Mi'kmaw Language Gr. 3-6 Ms. Valerie Bernard

Kepmite'tmnej ta'n teli-l'nuulti'kw 
Let us greatly respect our Nativeness

Nikma'jtut mawita'nej 
My people let us gather

Kepmite'tmnej ta'n wetapeksulti'kw 
Let us greatly respect our historical roots

Nikma'jtut apoqnmatultinej 
My people, let us help one another

Apoqnmatultinej ta'n Kisu'lkw 
Let us help one another according to the Creator's

Tel-ika'luksi'kw ula wskitqamu'k 
intention for putting us on this planet

Performed by Sentanneway Kengnamogwom Native Choir, 
Conne River, Newfoundland. 
Directed by Brenda Jeddore

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Eia hei yo 
Weio hei hai ya 


Ta ho 
(affirmative exclamation) 

We have been busy learning and reviewing the mi'kmaq alphabet, days of the week, greetings, where I live, how old are you?, months, colours, numbers etc. We will be focusing a lot on music this year, for example bringing back the honour song, drumming and other music that is available on Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk. This is a great place for kids to go and review the songs we have learned, everything that is being taught in class can be reviewed on First Nation Help Desk. Right now we are conecntrating on songs for the Christmas daddy. 


PLFN will be hosting a Mawi'omi on October 22, 2014 at 1:00pm. Parents and or guardians are invited to attend. On that day we will be having a traditional feast of moose stew, 4 cents, luski, salmon, and hopefully moose saucages. Donald Francis will be setting up a Tipee outside the school grounds. We will have Haley Bernard and John Christmas as our traditional dancers and the students are invited to bring their regalia and dance. See you there.

A few students did a presentation in front of a Humans Rights meeting with Chief Andrea Paul. They sang O'Kanata and they read Wiklatmu'j. 

11 consonants:

p (p or b)

t (t or d)

k (k or g)

j (j)

l (l)

m (m)

n (n)

q (q-like your about to spit)

s (s)

w (wuh)

y (yah)

schwa (looks like an i with a strick across the i and sounds like you are pulling something)

5 short vowel:

a (ah)

e (eh)

i (long sounding ee)

o (oo with a line going across the oo)

u (u)

5 long vowes:

a' (ahh)

e' (a with long a)

i' (long sound ee)

o' (long sounding oo)

u' (long sounding uu)

All the words that have ( ) is to show you how each letter is pronounced.

  1. ne'wt
  2. ta'pu
  3. si'st
  4. ne'w
  5. na'n
  6. asukom            a/suk/om
  7. luiknek             lui/kn/ek
  8. ukumuljin         uku/mul/jin
  9. pesqunatek       pes/qun/a/tek
  10. newtiska'q         new/tisk/a'q

We are going to back to school with numbers literally, so please if you can practice with your childern. The numbers from 6 to 10 are seperated with a / to help with pronunciation. If they get really good counting from 1-10 get them to count from 10-1.

I am going to be doing my job a little different this year. I will be conducting school activities in the mornings for the entire school and keep my Mi'kmaq classes in the afternoon. Music is on Thursday, at this time we will be concentrating more on Mi'kmaq music. I have shared a few links to songs we will be learning during the year and a few just to share.



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