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Minister of Michif (Michif Cluster)

Andrew Carrier Minister of Michif for the Manitoba Metis Federation speaks to the importance of language, his own personal journey with Michif and the next steps needed to save Michif for future generations. 

Andrew Carrier Minister of Michif for the Manitoba Metis Federation speaks to the importance of language, his own personal journey with Michif and the next steps needed to save Michif for future generations. 

Master-Apprentice Indigenous language revitalization in Michif and Other Indigenous Languages

Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization Circle Master-Apprentice Indigenous language revitalization aims to build the capacity of fluent-speaking Elders and others (“masters”) and committed learners (“apprentices”) to work as language learning teams in hopes of keeping their endangered ancestral languages alive. P2WILRC, a grassroots all-volunteer community group based in the Parkland, was given a grant […]

Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization Circle Master-Apprentice Indigenous language revitalization aims to build the capacity of fluent-speaking Elders and others (“masters”) and committed learners (“apprentices”) to work as language learning teams in hopes of keeping their endangered ancestral languages alive. P2WILRC, a grassroots all-volunteer community group based in the Parkland, was given a grant from Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Language Initiative to run the MAP pilot project. At the time of this interview, there are five funded Master-Apprentice Program (MAP) teams—three Michif, one Swampy Cree, and one Ojibwe who will work for upwards of 300 hours together by March 31, 2019.

Little Métis Sing With Me

Little Métis Sing With Me program is an exciting program with lots of wonderful resources for facilitators to share with parents and children: songs, rhymes, dance, Michif language, take home books, crafts, and guests.

Little Métis Sing With Me program is a parent-child program with three strands: Family literacy Essential skills Métis culture and history This is an exciting program with lots of wonderful resources for facilitators to share with parents and children: songs, rhymes, dance, Michif language, take home books, crafts, and guests. Little Métis Sing With Me Training Workshop A three-day workshop to train participants to run their own Little Métis Sing With Me programs. All participants receive a facilitator’s manual and all resources. Also included are a combination of dance, songs, rhymes, books, and activities to enhance the training and provide ready-made resources for the program. Registration fee is $125 per person or $2,500 for your group (max 20 participants). Please contact us for upcoming training dates and to find out how to apply for funding to set up this program in your community.

Aakoota-kaawaapaamittin: The Michif Language

A grassroots community organization focused on the revitalization of (Southern) Michif and other Indigenous languages spoken by the Métis and their kin.

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.

Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP)

SUNTEP is a teacher education program that focuses on Métis education and student success.

Janice Thompson is the Program Head for the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP). SUNTEP is a four-year, fully accredited Bachelor of Education program offered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Advanced Education, the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan. Prospective students can find campuses located in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and Regina. The education program is designed around Métis education, cultural revitalization, and language reclamation. The program’s foundations are centered around relationships, academic and personal supports, and land-based learning. Currently, SUNTEP is the only post-secondary academic program in the country that offers Michif as an approved language credit. Thompson believes that, like First Nations education, Métis education needs to be mandated by the province so that Métis history, identity, language, and culture are no longer an after-thought. Equality in education means that our education system must be inclusive of all Indigenous groups, Inuit, Métis, and First Nations, and be mandated by our provincial government.