Indigenous Languages in Education approves new proposals from Northland School Division

PEACE RIVER — Northland School Division in partnership with the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council Education Authority have announced that two proposals have been approved by the Indigenous Languages in Education grant program.

The ILE grant program provides one time funding to support Indigenous language and culture programs in early childhood education, and from Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12. The grant provides supports in two main initiatives, which are teacher/instructor development along with resource development.

The first proposal will see the Northland School Division and KTCEA Cree and Dene language instructors create regionally specific teacher kits, while the second proposal is said to be going towards creating new resources.

According to Lorraine Cardinal-Roy, who serves as Director of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learner Success, the project will involve creating sets of wooden blocks for each school that colourfully illustrate relevant images, syllabic symbols and corresponding sounds. She also adds that through support from the Alberta government, they will enhance their localization of language instruction materials.

Northland School Division also notes that the ILE program not only supports the two resource projects, but it also strengthens the NSD’s focus on being a leader for Indigenous education excellence.

–Alex Rodgerson, Trending 55 News