December 2021 Note…

Beaded Christmas Ornament

For the Month of December, students in Junior High Mi’kmaw will be doing project-based learning to help meet outcomes for Mi’kmaw Language. These two projects are: Beaded Christmas ornaments or beaded eagle feathers and Christmas Wreaths.


GCO1: Students will be expected to express themselves with respect in the Mi’kmaw language to communicate ideas, information, feelings and experiences.

GCO4: Students will be expected to express their understanding of Mi’kmaw history, culture, traditions, values and worldview and articulate, appreciate and practise ways these are rooted in language.

Specific Curriculum Outcome:

  • 6.4.1 demonstrate respectful listening behaviours
  • 6.4.2 respond with confidence using Mi’kmaw protocol
  • 6.4.3 develop an understanding of the importance of language in Mi’kmaw protocol
  • 6.4.4 participate in traditional Mi’kmaw activities

September 2021 Note…

Welcome back to school at LSK. This year we are back in the Mi’kmaw Language classroom (Grade 10 HR) right beside the Grade 9 room. This year, I will be teaching Mi’kmaw 7, 8, 9, and Grade 8 Health. I will be doing some Outdoor/Leadership activities with students. For the second semester, I will also be teaching some Family Studies. In closing, I look forward to seeing you all back in the classroom!

Greg Marr and Mary Lou

April 2021 Note…

emptying the sap bucket

Students from Grades 5 to 9 participated in making maple syrup and are in the process of having a feast for the Harvest Moon during Maple Sap time.

For the month of April we will begin preparations for Easter, Spring, Part of the body. For outdoor education we will begin preparations for Ji’kaw (Bass).

February 2021 Note…Grd

Grade 6 checking their snares

During the months of January and February Junior High Mi’kmaw students will be participating in Outdoor Education activities.

We will be working on the following activities:
Outdoor Ice surface (weather permitting)
Trapping Unit (Rabbit snares)
Making a fire & Boiling the Kettle (New activity)

This past week our Grade 6 class caught a rabbit in their snares! Special thanks to Kelly Oliver for grasping the learning opportunity to share with our students about cleaning the rabbit. Jon Michael did a Rabbit Skinning presentation for our students. The students decided to gift the rabbit to our elder Mary Lou Bernard. The next day, elder Mary Lou, teacher Carol Howe and EA Norma Paul made a rabbit stew with traditional 4 cents. The grade 6 class had a feast in the kitchen.

Greg Marr & Mary Lou Bernard

November 2020 Note…

L'nuk Sma'knisk

“The Mi’kmaq soldiers are forever in peace, for as long as we live, so be it”
Poppy, Poppy
Poppy, what do you say?
Wasuekji’j, koqwey talimiek?
Wear me on Remembrance Day
Naskuwitesk Mikwitetimkewey Nakwek
Poppy, what do you tell me?
Waseukji’j, koqwey telimn?
Many soldiers in battle fell
Pukwelk smaknisk matntultimk neputipnik
Poppy, what shall you teach us?
Wasuekji’j koqwey kekinamuiek?
That peace on earth should grow
Na wantaqo’ti uksitqamuk nikwetew.

October 2020 Note…

Seedling Planting

In Recognition of Nitap Day and Outdoor Education:

This week, students in Grades 5 & 6 participated in a tree planting session for Mi’kmaq Language and Outdoor education.

We also want to recognize National Forestry Week. Sara O’Neil from the Department of Natural Resources donated 24 seedlings to recognize National Forestry Week. Matt Nelson was able to supply tree planting tools on short notice to help make this possible.

On behalf of Grade 5 and Grade 6 Mi’kmaq Language classes, thank you!

September 2020 Note…

Junior High Mi’kmaq Language Report

As is the case for many First Nations throughout North America, the Mi’kmaq are living in an era of resurgence of interest in their language, culture, history, traditions, values and worldview. In addition, there is increasing interest by non-Mi’kmaq speakers toward the contributions of the Mi’kmaq in Atlantic Canada, and, indeed, all of Canada.

There are two critical problems facing the Mi’kmaq today:

1). There is the danger of the extinction of their language that, in turn, influences the extinction of traditional knowledge through Mi’kmaw culture, history, traditions, values and worldview. In the last half of the 20th century;

2). There has been a decline in the number of people who speak the Mi’kmaw language, due in part to the determination by successive Federal Governments to engage in a forced assimilation of the First Nations peoples into the “mainstream” society through many actions now perceived as wrong (for example, Residential schools), the prevalence of the English language, both in North America and throughout the world, has greatly influenced the erosion and diminishment of Mi’kmaw almost to the point of extinction.

(Mi’kmaq Language Curriculum, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI)

Here at LSK, one of our main objectives for the Mi’kmaq Language Program will be to encourage our students to speak more Mi’kmaq in school, at home and within the community. 

As a result of the coronavirus (covid-19), Mi’kmaq Language classes will look a bit different than previous years. Our classes will be held in your homeroom classes. 

This year, we will be planning activities on a monthly theme basis according to the month and season. Students will continue learning Basic Mi’kmaq Conversations, colors, numbers, days of the week, months, vowels and consonants, Mi’kmaq history and culture. We will also be focusing on the importance of Treaty Education and the history of Sipekne’katik. Our students will also be participating in Outdoor Education/Land Based Learning/Project Based Learning that will focus on a Mi’kmaq way of life. We will also be presenting several workshops and elder teachings. Parents are encouraged to visit the school and participate in revitalizing the Mi’kmaq Culture and Language throughout the year.