Cree Language and Culture
CREE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
The Nehiyaw Pimatisiwin Cree Language and Culture Program provides students with an opportunity to learn and use language in meaningful and purposeful ways. The program explores language as a primary means by which cultural information is transmitted; culture influences linguistic form and content. Students participate in ceremonies which provide valuable insights and teachings about
the interconnectedness of all things which gives balance to life; living in harmony with oneself, others and the global community.
Students receive instructions as prescribed by Alberta Education. In addition, the delivery of subject-area content, language instruction and cultural information occurs concurrently, promoting effective language acquisition. As well, the achievement in the skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing contributes to the development of effective global citizenship.
The Cree Language and Culture Program is offered in five schools throughout Edmonton Catholic School District.
The Cree language has the largest speaker population of all of Canada’s First Nations languages with an estimated 117,000 speakers, including dialect groups ranging from Quebec to northeastern British Columbia and into the Northwest Territories. In Saskatchewan, Cree ranks second only to English as the most commonly spoken language of the home.
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