The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program is a bilingual/bicultural program and a joint project of the Okicīyapi Partnership involving the Saskatoon Tribal Council, Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated and Saskatoon Public Schools. The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program started in the fall of 2005 at Confederation Park Community School. The program currently offers prekindergarten to Grade 5 programming. Transportation is provided.
Teachers are trained in the Dr. Grey Morning Second Language Acquisition Model and use this as their primary method of instruction. This methodology relies on images and immersion to teach.
Cultural teachings are an integral part of the program. Students attend feasts, ceremonies, powwows and round dances. The students are learning appropriate cultural protocols with the assistance of Linda Young, Traditional Knowledge Keeper: Cree Language and Culture Program, and Mr. Wally Awasis, Cultural Teacher.
For more information, download the program brochure or contact the school.
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