SA32 Learn an Indigenous Language   

SA32 Learn an Indigenous Language   

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Learn an Indigenous Language    SA32


  • Grade:       K-8
  • Date:          Nov. 13 -17, 2017.   (* This activity can be completed at any time)
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Students will learn about and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of Indigenous communities across Canada: First Nation, Métis, and Inuit languages and cultures.



  • Social Studies/Geography (Place and Location)
  • Literacy: Oral Language, Reading, Writing (Indigenous language skills)
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous Education (Indigenous People and Languages, Cultures)



This week’s challenge is to engage your students in a short inquiry into Canadian Indigenous languages. Learn about the Indigenous people of Canada from a variety of sources, and translate interesting and relevant words or sentences.

What do your students wants to learn? The alphabet? A friendly greeting? Names of local plants and animals?

Invite a local Indigenous speaker into your classroom to teach the class a few words, or check our website and Twitter stream for Indigenous language resources. Then record your students speaking their newly learned words, or have them draw pictures and label them with Indigenous words or sentences!

Submit pictures and student works using the hashtag #akgtcsa or email them to




This is just a starter collection of resources for learning to speak different Indigenous languages in Canada. Please let us know of others by emailing  – with thanks from all teachers and students across Canada.


Learning to speak different languages

FirstVoices  (available in both English and French) provides language information form over 50 community partners across B.C. Use the Choose a Language menu along the top to select a language



About Inuktitut information on the language of Inuit people, both syllabics and Roman orthography (Roman lettering)


My Cree App | Home – Tansi Nehiyawetan


Ojibway Language and People App – Ogoki Learning Inc.  (iOS devices)


Ojibway   (Google Play)


Georgian College – Ojibway resources


Our Mother Tongues – allow your students to hear Indigenous speakers in many

different languages. American, but good online media resources like sending a

free audio postcard!


Children’s Storybooks – Very innovative storybooks for children available in Maliseet, Mi’Kmaw, Ojibwe and Cree; they require the download of the AURASMA  app. (Please get in touch if you require help with the directions)



Background Information

Indigenous Languages in Canada, the Canadian Encyclopedia. Excellent information and further resource links


Indigenous Language Statistics: Infographic from Heritage Canada, 2017.


Native Languages by Say It First. Excellent information on Indigenous Language Revitalization and background information.


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