Westmount Community School is the home of two, full-day Michif early learning programs, Ma Taant sa Plaas (Pre-K) and Kindergarten.
Children ages 3, 4, and 5 will learn the Michif language and culture through play and exploration, storytelling, and songs with an increased focus on traditions, customs, and beliefs. These essential learning experiences are taught by Michif/Métis teachers and supported by Lii Vyeu (Old Peoples), language speakers, knowledge keepers, community, partners, and families.
Benefits of the programs:
- Language acquisition
- Increased academic success
- Strong cultural identity
- Stronger connections to community
The Ma Taant sa Plaas (Pre-K) program will run full days Monday to Thursday. Kindergarten will run full days Monday to Friday, with transportation available throughout the city.
These early learning pilot projects are two-year programs crediting annual funding from Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. The funding provides for Michif Language Keeper and teacher staffing, extending the school day for students, professional learning opportunities, and the creation and distribution of Métis/Michif resources.
Preference will be given to families and their children who self-identify as Métis/Michif. Family engagement is essential for the revitalization of the Michif language. The purpose of family engagement reflects the importance of the traditional role of Métis/Michif families in the development of a child's identity and learning.