EAL Curriculum – Gawiin Bimikawesiwin: Assimilative Policies

MANSO and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg are pleased to share the Gawiin Bimikawesiwin: Assimilative Policies EAL (English as an Additional Language) Curriculum for adults.  The curriculum is for use in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) programs as well as more informal contexts like conversation classes and one-on-one tutoring. Gawiin bimikawesiwin means ‘she/he leaves no footprints’ in Anishinaabe. It speaks to the aim of successive governments to eradiate Indigenous peoples’ culture, traditions, languages, and ways of life.

LINC Curriculum Conversation Circles Student Worksheets The Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Who are the Indigenous Peoples in Canada?  These four PowerPoints for beginners (Foundations-CLB 2L), high beginners (CLB 3L-4L), intermediate (CLB 5-6) and advanced (CLB 7-8) learners are intended to be an introduction to students who are just beginning their Indigenous learning journey.

The Gawiin Bimikawesiwin: Assimilative Policies EAL Curriculum is part of the larger Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK) project which is being developed by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg in partnership with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, MANSO, Community Service Learning at the University of Manitoba, and KAIROS Canada in response to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #93

It is intended to provide newcomers with information on Indigenous history and culture, customs and beliefs, and the contemporary issues faced by Indigenous peoples.  Its goal is also to assist instructors and volunteers in supporting newcomers as they begin to explore the foundational history of Indigenous nations and their historical and contemporary contributions to the development of Canada. This exploration is centred around Canadian assimilative policies and practices and their resultant effects on Indigenous peoples.

Gawiin Bimikawesiwin: Assimilative Policies EAL Curriculum meets the following objectives:

  • Supports students from foundation literacy to CLB 7-8
  • Is aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks (2012)
  • Includes the requirements of Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
  • Contains content-based teaching materials that will be useful for informal language programs including conversation circles/classes or one-on-one tutoring

Although the curriculum was designed with a Manitoba-specific focus, we hope that it may also prove to be a useful resource for language programs in regions across Turtle Island.

**If you have used the curriculum in any way, either in a formal language classroom, a more informal language or settlement context, or in one-on-one tutoring, we would greatly appreciate it if you would share your input in the Teacher Feedback Form below.

Teacher Feedback Form

If you have questions or comments about the curriculum, please feel free to contact Immigration Partnership Winnipeg at info@lipw.ca