Mi'kmaq Language 5-9

Sap collection and preparation.

Students from Grades 5 to 9 participated in making maple syrup and are in the process of having a feast for the Harvest Moon during Maple Sap time.

For the month of April we will begin preparations for Easter, Spring, Part of the body. For outdoor education we will begin preparations for Ji'kaw (Bass).

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During the months of January and February Junior High Mi'kmaw students will be participating in Outdoor Education activities.

We will be working on the following activities:
Outdoor Ice surface (weather permitting)
Trapping Unit (Rabbit snares)
Making a fire & Boiling the Kettle (New activity)

This past week our Grade 6 class caught a rabbit in their snares! Special thanks to Kelly Oliver for grasping the learning opportunity to share with our students about cleaning the rabbit. Jon Michael did a Rabbit Skinning presentation for our students. The students decided to gift the rabbit to our elder Mary Lou Bernard. The next day, elder Mary Lou, teacher Carol Howe and EA Norma Paul made a rabbit stew with traditional 4 cents. The grade 6 class had a feast in the kitchen.

Greg Marr & Mary Lou Bernard

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“The Mi’kmaq soldiers are forever in peace, for as long as we live, so be it”
Poppy, Poppy
Poppy, what do you say?
Wasuekji’j, koqwey talimiek?
Wear me on Remembrance Day
Naskuwitesk Mikwitetimkewey Nakwek
Poppy, what do you tell me?
Waseukji’j, koqwey telimn?
Many soldiers in battle fell
Pukwelk smaknisk matntultimk neputipnik
Poppy, what shall you teach us?
Wasuekji’j koqwey kekinamuiek?
That peace on earth should grow
Na wantaqo’ti uksitqamuk nikwetew.

In Recognition of Nitap Day and Outdoor Education:

This week, students in Grades 5 & 6 participated in a tree planting session for Mi'kmaq Language and Outdoor education.

We also want to recognize National Forestry Week. Sara O'Neil from the Department of Natural Resources donated 24 seedlings to recognize National Forestry Week. Matt Nelson was able to supply tree planting tools on short notice to help make this possible.

On behalf of Grade 5 and Grade 6 Mi'kmaq Language classes, thank you!

Junior High Mi’kmaq Language Report

As is the case for many First Nations throughout North America, the Mi’kmaq are living in an era of resurgence of interest in their language, culture, history, traditions, values and worldview. In addition, there is increasing interest by non-Mi’kmaq speakers toward the contributions of the Mi’kmaq in Atlantic Canada, and, indeed, all of Canada.

There are two critical problems facing the Mi’kmaq today:

1). There is the danger of the extinction of their language that, in turn, influences the extinction of traditional knowledge through Mi’kmaw culture, history, traditions, values and worldview. In the last half of the 20th century;

2). There has been a decline in the number of people who speak the Mi’kmaw language, due in part to the determination by successive Federal Governments to engage in a forced assimilation of the First Nations peoples into the “mainstream” society through many actions now perceived as wrong (for example, Residential schools), the prevalence of the English language, both in North America and throughout the world, has greatly influenced the erosion and diminishment of Mi’kmaw almost to the point of extinction.

(Mi’kmaq Language Curriculum, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI)

Here at LSK, one of our main objectives for the Mi’kmaq Language Program will be to encourage our students to speak more Mi’kmaq in school, at home and within the community. 

As a result of the coronavirus (covid-19), Mi’kmaq Language classes will look a bit different than previous years. Our classes will be held in your homeroom classes. 

This year, we will be planning activities on a monthly theme basis according to the month and season. Students will continue learning Basic Mi’kmaq Conversations, colors, numbers, days of the week, months, vowels and consonants, Mi’kmaq history and culture. We will also be focusing on the importance of Treaty Education and the history of Sipekne’katik. Our students will also be participating in Outdoor Education/Land Based Learning/Project Based Learning that will focus on a Mi’kmaq way of life. We will also be presenting several workshops and elder teachings. Parents are encouraged to visit the school and participate in revitalizing the Mi’kmaq Culture and Language throughout the year.

Month of the Year: May – Etqulijuiku’s (Frog Croaking Time) Theme: May Flowers, Picking Fiddleheads, Bass Fishing Time Dear Students,

Usually during this time of the year, we hear the frogs croaking (Etqulijuiku’s), the birds singing and Ji’kaw (Bass) are just leaving Grand Lake and making their way up the Shubenacadie and Stewiacke Waterways. These rivers are the spawning grounds for the sea bass.

Around this time of the year, we are busy preparing our fishing rods, ordering sea worms, connecting with various organizations to plan for our yearly Outdoor Education Activity “Sea Bass Fishing.” But due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the shutdown of LSK, our school may not be able to participate in this activity. Furthermore, we may not be able to participate in the activities planned for picking Mayflowers and Fiddleheads. However, on a positive note, someone in your home may have some knowledge or stories about picking Mayflowers and Fiddleheads. If you know someone in your family that knows how and where to pick Mayflowers or Fiddleheads, I encourage you to reach out to them for guidance.

In the meantime, our school will continue reaching out to you through online lessons. The planning day for Mi’kmaq language will be on Friday’s. I will have a new lesson planned for you to complete work and email, or fill in on Google Docs. We will also be planning a Google hangout where students can come join us and share your stories and activities.

Please do take the time to complete your online work and connect with us on the scheduled Google Hangout. I look forward to connecting with you all.

Greg Marr


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