The Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy (MALS) was created to revitalize, retain and promote the seven Aboriginal Languages of Manitoba. MALS is committed to sharing, developing, and promoting Aboriginal language resources throughout the province.MALS Brochure ( PDF)
A Partnership Agreement was signed on September 21, 2015 by four lead organizations including the Indigenous Inclusion Directorate, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), University College of the North (UCN), and the Indigenous Languages of Manitoba (ILM).
The Manitoba Education and Training–Indigenous Inclusion Directorate (IID), Indigenous Languages of Manitoba (ILM), Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center (MFNERC) and the University College of the North (UCN) provide Aboriginal language education, teacher training, develop education programs and provide services in Aboriginal languages.
Membership and representatives consists of Grandparents from each of the Manitoba Aboriginal Languages groups, and representatives of leaders from the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) education organizations, provincial school divisions and post-secondary institutions.
Intent of the Partners
The Manitoba Aboriginal Language Strategy (MALS) is privileged and honoured to receive ongoing guidance from the MALS Council of Grandparents comprised of fluent speakers and sacred traditional knowledge keepers. These Grandparents represent each of the seven Aboriginal language groups found in Manitoba.
It is important to recognize that the Grandparents are the foundation of MALS. Grandparents’ provide knowledge, experiences and the first hand information required for the implementation of MALS actions and Strategy. Grandparents support and validate decisions recommended by MALS Working Groups. When needed, the Grandparents will provide mentorship to the various working groups within MALS.
The MALS Grandparents Council holds four meetings per year, which are a part from all other MALS meetings. These meetings provide the Grandparents with the opportunity to consult with each other, to discuss issues of concern, to communicate in their languages, to share stories, and to promote an atmosphere of collaboration and camaraderie in the Council.