Indigenous Inclusion

Mamàhtawisiwin: The Wonder We Are Born With

An Indigenous Education Policy Framework

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Mamàhtawisiwin: The Wonder We Are Born With—An Indigenous Education Policy Framework was developed in collaboration with over 100 individuals from across the province, including Elders and Knowledge Keepers, students, teachers, superintendents, senior post-secondary administrators, government working groups, and community partners.

Mamàhtawisiwin supports the holistic achievements of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit learners by helping Manitoba educators to incorporate Indigenous languages, cultures, and identities into their teaching and practices, setting Indigenous students up for success in school and beyond.

The following strategies and actions within Mamàhtawisiwin will help teachers, school-based support teams, school leaders, school division/district leaders, and Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning staff to deepen their understanding and to progress along a path of truth and reconciliation in their schools, adult learning centres, post-secondary institutions, classrooms, and communities.

Authentic Involvement
  • Promote Elder, Knowledge-Keeper, and community involvement.
  • Promote parent, grandparent, and extended family (aunties and uncles) involvement.
Putting Students at the Centre
  • Respect and listen to students.
  • Employ a holistic approach to supporting students.
Understanding of World Views, Values, Identities, Traditions, and Contemporary Lifestyles
  • Teach true history (including treaties and Indian Residential Schools).
  • Incorporate cultural teachings, experiences, and Indigenous languages.
Inclusive and Culturally Safe Learning Environment
  • Demonstrate respect for world views, values, identities, and traditions.
  • Value and celebrate differences.

These commitments, embedded in Mamàhtawisiwin: The Wonder We Are Born With, will foster a sense of belonging in all learners so that they feel they can succeed, take responsibility, find their purpose in life, and achieve The Good Life/Mino-pimatisiwin (Ininew)/ Mino Bimaadiziwin (Anishinabemowin)/honso aynai (Dene)/tokatakiya wichoni washte (Dakota)/minopimatitheewin (Anisininimowin)/Inuktitut (Inuktitut)/Miyo-pimatishiwin (Michif).