Kichi-Asotamatowin: Land & Treaties EAL Curriculum

MANSO and Immigration Partnership Winnipeg are pleased to announce the launch of the Kichi-Asotamatowin*: Land & Treaties 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.

* ‘sacred promises to one another, sacred undertaking’ (there is no direct translation for the English word ‘Treaty’ in Cree)

LINC Curriculum Conversation Class/Circle Resources Student Worksheets

Coming soon:

Who are the Indigenous Peoples of Canada? (this PowerPoint separated into beginner, intermediate, and advanced English, will be available for use at the end of October and is intended to be an introduction to students who are just beginning their Indigenous learning journey)

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #93, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg and its partners are developing a larger project, called the Indigenous Orientation Toolkit (IOTK).  This English as an Additional Language curriculum is one part of that project and its goal is to provide newcomers with information on Indigenous history and culture, customs and beliefs, and contemporary issues faced by Indigenous peoples.

The curriculum is intended to assist teachers 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.

The Kichi-Asotamatowin: Land & 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 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 Jamie Banias, or Adrianne Breyfogle, the Indigenous Engagement Coordinators at Immigration Partnership Winnipeg at jbanias@spcw.mb.ca or abreyfogle@spcw.mb.ca