The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program is a bilingual learning strategy that focuses on creating a language- and culture-rich classroom environment in order for students to learn conversational Cree in the "Y" dialect.
This unique language and culture program is for any student wishing to learn the Cree language. The program uses the Alberta Cree Language and Culture curriculum. The program also teaches the English language. Cultural activities are an important part of the program and will include such activities as attending feasts, smudges and powwows, learning appropriate protocol with Elders and traveling to events to listen to stories or learn traditional games with the assistance of Linda Young, Traditional Knowledge Keeper, and Wally Awasis, Cultural Teacher.
The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program began in the fall of 2005 at Confederation Park Community School and is offered from prekindergarten to Grade 8. It is a joint project sponsored by the partnership between Saskatoon Public Schools, the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc.
Registration forms are available at any Saskatoon Public elementary school and must be returned to Confederation Park Community School.
- A bicultural/bilingual program
- Open to prekindergarten to Grade 5 students
- Accepting applications for Grades 6-8
- Teaches the Cree Language in the Y dialect
- Students from across Saskatoon are welcome
- Transportation is provided
For more information, download the program brochure or contact the school.
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