Pjilita'q Mi'kmaw Language - Elementary

Kwe'/ Hello

Me' Ketu talenyin Kiskuk? How are you today?

October is Mi'kmaw history month! We need to be proud that we are still here! Thanks to our ancestors, for being strong.  Speaking the language is a struggle, even for me, however I keep trying everyday to speak more. An elder  once told me that there are one million English words, but there are 5x times more Mi'kmaw words. Just imagine that!  Be proud to be Mi'kmaw! Speak a word a day!

Wela'lin, Tania Gould 

Toqwa'q - fall
Na'n - Five
jikjawiknejewamu'k - orange
tupkwanamu'k - brown
Si'stewey - Wednesday
Skite'kmuj - Ghost
wen'ju'su'n - apple 
wi'katikn - book
wjit -for
wju'sn - wind
wijiaqmiji - his/her soul
ketuksimk - to be sleepy
kilu'nu - our food
espite'tk - it is high

Wikumewiku’s – Moose calling moon – majotukuiku’s
N'in - me
K'il - you
Nemik - I see
Ne'wt - one
Ne'w - four
Mijisi - I am eating
Mijisin - Are you eating?
Nkij - My mother
Nutj - my father
Nikmaq -my family
Plamu - salmon
Peju - cod
Nme'j - fish
Waisisk – animals
Tiam – moose


Pjila'si (welcome) to another school year. I am very excited to be back in my regular classroom. This year I will be focusing on the reading and writing part of Mi'kmaw Language, teaching grades 2 to 6.  I am very excited for this new change. we have many teachers in our school who are helping bring back the language. I would like to welcome our new language warrior, Eleanor Michael. 

Many important dates will be coming up soon, orange shirt Sept 30, which is a new holiday for most of Canada, then we have Treaty Day, October 1st.  I wish everyone a exciting and happy first day back. Keep it safe and keep clean.

Wela’lin/Thank you,
Tania Gould
Mi’kmaw Teacher (P – 4) 


Me’tal-wueyin? / How are you?

We have made it to another school year, great job everyone. It was a little different this year, however, it was done. I left many apps application with children to use over the summer to practice their Mi’kmaw language.  Such apps such as Kstitajein, very children friendly, and more advance speakers could use the L’nui’suti one. The firstnationhelpdesk.com and Ktapekiaqnn are apps that ages can use, both children and adults. Have a safe and fun summer; see you all in September 

Like to wish a very happy graduation to all our 2021 grads.  Great job!  Best wishes to your future dreams.

Kwe’! Mise’l here and I have been working with K4 to grade 4 in Mi’kmaq Language. Practicing our Honor Song daily and even making up our own song. The Grade One’s have created a song, including Sign Language for the animals named within it.

As we have moved to online learning, I am finding a lot of joy seeing my students in their home environments. We will be focusing on growing our Mi’kmaq vocabulary with such items as: Locations, Household Articles, Animals, Weather, Food, Elements and Parts of Our Bodies.

I will continue to Smudge for all of us at LSK and our community of Sipekne’katik. We are an amazing group of humans who care for everyone. Let’s continue to do our part, wearing our masks, washing our hands, and socially distancing!

Wela’lin aqq Kesalul
Miss Elle, Mise’l (They/Them)

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Sikewiku's (March) – spawning moon
Si'stewey - Wednesday
Mntmu - oysters
Klamukisis - Uncle
Tukwiet - Waking  up
Jipasi - Scared 
Te'sik - Amount of
We'kaw - By the time
Suliewey - silver
Musqunamu'k - blue
Ta'pu - two
Malsano'kuom - store
Alipqomink - to skate
Kmis - older sister
Knekk - far
Kne'ji'jk - In a little while.

Hello everyone! It is time again for another update on school activities. Here goes: 

Math 11 Essentials - So far this semester we have been focussing on what investments are and how to appropriately plan investments that matter to you. We are discussing pension planning, GICs, mutual funds, and how the stock market affects prices. We looked at methods of data collection before this. Our next topic will be home finance and mortgage.
Math 11 At Work - So far this semester we have been focussing on calculating surface area of prisms. We are still engaged in this at the moment. We also have taken a look at converting Metric units to Imperial and vice versa.
Visual Art 12 - Students have been partaking in a number of drawing exercises, focussing on simple pencil drawings first. So far student work has been coming along very well. In the near future other styles of art will be studied including paint, design, and pottery. 
Keep up the good work everyone!

Kesaltimkewey Na’kwek
Happy Valentine’s Day.

Kwe’- Hello

Me’katu taeyin kiskuk?
How are you today?

Wishing everyone love and joy! Spread the love as much as you can. Winter is almost over, maybe? February and March can bring storms and blizzards. We will see!

The end of January, when the moon turned full, and last month is it was full on the 28th, our Mi'kmaw people fed the winter spirit... Apuknajit Esmut aqq Etamut (Feed and Give).  This important month and tradition has been lost so we need to bring it back.  Some people make an offering on February 1st.  I just believe we need to feed him this month, which is usually the coldest month.  I will be conducting lessons about this event during class and teaching the importance of this tradition and not to fear, but celebrate the hardest and coldest month of the year. 


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