Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Aboriginal Day - by any other name...

​From now on - 
 National Indigenous Peoples Day


Happy National Aboriginal Day, Happy Nation Indigenous Peoples' Day, Happy Solstice! Let's hope the name change reflects a deep commitment to making changes in how Indigenous People are welcomed into the heart of Canadian society.
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The semantic shift to "indigenous" — now generally seen as the preferred term to refer to the original inhabitants of Canada — follows the Trudeau government's decision in 2015 to rename the Department of Aboriginal Affairs to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Learning through an Aboriginal language

The impact on students' English and Aboriginal language skills |
​CJE

http://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/824/1112


​In 2011, the CJE printed this interesting study on the impact of immersing students in a traditional language rather than adding it as a second language (i.e. vocab, a few phrases, colours, etc.)​ The authors offer important findings around cultural identity and performance in mainstream language (French or English.)

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Aboriginal communities across Canada are implementing Aboriginal language programs in their schools. In the present research, we explore the impact of learning through an Aboriginal language on students' English and Aboriginal language skills by contrasting a Mi'kmaq language immersion program with a Mi'kmaq as a second language program. The results revealed that students in the immersion program not only had stronger Mi'kmaq language skills compared to students in the second language program, but students within both programs ultimately had the same level of English. Immersion programs can simultaneously revitalize a threatened language and prepare students for success in mainstream society.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mi'kmaq apprentices build birchbark canoe

​Reclaiming things that may have been forgotten
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mi-kmaq-birchbark-canoe-building-todd-labrador-millbrook-1.4152046

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The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq organized the program in partnership with Nova Scotia's Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

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The group of apprentices is working under the guidance of Todd Labrador, a seventh generation canoe builder, learning how to transform spruce roots and birch bark into an elegant 16-foot vessel. 

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Labrador hopes the program will spark new interest in his craft.
"It's a part of our culture, canoe building and basket making. That's so important, but not enough people are doing it. There's always the fear of losing it," he said. 

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nouns - Mi'gmaq

​A great read for an L'nu Grammar Wonk!​
http://wiki.migmaq.org/index.php?title=Nouns


​I love learning about languages and the intricacies of grammar systems. The Mi'kmaw language has concepts that don't exist in English. It makes for fascinating reading!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Halifax schools could start each day with recognition of Mi'kmaq lands

Statement acknowledging Mi'kmaq lands
​to
 be read along with announcements 


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The school board's elected Mi'kmaq representative, Jessica Rose, said if a statement is introduced, she hopes it will help Mi'kmaq students feel proud and accepted by their peers.

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Rose said it's important that the statement be accompanied by appropriate education about Mi'kmaq history. While the curriculum for primary to Grade 6 students does include treaty education, and older students do learn about Mi'kmaq culture and heritage, there's always room for more lessons, Rose said.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fort William First Nation accepts non-Indigenous man as full member



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As other First Nations take legal action to limit their membership and to exclude even fully Indigenous people who marry outsiders, the Fort William First Nation this year accepted four people as members who do not possess Indian status, which is recognition by the federal government that a person is registered under the Indian Act and entitled to the accompanying funding and benefits.
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As I read this article, I was struck by the difference between what is happening in Fort William and how things are unfolding for the Qalipu. ​When First Nations have control over their own membership rolls without interference from the Federal government, they are able to make decisions that benefit their communities rather than divide them. I wonder about the families in Newfoundland who find that some members are not welcome or are excluded despite their ancestral and traditional connections to the people and the land. How terrible to be denied recognition by members of your own Mi'kmaw community.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Teaching About the Mi’kmaq

C​
urriculum resource
​s to download

http://www.mikmaweydebert.ca/home/sharing-our-stories/education-and-outreach/school-curriculum/

Th
​e​s
e
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curriculum resource
​s,​
developed by Mi'kmaw educators
​,​
​are
 available to teachers and the general public
​via
 the MDCC website.
​(​
Supplementary materials can be found here.
​) ​
The
​se​
resource
​s​
​were
 designed for anyone who teaches Mi'kmaw history, culture and knowledge. Through the stories and knowledge of Mi'kmaw Elders, educators, and other experts,
​you will find
 content and teaching strategies for grades primary to nine
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gathering Song - transcription

A gathering is happening


Wejkwita
​'​
jik Ni
​'​
kmaq
Wla tett nike
​'​
a
Mawio
​'​
mi weskewa
​'​
sik
Welta
​'​
sualtultimk tett nike
​'​ ...


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Friday, December 30, 2016

In Nova Scotia, a Mi’kmaw Model for First Nation Education


​A​ possible model for First Nation education in Canada




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With support from Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, an education authority that provides central services, local Mi'kmaw schools deliver language immersion courses, culturally-appropriate teaching pedagogy and other initiatives to promote student success. In 2010-11, Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey reported a high school student graduation rate of 75 per cent for students in the system, twice the Canadian average. The self-governance arrangement is drawing attention as a possible model for First Nation education in Canada.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NewJourneys / Meet the artist behind the Mi'kmaq New Journeys theme

Lo​
ok
​ing​
to Mi'kmaq petroglyph tradition


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Alan Syliboy is the artist behind the Mi'kmaq New Journeys design.
 Syliboy looks to the Indigenous Mi'kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration and develops his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms.
​He
 incorporated traditional Mi'kmaq petroglyph themes into the New Journeys design: "I believe the Fiddlehead was where the Mi'kmaq double curve design originated. The double curve has many meanings. To some the curves represent plants which have the protective and curing powers of medicinal herbs. The mirror image of the double curve, reminds us to keep balance in our lives. Many curves together can symbolize community standing side by side, together in a special union.
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