A New Year always brings opportunities for a fresh start, and this new year began with a new Mi’kmaw language teacher for Wagmatcookewey School.
Louise Pierro, a teacher with the school for over 20 years, excitedly accepted the position.
“There was not enough being done for our language,” Pierro explained. “I could see it being lost in our community and I really wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could do in the school.”
Over the past few months, community elders have been working in collaboration with the school to develop a plan for the Mi’kmaw Curriculum.
The plan involves having a “Cultural Day” every Friday, which will include different activities each week. Community members will put on workshops in drumming, story telling, ice fishing and other culturally based activities. Mi’kmaq will be spoken during these activities so that students get to hear words and phrases that go along with the activity.
“I am really excited about it,” said Pierro. “It’s a great way to get the community involved with the school and to have fun while learning the language.”