Pjilita'q Mi'kmaw Language - Elementary



Welta'si – I am happy that I am able to share our Mi'kmaw Language with your children.  I have seen the language grow since I been here.  I hope the Mijua'ji'j (children) are using it at home.  I see the pride when they are speaking Mi'kmaq at school; please help me praise them in using our language.  I tell our children how important it is for them to learn and keep our language alive.  I let them know that it is their job to keep it alive because there is no other place on earth where you can hear our Mi'kmaw language.  Our language is a gift from the Creator so we need to treasure it.  Speaking one word a day is a great way to start.  Please help keep it going.  Together we can do this!

Nemut'es app!  See you again!
Mi'kmaw language teacher,
Tania Gould

Words of the month - Kesikewiku's/Kijiku's

December - the great month

Jijuejkl – jingle bells              

Welima'q – smells good

Welkaqnik – great times      

Mijuaji'jk – children

Wantaqitpa'q – Silent night Welatek – bright


Kwe' - hi

Nipi-Alasutmamk-Merry Christmas Aqq Puna'ne'wimk-Happy New Year!

It has been a busy year so far in the Mi'kmaw Class. We have gone a field trip to explore more about our history. Have done some arts and crafts.  We are very excited for the Christmas concert 2019. The children are very busy practicing their Mi'kmaw songs.  Winter is here; please dress your children with gloves and mitts.  

Wela’lin - thank you

Tania Gould-Mi'kmaw Teacher

Prayer for Love

Thank you Creator of the Universe for the gift of Life you have given me.

Thank you for giving me everything that I have ever needed.

Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind.

Thank you for living inside me with all your love and your pure and boundless spirit,

With your warm and radiating Light.

Thank you for using my words, for using my eyes,

for using my heart to share your love wherever I go.

I love you just the way you are and because I am your creation.

I love myself just the way I am.

Help me to keep the Love and the Peace in my Heart and to make that Love a new way of life,

that I may live in Love the rest of my life.



-       Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Sma’knisk – soldiers                      

Pusu’lewt – shake hands            

 Wela’lioq – Thank you all

Wasuekl – flowers                        

 Tu’e – go out                                  

 Li’e – go over there

Pasi – sit                               

 Lu’kwe - work

 Kwe' – Hi

Welta'sit – Happy 

The school year is going fast, it is already Keptekewiku's, and we will be getting ready for Christmas concert soon. I would to say Wela'lin to all our Sma'knis at this time for what they have done for us; given us freedom and peace.  Freedom and peace are wonderful gifts we received and the children bringing back the Mi'kmaq language is also wonderful gift.  I like to tell people that you will not hear this language anywhere else in the entire world.  The creator gave us this beautiful language and we need to preserve it, and be PROUD of it.  Speak Mi'kmaq! Speak Daily!

You can hear in the hallways in our school these days, it fills my heart with joy!  


Tania Gould, Mi'kmaq Teacher


L'nu - Aboriginal

Ni'n - me

Ki'l - you

Msit No'kmaq - All my relations

Ni'kmaq - my family

Mi'kmaq - our status

Lu'skinikn - bannock bread

Tupwanamu'k - brown

Skite'kmuj - ghost

Awokejejit – spider

Puowiniskw - witch

Nikjawiknejewamu'k - orange

Kwe'! – Hi!

Me'katu taleyin kiskuk? - How are you today?

Fall/toqwa'q is approaching fast and cooler weather is coming. Please dress for the weather. We have been busy practicing the Mi'kmaq words for weather. October is a very important month for us Mi'kmaq people, we celebrate Treaty day, hunting season opens and we also celebrate thank giving. I like the students to know they are Mi'kmaw and that they are proud of it. I like to share the following quote with them, 'I am Mi'kmaq, I am brown, and I am proud." Students love this quote, and for the light skin L’nu, I told them to say, “I am Mi'kmaq.  I am light skin, and I am proud.” Be proud to be Mi'kmaq.  Speak more Mi'kmaq, even if it is only one word a day. 


Tania Gould, Mi'kmaw Teacher.

September – Wikumkewiku’s
Weli-eksitpuk  - Good Morning
Wela’lin – Thank You
Weliaq – You’re Welcome
Juku’e – Come Here
Piskwa – Come inside
Toqwa – Fall
Aq Numultes – See you again.

Kwe’. Hi!

Ma’katu taleyin kiskuk?

How are you today?

I am very excited to be back again this school year. We have lots of great Mi’kmaw activities planned this year.  We will start with some basic conversational Mi’kmaw words.  And will learn the traditional dances and songs.  I am very pleased to be part of the LSK team of Indian Brook First Nation.  Come drop by anytime you like.  If you need to contact me, please call the school, or call me at 778-877-1149.

Wela’lin/Thank you,

Tania Gould

Mi’kmaw Teacher (P – 4) 


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