Teaching Indigenous Languages

Indigenous UWinnipeg


In collaboration with the University of Winnipeg and the Indigenous Languages of Manitoba, Teaching Indigenous Languages program was developed to teach courses specific to Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and Ininimowin (Cree).

Through this pilot project, the partners will aim to strengthen education and employment training for Indigenous people and their participation in Canadian society, promote, strengthen and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures, and foster personal development for Indigenous language speakers, who will then be able to drive projects and training in their own communities and schools.

Graduates of this certificate program will be provided skills to teach Anishinaabemowin or Ininimowin to adult learners in a community program, including Indigenous Languages of Manitoba language classes, as well as other introductory courses.

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Program Details

The eight-week program includes 120 classroom hours that focus on Language theory and methodology, as well as 10 hours of observation in a classroom and 10 hours of supervised teaching in a classroom.

Course Components:

  1. Thinking About Theory: A Framework for Indigenous Language Instruction
  2. Understanding the Language Classroom Procedures for Effective Teaching
  3. Developing the Language System: Teaching Grammar, and Vocabulary and
  4. Developing the Language Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

Program Dates: May 3 to June 30, 2021 

Program Times: Mon to Thu 6:00 to 9:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Practicum Dates: July 5 to July 30, 2021 (10 hours of classroom teaching in community classes with Indigenous Languages of Manitoba)


Program Objectives

Among the objectives of the Teaching Indigenous Languages program is planning daily instruction that supports language and cultural revitalization using principles of second language acquisition and Indigenous pedagogy, development of teaching tools to support the personalized teaching methodologies, and developing lessons based on Indigenous knowledge, community and culture.

Participants in the program will teach and reflect on lessons, to create or modify assessment and measurement tools for listening and reading comprehension, speaking, and writing ability. In addition, participants will create a teaching unit or course that embodies best practices in second language acquisition, foster cross-cultural literacy, and develop students' identities, pride, self knowledge, and success as an adult learner.


Application and Registration

Those wishing to apply for the Teaching Indigenous Languages program are required to meet the following criteria and include the documents specified as part of the application package.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Fluent speaker in Ininimowin or Anishinaabemowin
  2. Interest in learning skills to teach community classes and introductory language classes
  3. Completed grade 12

Required Documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Copy of high school transcripts if available
  3. A one-page written explanation on why you would like to take the program and how it applies to your teaching goals