Indigenous Languages and Education Handbook
The NWT JK-12 Indigenous Languages and Education (ILE) Handbook: Our People, Our Land, Our Ways, Our Languages is intended to guide the implementation of the ILE Policy and the sharing of wise practices used in Indigenous languages and education programming. Language revitalization and Indigenous education, like reconciliation, are ongoing processes in which all of us play a fundamental role. The practices documented in this handbook should be revisited regularly by educators with the intent of developing a deeper understanding of the practice as their experiential knowledge grows.
The ILE Handbook follows the four defined principles of the ILE Policy:
- Schools must actively implement Dene Kede (K-6 | 7 | 8 | 9) and Inuuqatigiit (K-12) to bring forward, in all instruction, the Indigenous worldviews, cultures, and languages of the community in which the school is located.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.