The Renewed Heartbeat of Kapawe’no First Nation: A Month of Reconnection through Nêhiyawêwin

September 30, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – Leading the way in Nehiyawak Learning September – Onocihitopisim Mating month – Rutting Moon 2023 has been a transformative month for Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School, driven by the ambition of achieving Nêhiyawêwin immersion.

Each school day began virtually at 8:45 a.m., as guided by our morning agenda. The schools gather online for the Drum Song by Muskwak Juniors and arm Cory Cardinal Jr followed by Waniska and
Kâkîsimowin, an Opening Prayer in Nehiyawewin. The virtual session includes sacred numbers and places, Kihcitwaw Kisnawmakiwinah ekwa Wiyasiwiwinah (sacred grandmother / grandfather teachings) culminating at 9:15 a.m.

Transitioning to in-person learning, the Nêhiyawêwin Circle takes the center stage. Here, students, teachers, and keepers dove deep into conversational Nêhiyawêwin. With special attention on immersion, the in-person circle allowed for focused language exercises tailored for all grades, in line with our Nêhiyawêwin Roadmap.

The Priority Areas of the roadmap were continuously addressed, including the launch of a digital and in person Nêhiyawêwin immersion program. Storytelling sessions featured ancestral songs and stories, and children even created story books in the language.

As the month ended, the school came together to celebrate those who had contributed to the roadmap’s success with Muskwak monthly awards. The monthly ceremony will be held to honor the dedication of our students along with our keepers, thanking them for their guidance and teachings. This initiative, merging virtual, in-person and LAWF teachings, is not just a milestone but a stepping stone for what lies ahead in the vibrant life of Nêhiyawêwin for generations to come.

Last modified: October 2, 2023

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