Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat

Indigenous Languages and Education Handbook

The Indigenous Languages and Education (ILE) Handbook, Our People, Our Land, Our Ways, Our Languages, is designed to provide educators with the necessary information, resources, support, and guidance to operationalize the ILE Policy. As a user-friendly field guide, it outlines actions and activities that principals, teachers, Indigenous language instructors, and educational assistants can undertake to deliver quality education that promotes and enhances Indigenous languages and education in the NWT.

 The ILE Handbook follows the four defined principles of the ILE Policy:

  1. Schools must actively implement Dene Kede & Inuuqatigiit to bring forward, in all instruction, the Indigenous worldviews, cultures, and languages of the community in which the school is located.
  2. Schools should welcome all students within learning environments that centre, respect and promote the Indigenous worldviews, cultures, and languages of the community in which the school is located, through building the school-community relationship, offering educator training and employing a whole school approach to Indigenous language use.
  3. Schools should work toward Indigenizing teaching and learning practices, Indigenizing the content of curricula and programming, and providing opportunities for all JK-12 students to engage in authentic and relevant key cultural experiences throughout the school year.
  4. Schools that provide Indigenous language instruction must offer dedicated time for Indigenous language instruction within the regular education program and actively implement the Our Languages curriculum.

Supporting Documents:

Indigenous Languages and Education Handbook