nehiyawak Summer Language Experience

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This unique nēhiyaw language acquisitioning camp takes place once a year during the summer month of July in the northern part of Saskatchewan out on the land for five full days. This is where the nēhiyaw language comes from, our natural environment. This year the camp will take place in La Ronge.

This is one of a kind experience that focuses on language skills and vocabulary build up. It is ground-breaking work that has been in existence for the past 11 years. This summer will be the 12 annual and participants have come from right across Canada and from places such as Switzerland and France.

The founder and director Belinda Daniels (from Sturgeon Lake First Nation) has been featured as one of the Global Teacher Finalists for her work in language revitalization and development of March of 2016. She has been recognized globally and nationally for her dedication in language reclamation, curriculum development, a leader in Cree bilingual education and most particularly nēhiyaw language camps and workshops. She will be sharing techniques that have helped her regain Cree speaking confidence, along with her Cree team as everyone will be teaching and modelling “how to speak Cree” that most often, fluent speakers will over look.


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Our Language Team


Bill Cook is a fluent Cree speaker from Southend, Reindeer Lake and has been living in Regina for 16 years. Bill has a BA in Cree Language Studies through the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) and is currently working on his Masters of Education at the University of Regina. He has been teaching the Cree Language for over a decade. Bill is a language instructor at Payepot School, Piapot First Nation, and a Cree Language sessional instructor at the First Nations University of Canada. He is also currently working with the University of Saskatchewan in developing the upcoming Online Cree Language credited courses. He is very passionate about maintaining and preserving the Cree Language and is interested in using technology as a teaching tool.

Delvin Kanewiyakiho is a fluent speaker from Little Pine First Nation. He has earned a bachelors of arts and education degrees from University of Saskatchewan. Delvin is also an accomplished world hoop dancer and speaks a third language, Spanish. He now is a First Nations consultant with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Delvin has been an instructor for the nēhiyawak summer language camp for the past five years and enjoys sharing his knowledge and wisdom in nēhiyaw spirituality.





Event Info

Cost for the nēhiyawak Summer Language Experience is 395$ per person. Student rate is 200$ for the first three students along with a one-page paper on the position why language revitalization is important.

Camp gear needed and will not be provided*

Surprise special guest speakers will be joining us.

Water and refreshments will be provided. (Meals are a communal activity and menus will be shared closer to the camp date)

Thank you to Dakota Dunes Development and Saskatchewan Heritage Languages!

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nehiyawak Summer Language Camp July 24-28, 2016 – Activities

Camp set up day, house-keeping and introductions – July 24 at 4 pm.

Details, details, details, but keep it simple.

Day 1 – July 25 – Morning rising shout out, prayer, song, cook, eat, clean up together. This a class! This a language session! Be in the language context.

Morning routine… after breakfast. Start with language building activities…verbs, feelings, weather. Each instructor specializes in something different. TPR, ASLA, Communicative – base techniques (rotate)  This will last for about two hours.

Break… just to down load new words. (20 mins or so)

Group activity such as going for a walk, hike, swim, but in the language.

Lunch – menu’s. Make this a part of class, work in teams and take turns

cooking for the group.

Go over morning routine again.

Add new vocabulary, more verbs, nouns, repeat!

Play a game, tell a story, (but remember it has to be the same for tomorrow and the day after).


Review all vocabulary throughout the day.

Quiet time for reflection and writing.

Supper- again make it a class, food is a communal process-learn vocabulary again for cooking, preparing, eating and cleaning.

Sunset activities.. Songs, stories, games, practice simple dialogues… and repeat for the next day. (All in the language)

Day 2 –July 26 – same as day one. Group activity will be different.

Day 3 – July 27- Same as day two. Group activity again will be different.

Day 4- july 28 –Same as day three. Closing prayer.

Some of the time will be planned for special events such as: fishing, berry picking, root harvesting, picking sage or sweetgrass, mint tea or muskeg tea picking (depending on season), etc. one special activity a day is efficient.