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Elder Donna Augustine speaking on Powwows Before viewing the video, try and answer these questions:

  1. What is the purpose of a Pow wow?
  2. What is the difference between a traditional and a competition powwow?
  3. What is the difference between a costume and regalia?
  4. What is the Grand Entry?
  5. Why do Grass Dancers dance before the Grand Entry?
  6. What is the purpose of a sacred fire?
  7. Who is allowed to attend a powwow?

Watch the video and then revisit the questions and add or modify your answers.

Posted: June 8, 2020

Nipniku's  May 08, 2020

This week, Elder Donna Augustine speaks about Powwows. She shares with us how they are an important part of her Mi’kmaq culture and other First Nation cultures. She teaches us to respect the dancers and their regalia. Elder Donna also lets us know that everyone, Indigenous and nonIndigenous are invited and welcomed to share in the beauty, fun and kindness of Powwows. There are many Powwows held throughout Turtle Island. Have you ever been to one? During past school years the students in ASD-N participated in a Powwow; these were called Mawiomis. What do you remember about those Powwows? Watch the video to hear Elder Donna speak and learn more about the traditions of Powwow.

In the video we hear Elder Donna share with us some important facts about Powwows and the representation of certain dances and why things are done in a specific way. She wants us to remember that the dancers dress in regalia, this is a specific type of traditional clothing and not a costume because it represents who the Indigenous people truly are. She tells us about the Grand Entry and how they have specific songs to honour the flags, the veteran and the different dancers. We learn from her that Grass Dancers are the first ones on the grounds to make sure that the area is safe for all dancers. The reason Men’s Traditional dancers go out first during Grand Entry is because they represent the hunters and Jingle Dress dancers are medicine and they do a healing dance for those in need. The one thing that connects people throughout all different cultures in the world is the drum beat and dance. Using appropriate sources, research and learn more about Powwows or the culture of your own family or another culture that interest you. Learn about the different types of dancing and what they represent. Share some interesting facts you learned with your family, friends and us at ASD-N.

Posted: June 8, 2020

Some Important Facts about Pow wows

Nipniku's  May 08, 2020

Watch the video of Donna Augustine.  She talks about the importance of powwows and dances.

Posted: June 3, 2020

Four Sacred Medicines

This week we learn about the four sacred medicines; sweetgrass, cedar, tobacco and sage. Each medicine was a gift from the Creator. These medicines are there to help us to be our best self: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
There are many ways in which Indigenous people use these sacred medicines throughout Turtle Island; whether it is in ceremony, giving thanks or gifting them to a special person in your life.
Watch the video to hear Mi’kmaq Elder Donna Augustine speaking on the Four Sacred Medicines.

Posted: June 2, 2020

Kitchen Vocabulary in Mi'kmaq

Ta'puewey, Tuesday, Nipniku's - June 02, 2020.

Listen to the words on the video that you might hear in the kitchen area of your house and repeat the sentences with a focus on fluency.  Remember the more you hear and say the words the better you will be in speaking them. 

Etquljewiku's - May 28, 2020

Getting to know me!

As we get older we spend more time with our friends. Our friends become a big part of our lives. It is ok to share in the same likes, but it is also very important to understand that we can still like different things. Knowing the things that you like and that are important to you is a great way to build your personal identity.


Create an all about me board or scrapbook!

You will need:

Paper (plain or coloured)

Writing utensils (markers, coloured pens, crayons etc)

Pictures (you can draw them or with permission you can cut from magazine, print online or use duplicate copies of personal pics from home)

Tape or glue


Stapler or string to hold the scrapbook together

Cardboard if you are creating a board and not a scrapbook

Don’t forget the most important tool; YOUR IMAGINATION!


Questions you may want to consider when putting your board or scrapbook together; but remember the choices are yours and they are endless!

