home learning routines in all subject areas. It is free. *MFNSS generated resource.


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

Mathletics is offering use of their product for free until the end of June.

K-12 Resource links for Learning Math at Home.

CEMC at Home has been developed to support teachers, students and parents during these challenging times. Most weekdays, CEMC will post something for each of four grade levels: Grade 4 to 6, Grade 7/8, Grade 9/10 and Grade 11/12. The goal is to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do mathematics and computer science while at home practicing social distancing. The resources will include games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.

The Problem of the Week is designed to provide students with an ongoing opportunity to solve mathematical problems. Each week, problems from various areas of mathematics will be posted here and e-mailed to teachers for use with their students from grades 4 and up.

This link will take you to a website that contains the Home Finance and Vehicle Finance of the Grade 12 Essential Math course.

This website covers topics such as Kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Static Electricity, Light and Colour, and several others. The Physics Classroom addresses Manitoba curriculum outcomes in Science 10F, Science 20F, Physics 30S and Physics 40S. This resource includes physics interactives and tutorials, worksheets, video tutorials and teacher toolkits. This website link is for teachers, parents and students focusing on Senior Years Grade 9-12.

Physical Education and Health

SHAPE America is dedicated to helping physical education and health education teachers across the country as many schools and school districts are moving to distance learning due to COVID-19.

Free At-Home PE Activities & Resources
Celebrate National Physical Education & Sport Week with health. moves. minds. @ home! Check out the family field day packet, activity calendars, and more free resources for staying active and healthy at home as you celebrate National PE and Sport Week.

During the month of May, move every day by participating in the activities listed on our new calendar, specially designed for kids, families and students. For teachers, use our turnkey calendar to help your students get active easily virtually (see below for some tips on integrating the calendar into your daily lessons).

The Be Fit For Life Network is a provincial initiative comprised of 9 regional centres, located in Colleges and Universities across Alberta. The Network works together, alongside many partners to inspire, educate and support Albertans to lead healthy, physically active lifestyles. Be Fit For Life Coordinators are experts in physical activity, working across sectors in their unique communities, setting the stage for collaboration and alignment of services to support the development of physical literacy.

Human Development and Sexual Health Peer-Sharing Webinar Blog – Connections to social-emotional learning skills, ideas for how to create emotionally and physically safe environments and supportive approaches used to communicate the learning in Human Development and Sexual Health with families were shared and built upon.
Access resources – Join us @OpheaCanada each Friday from now through June at 3pm for a live Twitter Chat! We will ask and answer questions on each week’s #OpheaOpheaClass lesson, game, or activity and provide a forum for sharing and learning how you and others have adapted these lessons for your learners in your online program.

Opportunities for professional development in the areas of physical and health education and healthy school communities is critical to the advancement of our profession.

This dropbox link has various folders for physical education teachers and other school staff looking after the physical education and health program in our First Nation schools. Resources: Ball Skills Throwing Catching Activities, Fitness Assessments, Land-Based Activities, Year 3 Gymnastics Movement Lesson, Year 4 Invasion Games, Year 6 Lesson and Games.

Visit the Twinkl Canada Page and Twinkl Canada Teaching Group on Facebook for regular updates, featured resources and connect with a community of Canadian Twinkl users.

400 great resources for physical education teachers and other school staff looking after the physical education and health programs. Selected by Norbert Mercredi, Physical Education & Health Program Facilitator, MFNERC.

You can look forward to content announcements and previews in June with professional development options to help you get ready for whatever the new normal looks like. OPEN will be here to support your work.

Science 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.

This site provides basic chemistry help .It provides information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. Other free science sites from this site include Biology4Kids, Geography4Kids, Cosmos4Kids, or Physics4Kids, and a math site called

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools — all for free. It Includes topics in the following categories: science, Languages. Arts and Humanities, Math. Social Science and Other which has computer skills. Discover popular Chemistry study sets on Quizlet. Study Chemistry topics like Periodic Table of Elements, Physical Chemistry and Polyatomic Ions. Learn what you need to get good grades in Chemistry classes. Memorize important Chemistry terms, definitions, diagrams and concepts. Prepare for Chemistry homework and exams with free online flashcards, diagrams, study guides and practice tests.

A website that provides hands-on activities, videos, articles and science topics to engage online learning for children at home. Students can enter their grade level and search for science areas they are interested in.

As a student in Senior Years, you may be considering your first career. If you are interested in pursuing a career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this information gives you a clearer picture of the types of geospatial jobs out there. It is written by Raluca Nicola, a Web cartographer @ArcGISJSAPI. If you would like to have a GIS online account and a self-learning plan, you may contact Michael Li, Technology Facilitator at MFNERC via email. Students Guide to Jobs in GIS and Cartography

In Manitoba Education, teaching Senior Years Information and Communication Technology/Computer Science requires teaching a computer programming language. This web-based resource is used to teach the basics of Python programming in a semi-interactive fashion. It contains a series of instructions, mixed with exercises that you can use to test your progress. Anyone can use this website for free.
For teachers• The teacher should create an account;• The student should create an account, go to “Edit My Profile” in the user menu at top right, and you can register a teacher, a knowledgeable friend or Michael Li, Technology Facilitator as a “guru” on your profile page after creating an account to receive instructional guidance if needed.

