(Michif ) My Family

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Indigenous Language
Indigenous Language, Social Studies, Health, Family and Parenting, Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being

8, 9, 7, 10, 12, 11, 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
Heather Souter
Verna Demontigny
Elvis Demontigny
Vivian Smith
Connie Henry
Terri Dixon
Laura Forsythe

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Use and respond to greetings and leave takings

2. Recognize family vocabulary

3. Respond to some oral commands

Learning Plan

Title Type
Overview Document: Michif Integrated Lesson/Unit Plan File
Lesson 1 'My Family' - Sample Daily Instructional Framework Document File
Language for Greetings and Leave Taking Poster File
Language for Greetings and Leave Takings-audio File
STEP 1-Simple Opening Prayer for Class-script File
STEP 1-Simple Opening Prayer-audio File
STEP 2-Reading Workshop: 'What are you called' Taanshi ee-ishinikaas hoyen File
STEP 3-Guided Oral Input 'My Family' Model Lesson-video Link
STEP 3-Guided Oral Input 'My family' script File
STEP 3-Guided Oral Input 'My family'-audio File
STEP 4-'Ma Famii'-Scaffolded Oral Review-Model Video Link
Teaching Tips-7 Levels of Questioning to Build Student Confidence in Speaking File
Teacher Language for the Classroom-script File
Teacher Language for the Classroom-audio File
STEP 5-Shared Writing 'My Family' Model Lesson-Video Link
For Lessons 1-4: Huge Question Mark File
STEP 6-Shared Reading 'My Family'-Model Video Link
Learner Language Survival Phrases-script File
Learner Language Survival Phrases-audio File
STEP 7 Total Physical Response-Verbs - Model Video Link
STEP 7-Total Physical Response Verbs List File
STEP 8-Language for 'Who is this What is this'-poster File
STEP 8-Who is this What is this-audio File
STEP 8 - More Family and Friends Vocabulary for Poster - script File
STEP 8-More Family and Friends Vocabulary-audio File
Simple Closing Prayer for Class-script File
Simple Closing Prayer for Class-audio File
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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?:

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?

Below are some words in the language that are part of this lesson plan:

Building on the Lesson: Language Structure and Vocabulary

Related resources on NCCIE.ca

Title Type
Little Métis Sing With Me Link
Master-Apprentice Indigenous language revitalization in Michif and Other Indigenous Languages Link
Aakoota-kaawaapaamittin: The Michif Language Link
Manitoba Metis Federation Minister of Michif Link

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
Ethics in the classroom: care, truthfulness and trust, respect, integrity
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): 1:00
(includes time for instruction, in-class practice, and assessment, if applicable)

Other Details

Unit Plan Title:
Stream: General, Academic
Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Manitoba


Please contact Heather Souter  for more information.