 1. What makes me happy?

2. What is my favourite physical activity?

3. What is my favourite non-physical activity?

4. Am I a early bird or night owl?

5. What talents do I possess?

6. What is my favourite book, song, movie or poem?

7. What do I want to be when I grow up?




Posted: May 28, 2020

The Importance of Respecting Women by Donna Augustine

This is a video by Donna Augustine on The Importance of respecting women and respecting oneself.  These teachings can be shared with everyone so that all Indigenous women in the world are safe, healthy and happy.. 

Read this information about respecting women and oneself by Donna Augustine.

In the Mi’kmaq culture Elders are people who have been learning and practicing traditional values and ceremonies. They have and share the knowledge of our past, help to keep us healthy and safe in the present and guide us to a kind and peaceful future.   This week, Elder Donna Augustine of Elispogtog, shares her knowledge on the importance of respecting women and respecting oneself.  On May 5th many people all over the land wear red, this is to show respect for Indigenous women. This red is a symbol for us to remember and honour Indigenous women who are not always treated with kindness.  Elder Donna says that women are highly regarded and respected within her culture because they are the nurturers and care givers; life givers!  Women are gifted spiritually because they have the gift of the ability to have children. Giving life is a sacred responsibility and one of the most sacred things a woman can do. All our children are the most sacred gift from the Creator. If something happens to a child, the mother can feel it; that strong connection is an honour.   In traditional ways men are taught to respect women and women were always seen and regarded as leaders. When European explorers arrived on Turtle Island they requested to speak to the leaders. They were brought to the women which confused the explorers as the leaders within their communities were only men.   Elder Donna reminds us to honour and respect your grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, nieces and friends but most importantly to always have respect for yourself by honouring who you are as a person and being your best possible self!  These teachings can be shared with everyone so that all Indigenous women in the world are safe, healthy and happy.  

 Watch the video of "Kewisin Muine'j", and try to learn the Mi'kmaq words in the story.  I am providing the Mi'kmaq and English translation of the story.  There is also a discussions page and one question at the end of the video.

Kewisin Muine’j?

Are you hungry, Baby Bear?

2.  Amu’jpa esmut Muine’j.

Baby Bear has to be fed.

3.  Kiju’ Muin alkwilmuaj aqq alkwilmuaj mijipjewey.

Mother Bear is looking and looking for food for him.

5.  Kekkam, msi ku’l!

Look, hay!

Moqo, Wela’lin.

No, thank you.

7.  Kekkam, n’kata’loq!

Look, mussels. 

Moqo, wela’lin.

9.  Kekkam, pkwimann!

Look, blueberries.

Moqo, wela’lin.

No, thank you.

10.  Kewisinn Muine’j?

Are you hungry Baby Bear?

11.  E’e, Kiju l’pa Kewisinn.

Yes, Mother Bear, I am hungry.

12.  La’tinej sipuk!

Let’s go down the river!

14.  Kekkam, plamu’k!

Look, salmon!

15.  E’e, ketupkik malqumkik pikwelkik meskilultijik plamu’k!

Yes, I want to eat lots of salmon!

16.  Wela’lin, Kiju’ Muin.

Thank you, Mother Bear.


Maw - Aknutmamk

Group Discussion:

 1.  Koqoey mu ketutmuksip muine’j?

What were the things that Baby Bear did not want to eat?

2.   Ewikasik jiko’tmumk:  The words that we should look for:

- Mikwoptmn kelusimkewey etek nipi 15?

  What word do you see or notice on page 15?

- Etuk koqoey wijit telki’k?

  Why is it so big?  (Example, meskilultijik, they are big)

3.  Kwile’n klusuaqn Kekkam.

     Look for the word Kekkam.


Kiju’ Muin pipanimatl Muine’jl koquey ketutmlij.

 Mother Bear asks Baby Bear what he wants to eat.


Koqoey ki’l etlie’tmn Muine’j ketutk?

 What do you think Baby Bear wants to eat?


Posted: May 25, 2020

Kewisin Muine'j Story

It's a story of Mother Bear and a Baby Bear looking for food.  I provided the Mi'kmaq and English translation for the story.