'Indigenous Education' in Indigenous Languages

To honour the diversity of languages found across Canada amongst First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, NCCIE privileges Indigenous languages by placing them first on the NCCIE Home Page to the left of the logo.

At the top of the page, to the left of the NCCIE logo, you will see words alternately appearing in different languages. Each phrase has been shared by individuals who have described to NCCIE how they would express “Indigenous education” in their language, recognizing that “Indigenous” is a word that does not translate directly.

Below you will see the words they have shared, the name of their language and their People, and how they translate those words into English. You will note that “Indigenous” is not used in these descriptions.

How do you say “Indigenous education” in your language?

If you would like to add to this growing list (or clarify what you see here), please click on “Contact Us” and let us know. We will gladly add your contribution to the rotating list of words next to the logo. If you use syllabics that do not appear in the spaces provided when you are typing, please email the information to nccie@fnuniv.ca. Please include:

  • the words in your language,
  • the name of your language,
  • the name of your People, and
  • how the words translate into English (without using “Indigenous”)

Anihšināpēmowin (Saulteaux)

People: Anihšināpē (Saulteaux)
Meaning: First People’s Education


Anishinaabemowin (Eastern Ojibwe)

People: Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Meaning: A Person’s Knowledge; literally, an Ojibwe Person’s Knowledge



People: Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux)
Meaning: Common People’s education


ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ (Inuktitut)

People: Inuit (Nunavut)
Meaning: Education from Inuit and First Peoples


Nēhiyawewin (Plains Cree)

People: Nehiyawak (Cree)
Meaning: a First Nations person learning or teaching one another



People: Dene
Meaning: Teaching Dene People



People: Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux)
Meaning: Common Man Teachings


Sahtugotjne (North Slavey – Déline dialect)

People: Déline People, Great Bear Lake People (Sáhtu Region)
Meaning: “Dene ways of education” or “You are taught to learn something”


Siksiká (Blackfoot)

People: Siksika, Kainai and Piikani
Meaning: Real People’s Education


Iyuw Iyimuun (Naskapi)

People: Naskapi Innu
Meaning: “learning of the Naskapi ways”