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Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program
​​ Nehiyawiwin logo.pngThe Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture program is a bilingual learning strategy that focuses on creating a language- and culture-rich classroom environment for students to learn conversational Cree in the "Y" dialect.​

This unique language and culture program is for any student who wants to learn the Cree language. The program uses the Alberta Cree Language and Culture curriculum and also teaches the English language. Cultural activities are an important part of the program and include attending feasts, smudges and powwows, learning appropriate protocol with Elders, and traveling to events to listen to stories or learn traditional games with the assistance of a Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Cultural Teacher.

The program has been recognized as a Successful Practice by Indspire. In order to be recognized as a Successful Practice, the practice must include documented research, frameworks, models and educational strategies that have worked to enhance kindergarten to Grade 12 student success. Indspire evaluates and shares these proven practices for the benefit of Indigenous education stakeholders nationwide.​ Practices are evaluated using seven principles created in consultation with national Indigenous scholars. The principles honour Indigenous ways of knowing and values. Educators, parents, school boards and others find the Successful Practices a valuable resource for sharing proven educational strategies to help Indigenous students succeed.

The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture ​program is a joint project sponsored by a partnership between Saskatoon Public Schools, the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated. 

Program Highlights

  • A bicultural/bilingual program offered from prekindergarten​ to Grade 8.
  • Teaches the Cree Language in the "Y" dialect.
  • Students from across Saskatoon are welcome.
  • Transportation​ is provided.


To register, click here.