Category Archives: WSD AAA

WSD Bilingual Program

The WSD Bilingual Program offers instruction in both Cree and Ojibwe language.  Our programs are located at Isaac Brock School and currently run from grades K-1 for the 2017-2018 year, and will run from grades K-2 for the 2018-2019 school year.  For more information and registration contact Isaac Brock school or one of the Aboriginal Education Consultants.

Link to Bilingual program information –

Special Language Exams – High School Credit

Special Language Exams are hosted by Winnipeg School Division 2 times a year.  WSD can provide tutors to prepare students to challenge exams in Ojibwe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, and Michif.  Students may earn up  to 4 special language credits towards graduation.  If you are aware of students that would like to challenge the exam, please contact the Aboriginal Education Consultants.  The next examination dates are in April 2019, students must register early, stay tuned for more information and registration forms.

Link to MB Ed Special Language Website –

Winnipeg School Division Language Classes

WSD will offer 2 sessions of Cree and Ojibwe language classes for staff, students, and community members.  Watch for informational posters, and emails to register on employee connect or email Rina Whitford at

Fall 2018 Session:

6 Weeks – November 7 – December 12

Time: 4:30 – 6:30

Location: Children of the Earth High School

Instructors:  Russell Maytwayashing & Rudy Okemaw

Spring 2019 Session:

Dates TBA

Stay tuned for updates, poster, and registration on employee connect.

WSD Indigenous Education Supports

Role Name Email
Director of Aboriginal Education and Newcomer Services Rob Riel
Elder/Knowledge Keeper Myra Laramee
Program Lead Rina Whitford
Program Support Keith Bousquet
Program Support Misty Perrun
Program Support Crystal Millar-Courchene
Aboriginal Graduation Coach (Grant Park) Lindsey Trudeau
Aboriginal Graduation Coach (Children of the Earth) Michelle Gougeon
Aboriginal Graduation Coach (St. John’s) Stephanie Midford
Aboriginal Graduation Coach (Tec Voc) Elyse Vezina
Literacy Intervention Support Teacher (Pinkham) Janice Caplan
Literacy Intervention Support Teacher (Niji Mahkwa) Leanne Chernetz
Literacy Intervention Support Teacher (Shaughnessy Park) Tammy Stevenson
Literacy Intervention Support Teacher (Dufferin) Moira Bauer
Literacy Intervention Support Teacher (William Whyte) Lisa Titley

The Winnipeg School Division strives to infuse Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum through building capacity and empowering schools in their learning journey to promote Indigenous education that is appropriate, applicable, and sustainable.  All educators work together to further student achievement in literacy and numeracy.  If you require specific supports in regards to Indigenous education please contact Rina Whitford, Program Lead.


What’s Happening in WSD that supports AAA…

There are a wide variety of programs, initiatives, and activities happening throughout the division that support Aboriginal Academic Achievement.  Some of the various initiatives include, but are not limited to…

School-based Indigenous Education Committees

Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program

Student-led groups

Sharing of Indigenous learning resources

Land-based Education

Cree and Ojibwe Language Programs (Bilingual Program, Language Classes)

Professional development opportunities for staff (Blanket Exercise, Circle in the Box, Treaty Education)

– Treaty Land Acknowledgement

– Orange Shirt Day

– Indigenous celebrations – Culture days, Pow Wows and/or Pow Wow Clubs

– Guest Speakers

– Storytelling

– Indigenous Perspectives through cross curricular areas

– Cultural Teachings: 7 Teachings, smudging, medicine wheel teachings, tipi teachings

– Grandmother Groups

– Parent Involvement

– Community Support Workers

– Aboriginal Education Team support