This is an EarthCache located in Downtown Winnipeg. It is wheelchair accessible. All fossils can be found on the exterior of the buildings no more than 2 meters above the ground. NOTE: The accuracy of your GPS will be low in these areas due to the obstruction of the buildings. Be prepared to search a wider area than usual. GPS handheld device (Garmin etrex 20) needed for activity unless you have a GPS app on your mobile phone.

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers and students communicate and collaborate, manage assignments paperlessly, and stay organized. Google Classroom is part of the Google Apps for Education suite of tools and is only available to Google Apps for Education accounts.eded for activity unless you have a GPS app on your mobile phone.

The Optics4Kids website is a resource for teachers and parents that focuses on optics – the science of light. This website is for children aged 5 and up and covers topics such as reflection, refraction and several others. The Optics4Kids website addresses Manitoba curriculum outcomes in the Grade 4 Light and Sound Cluster, the Grade 8 Optics Cluster, and clusters in the Physics 30S curriculum.

Science Simulations

Unit 2 Dynamics Inclines Lab for Physics

40S Curriculum Outcome: Topic 1.2 Dynamics, S4P-1-9 Perform an experiment to investigate forces acting on an object.

Unit 2 Dynamics Inclines Lab for Physics

Below is the link to “The Ramp” simulation. It is a java file that the user can download and open if they have JAVA installed. Link to JAVA if it is not installed: Simulation Link

Students follow the prompts in the Word document and complete the lab. They require an understanding of inclines and calculations associated with it to complete the lab. The incline plane topic is covered under Topic 1.2 Dynamics in the Grade 12 Physics Manitoba Curriculum.

Ideal Gas Laws Simulation

Curriculum Outcomes: Topic 2: Gases and the Atmosphere, C11-2-05, C11-2-06, C11-2-07: Experiment to develop the relationship between pressure, volume, and temperature of a gas.

Open up the PhET simulation link for Ideal Gas Law and follow along with the instructions in the Word document handout. At the end of this simulation lab, you will have an understanding of the relationship between pressure, volume, and temperature of gases.

Balancing Chemical Equations – Chemistry 30S

Introduction to balancing equations video:

Students open will the simulation and Word document handout. Students interact with the simulation as they follow along with the instructions in the Word document handout.

Student Support Resources

The following list of apps includes plenty of material for parents, teachers, children, and youth to support children and youth with various issues.

Keep the spirit lifted, the mind curious, and the heart at peace with these positive coping strategies., School Mental Health Ontario, and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support, and reliable information they need during this pandemic.

We Matter is a place to help Indigenous youth get through hard times, whether you need support yourself or want to support someone you know. It has stories, videos, resources, and more by Indigenous youth and communities for Indigenous youth and communities.

Teen Mental Health provides information, knowledge, and resources for youth, parents/caregivers, and professionals to support young people in striving for good mental health. Topics include a variety of mental health issues and COVID-19 resources as well.

This website provides the knowledge and resources to guide teenagers on how to start practising mindfulness. Mindfulness decreases stress and worry by allowing us to live in the present moment.

This website is geared toward suicide prevention. It contains resources for students, parents and school administration.

This network was created to stop bullying in Canada. Bullying is an issue amongst children and youth, and now with the pandemic, cyberbullying may become heightened. This website has resources for kids, teens, parents and educators on promoting bullying prevention. can help you understand grief and work through some of the difficult issues you may be facing. This resource is geared toward parents and caregivers.

This website has a collection of resources for adults to help with themselves and others with their mental wellness during COVID-19.

Canada’s pediatricians share knowledge and resources for parents in supporting optimal growth of their children’s mental health development.

This link will direct you to free video modules, which provide guidance, intervention, and postvention for grieving students. Each video time varies between 9-11 minutes.

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

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 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.

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.

Youth resources for support during COVID-19

Post Secondary Resources

The following link provides a virtual exterior walk around all Canadian college and university campuses using Google Maps. Go explore!

Red River College is having a virtual campus tour Wednesday, February 17, 2021 between 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Check out the link below to register. It’s free. 😊

University of Manitoba’s virtual open house is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2021. Check out the link below for the particulars.

Manitoba Institute of Technology and Trade (MITT) is having virtual open house Tuesday, February 23, 2021; 4:00pm to 8:00pm CST, plus the possibility of winning free tuition money. Just click on the link.

University of Brandon has an exciting link to explore with videos and you can ask questions too!

University College of the North does not have a specific campus tour, but their website is very user friendly. Check out some of their links (i.e., courses, tuition and living). Just one click away!

Assiniboine College has easy to access links to various virtual campus tours. Check out the link below and read their easy to follow instructions.

Yellowquill College specializes in Aboriginal education and training. They have an easy to navigate home page. Go explore your future!

SLP and Literacy Teacher and Educational Assistant Training Videos

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Languages and Culture

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