Askii Akawa Asotamaatowin: Land and Treaties EAL Curriculum

MANSO and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg are pleased to share the Askii Akawa Asotamaatowin*: Land and Treaties 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.

* ‘Askii’ means land in Cree, ‘Asotamaatowin’ means Treaty.  The word for ‘Treaty’ in Cree is ‘promises’ 

LINC Curriculum Conversation Class/Circle Resources Student Worksheets The Indigenous Peoples in Canada Teacher Feedback Form

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.

This 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

The Askii Akawa Asotamaatowin: Land and Treaties EAL curriculum is intended to assist teachers and volunteers in introducing newcomers to the foundational history of Indigenous nations and their historical and contemporary contributions to the development of Canada. The exploration is centred on First Nations’ and Metis peoples’ perspectives on land and Treaties. When combined with leadership, teaching, and self exploration, the activities are intended to support personal growth and solidarity, and help newcomers contribute to community reconciliation efforts.

Askii Akawa Asotamaatowin: Land and Treaties EAL Curriculum meets the following objectives:

  • Supports students from foundation literacy to CLB 7-8
  • Is aligned to 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 if you would share your input in the Teacher Feedback Form above.

If you have questions or comments about the language aspect of the curriculum, please feel free to contact Teresa Burke, Director of Language Support (MANSO) at t.burke@mansomanitoba.ca.

If you have questions or comments about the content of the curriculum, please feel free to contact Adrianne Breyfogle, the IOTK Project Coordinator at Immigration Partnership Winnipeg at abreyfogle@spcw.mb.ca