Mi'kmaq Language 7-12

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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Here is a condensed version of GCO and SCO's for Mi'kmaq Language.

We need to learn about Birch Bark collecting. Elder visits & Mikmawey Debert.

Theme: St. Patrick’s Day, Ta’s ajiet?

Season: Winter to Spring

Basic Mi’kmaq Conversation: Utensils (Fork, spoon, knife)

Month: Si’ko’ku’s – Melting of Snow

Colors: Green

Numbers: review 1-50.

Treaty Education: We may do a study/review of the 1752 Treaty as it pertains to hunting and fishing.

Outdoor Ed/Land Based Learning: continue Rabbit Snaring, Ice Fishing and begin preparations for Tree Tapping Unit.

Junior High Mi’kmaq

Month: February – Apuknajit “Snow Blinding Month 

Theme: Feed the Moon “Esmut Tepkunasit” 

For the month of February, we are going to talk about “Feeding the moon” and why this is sacred to the Mi’kmaq people.

Activities: Ice Skating (Alipqomimk), mkumi - ice

Feeding the Moon teachings

Winter Clothing

Snow Shoes

Outdoor Education: Ice Fishing & Rabbit Snaring

We are looking forward to planning an outdoor education session Ice Fishing & Eel Spearing with Kerry Prosper. We will also invite Brandon Maloney into class to talk about trapping and snaring.

Month: January – Punamujuiku’s – Tommy Cod Spawning Month

Season: Kesik – Winter

Theme: Winter Activities

Winter Clothing

Outdoor Education: Ice Skating, Rabbit Snaring & Ice Fishing

For the month of January, we are going to continue our focus on Mi’kmaq activities for January. ‘Punamu’ when translated is a Tommy Cod. Some of the activities planned for January/February will be Rabbit snaring and Ice Fishing. Students should dress for the weather ‘Paskuta’sin’.

The outdoor rink is just about ready for skating. We are in the process of fixing a few of the bumps. Mkumi is ice. Alipqomi is ice skating. In the coming days, we will be organizing a schedule for the outdoor rink during school hours. Remember NO Helmet – NO ice time. At times, we will be needing volunteers to help clear and water the ice.

For Mi’kmaq class, the Grade 9 class has been working on building a traditional Mi’kmaq sweat lodge. This lodge will be available for the winter and will be re-built in the spring along the new LSK Cultural trail.

Junior High students will also be working on Basic Mi’kmaq Conversation Table and Food, Christmas beaded decorations, Fir Christmas Wreaths and playing Waltes.

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.

For the Month of October students in Junior High Mi’kmaq will be celebrating Mi’kmaq History Month. Our classes will focus on following areas:

Themes:

Mi’kmaq History Month / Thanksgiving Day /Orange Shirt Day & Indian Residential School

Halloween

Season: Toqwa’q

Basic Mi’kmaq Conversation: 

Personal Pronouns – Ni’n (I, me), Ki’l (you) , Nekm (Him/her – no gender), 

Ninen (we, us – 2 or more people – exclusive pronoun)

Kinu (we, us – 2 more people including you – inclusive pronoun)

Kilew (you – 2 or more people)

Nekmow (They – 2 or more people)

Colors: Brown and Orange

Numbers: 21 – 30

Days of the Week: Ta’puewey

Month: Wikewiku’s – Animal Fattening time

Treaty Education: What is a treaty? Treaty of 1752

Outdoor Ed/Land Based Learning: Flag Root Picking, Sweat Lodge construction

Project Based Learning: Luskinikn, Fry Bread and Taco, Orange Shirt Day Beaded pins,

Seven Sacred Teachings: Respect: is given to others without the expectation that it will be given back, respect is the act of respecting someone in the face of their rage, bitterness, callousness, and unjust behavior, and respect is showing respect when they are respectful of you when you are at your worst. Respect is honoring their healthy beliefs even if yours are different, and it is acknowledging their right to freewill and thereby choice to be right or wrong, healthy or unhealthy, respect is also being so for your own self. 

 

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