(Michif ) Let's make tea!

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Indigenous Language
Health, Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being, Indigenous Language

7, 10, Beginner Language, 9, 12, 8, 11

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. Understand food and drink vocabulary and related verbs as used in interpersonal exchanges.    

2. Use food and drink vocabulary and related verbs to create a short written text as a group.

3. Respond to some oral commands.

4. Collaboratively "make" a cup of tea and assess their group’s performance.

Learning Plan

Title Type
Michif Integrated Lesson Unit Plan File
Let's Make Tea-Sample Instructional Framework File
Language for Greetings and Leave-Takings Posters File
Language for Greetings and Leave-Takings - audio File
STEP 1-Simple Opening Prayer - script File
STEP 1-Simple Opening Prayer-audio File
STEP 3-Making a Cup of Tea Video Part 1 Link
STEP 3-Making a cup of Tea Video Part 2 Link
STEP 3-Making a cup of tea "Do you like X_ and bannock?"- script File
STEP 3-Making a Cup of Tea-'Do you like X and bannock' audio File
STEP 4-Language for Poster: “Do you like this ...?” File
STEP 4-Language for "Do you like this ...?" - audio File
STEP 4-'Making a Cup of Tea'-Scaffolded Oral Review pdf File
Teacher Language for the Classroom - script File
Teacher Language for the Classroom - audio File
Huge_Question_Mark File
Learner Language Survival Phrases - script File
Learner Language Survival Phrases - audio File
Total Physical Response Verbs - Model Video Link
Total Physical Response Verbs List 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
Master-Apprentice Indigenous language revitalization in Michif and Other Indigenous Languages Link
Little Métis Sing With Me 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:

On-the-land/outdoor learning experiences
Language and Culture
Different learning styles; attention given to mind, body, and spirit
Connections with everyday life
Participatory and experiential learning activities
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

Meets curriculum expectations or outcomes for: Manitoba


Please contact Heather Souter  for more information.