Westmount Community School is honoured to be the home of Ma Taant sa Plaas (Auntie's Place), the full day Michif early learning program. Westmount is currently home to the Métis/Michif Cultural Program, which has worked to infuse Métis/Michif culture, language, and traditions into all grades and curricula.
The Michif early learning program is designed to preserve, strengthen and transmit Michif language, culture, and traditions. This unique program will provide children ages 3, 4, and 5 with an experience that will build a strong cultural Michif/Métis identity and increased academic success. The program is offered in full-day prekindergarten at Westmount.
Children will be entering Ma Taant sa Plaas (Auntie's Place) to learn through a Michif/Métis perspective, ways of knowing and being. This program aims to involve Michif speakers, Lii Vyeu, families, and community to share in their knowledge of language and traditions. The program will use provincial curricula that focuses on play and exploration to create essential Métis/Michif learning experiences for young children. While the program is open to students from across Saskatoon, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Métis or Michif.
Family engagement is essential for the revitalization of the Michif language. The purpose of family engagement reflects the importance of the traditional role of Métis/Michif families in the development of a child's identity and learning. The Michif/Métis prekindergarten program will run full days Monday to Thursday.
The Michif Early Learning Pilot Project is a two-year project made possible thanks to $200,000 in annual funding from Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. The funding provides for Michif Language Keeper and teacher staffing, extending the school day for students, professional learning opportunities, and the creation and distribution of Métis resources.