Kapawe’no Nehiyawak School preserves Culture and Knowledge through Nêhiyawêwin

September 6, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – In the heart of our vibrant Nehiyawak Nation on Turtle Island, proudly stands a beacon of culture and heritage – Kapawe’no Nehiyawak School. More than an institution of learning, it is a sacred place for our Nehiyawak way and Nehiyawewin, a treasure held dear by our entire Nation.
For countless generations, the Nehiyawak have passed down the rich tapestry of the language, stories, and traditions, nurturing a profound connection to the land and the wisdom of our ancestors. This cherished legacy is safeguarded by the dedicated elders, knowledge keepers, and educators of Kapawe’no Nehiyawak School.

“Our Cree language, Nehiyawewin, holds a special and place within our school for a multitude of meaningful reasons,” articulates the Knowledge Keepers/Elders Council, esteemed pillars of the Kapawe’no First Nation committed to imparting wisdom to the younger generation. Their voices resonate with the weight of history and the warmth of tradition.

The school stands as a living testament to the enduring spirit of the Nêhiyawak. Our walls are adorned with symbols of resilience, courage, and a deep love for Mother Earth. Here, students don’t merely glean knowledge from textbooks; they learn from the very earth beneath their feet, the waters that flow through our territory, and the wisdom passed down through generations.

Within the hallowed halls of Kapawe’no Nehiyawak School, each day begins with a warm greeting in Nehiyawewin. Students exchange smiles, words, and laughter in their cherished Nêhiyawêwin. It’s more than communication; it’s a lifeline to their culture, their history, and their identity.

Educators understand that language is the key to unlocking a profound understanding of culture. Through storytelling, students embark on a journey to explore the intricate tapestry of their heritage. Our Knowledge Keepers walk alongside us, sharing life stories, laughter, and their invaluable wisdom. This intergenerational connection fortifies the sense of Nation that has always beat at the heart of the Nêhiyawak.

“Our school is teaching and learning our language while preserving our Nêhiyawak way of life,” emphasizes Hereditary Chief Sydney Halcrow. “It’s truly remarkable how we elevate Nehiyawewin as a central pillar of our daily learning experience, seamlessly integrating it with English to empower our students’ self-discovery. This knowledge, ever-increasing, lights the path for our youth and Nation members.”

Last modified: September 8, 2023

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