Background - Immersion Based Early Learning
May 1, 2013 - While language, culture and immersion education has been at the forefront of Anishinabek education for the last 20 years, in January 2012, Kenjgewin Teg undertook another community survey to identify and determine current community support/climate to establish immersion education. This survey was largely udertaken as result of the current reality that in the UCCMM Territory, current strategies, while good intentioned, have not generated new Ojibwe speaking citizens under the age of 40 from 1970 to 2013. In response to these results, the Mnidoo Mnising Anishinaabek Kinoomauge Gamig (MMAK) is a new strategy and initiative that will center on Ojibwe-based language learning program for children, an initiative that will be led by Kenjgewin Teg with the support of the UCCMM Tribal Council to be completed in three phases over the next 5 years beginning 2013. MMAK will use a combination of: Anishinabemowin Immersion - Reggio Inspired - Early Learning Kindergarten curriculum - as its educational model.
Mnidoo Mnising Kinoomaage Gamig (MMAK)
Kindergarten is an exciting time, when children learn through structured play. Mnidoo Mnising Anishinabek Kinoomaage Gamig (MMAK’s) Early Learning Kindergarten program offers excellent beginnings for a child’s academic, social, emotional and language development. MMAK began in September 2013 to directly support the declarations by First Nation communities that language revitalization and learning must be attained by the year 2030. MMAK currently provides an early learning kindergarten/Grade 1 learning curriculum, as well as a language nest (3-4 year olds) program that is rich in Ojibwe culture and language. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, MMAK strives to provide a program that is representative of the Seven Grandfather teachings of the Anishinabek. The MMAK immersion program implements Kenjgewin Teg cultural standards that embrace natural curiosity and traditional ecological knowledge supporting the four pillars of environmental education, experiential learning, inquiry based learning and mother earth stewardship while striving for “mino bmaadzwin” (the good life). Implementation of Junior Kindergarten Immersion at MMAK is also guided by The Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program, which is currently implemented across the Province of Ontario.
At MMAK, collaboration of the parent, child and teacher is valued as an integral part of the journey. Families are welcome and encouraged to volunteer in the program to be a part of their child’s learning experience.
Click here for MMAK Parent Handbook
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MMAK Committee Meetings: 25th of every month during school year
Click here for Dr. Morcom's Presentation to Parents [Sept 2013]: