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Indigenous Language
Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being

Beginner Language

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this lesson to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

Note: As long as the 'Acknowledgement Protocol' is followed to honour the Land and the People where a lesson plan originates, lesson plans appearing on NCCIE.CA may be adapted to different places and different ages of learners. What is the Land Acknowledgement where you live?   Read More


Name Role/Job Title Place
Joyce Healy
Beverly Hungry Wolf
Linda ManyGuns
Leah Bortolin

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

1. Use a repertoire of words and phrases in familiar contexts, within a variety of lexical fields, including: a) my community and neighbourhood, b) music, c) domestic animals, d) extended family, e) games.  [LC-1.3]

2. Attend to the form of the language in simple sentences using I, you, he/she, subjects and action words in a) declarative statements form, b) noun possession form for animate, c) noun possession form for singular animate and inanimate nouns using: my, yours, his/hers. [LC-1 (1S, 2S, 3S, VAI, NA, NI)]

3. Interpret and produce oral texts; produce and speak simple sentences in guided situations. [LC-2, LC-2.2]

4. Interpret and produce written and visual texts; write simple sentences in guided situations. [LC-3, LC-3.2]

Learning Plan

Title Type
Supplies: Blackfoot Language Booklet (one per student) Supplies and Equipment
Blackfoot Manual File
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20 minutes
15 minutes
15 minutes


Teachers' Guide

Is this a land-based course, held in the classroom, taken into the community, or a combination?: Is there an opportunity to invite other language speakers, including Elders, to teach part of the lesson?:
Title Type
Blackfoot Manual File

Teacher Language for Reinforcing the Lesson

Here are some tips and reinforcing phrases to use in class, supporting students in learning the language:
  • Create an environment where it is safe to make mistakes
  • Create a routine built on repetition
  • Involve a fluent/proficient speaker in the classroom; they are 'living libraries'
  • Relate the language to land and philosophy; this is where identity flourishes
  • Flood the learner with vocabulary, images, and written language
  • What words/phrases of encouragement can you repeat regularly to positively engage students and reinforce learning? For example, how do you say "Well done" or "Excellent" in your language?

Holism and All Our Relations

This lesson plan has been developed with an Indigenous lens that is holistic in nature, a way of being and knowing that acknowledges our relationships with 'all our relations', including plants and animals, other human beings, the water, land, wind, sun, moon, stars, and more - everything seen and unseen. With 'all our relations' in mind, this lesson plan has been developed with a focus on:

Language and Culture
Intergenerational learning with Elders/Knowledge Holders
Relationship with family, ancestors
Different learning styles; attention given to mind, body, and spirit
Healthy relationships in school and community
Connections with everyday life
Participatory and experiential learning activities
Healthy relationship with self and identity
Personal reflection time (connecting with thoughts and feelings)

Lesson Plan Length

Estimated Length (hh:mm): 1:20
(includes time for instruction, in-class practice, and assessment, if applicable)

Other Details

Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Alberta


Please contact Linda Many Guns  for more information.