The Master-Apprentice Program for Michif at Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization Circle uses one-on-one home and community based immersion techniques to teach Michif language and Métis culture. The Program pairs speakers and learners. Apprentices in the program go grocery shopping with master language-keepers and in time use Michif in every day life.
Verna DeMontigny says Michif is a living language, constantly changing; she and other language-keepers gather at least once a year to formulate new words. They consider terms from English, French, and what they call vrai Cree; they consider terms already used by Michif speakers.
Verna DeMontigny was interviewed just before the doors opened at the Métis Pavilion. Towards the end of the interview, you can see people coming in to share traditional music, dance, food, and laughter. The Pavilion is sponsored by the Manitoba Manitoba Métis Federation – Southwest Region (http://www.southwestmmf.ca/) and is part of the Westman Multicultural Festival in Brandon Manitoba. This year it was held from January 31 to February 2, 2019. If you have a chance to go in the future, try the rice pudding.