About Us


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.

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Structure and Organization

Partnership Agreement

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.

Current Partner Co-Lead organizations:

  • Indigenous Inclusion Directorate Logo
  • Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. Logo
  • University College of the North Logo

Partner Representatives:

  • Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc.
  • Brandon University
  • Manitoba Metis Federation–Louis Riel Institute
  • Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre
  • Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre Inc.
  • Manitoba Inuit Association
  • Red River College
  • School District of Mystery Lake
  • University of Winnipeg
  • University of Manitoba
  • University College of the North
  • Winnipeg School Division
  • Frontier School Division
  • Indigenous Inclusion Directorate/Manitoba Education and Training

Intent of the Partners

  • Recognize the importance of working together to achieve positive outcomes for all partners
  • Build strong relationships with each other in a consistent and positive manner
  • Ensure cooperative and meaningful consultation around issues or opportunities of mutual concern
  • Explore joint work and resource sharing in areas of mutual interest to achieve our stated goal
  • Participate in forums and events around key committee issues as opportunity presents
  • Commit to working constructively and collaboratively with partners to achieve our stated goal

Guiding Principles

  1. We will be open, honest and truthful in our relationships with our respective work organizations and with each other.
  2. We will provide accurate and timely reports of our activities to our respective organizations and partner working groups.
  3. We will respect each partner’s autonomy and responsibilities while recognizing the partnership may require change and innovation.
  4. We will build relationships that celebrate achievements, address challenges and acknowledge contributions.

MALS Grandparents Council

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.

Grandparents Protocol

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.

Grandparents Council

Wanbdi Wakita photo
Wanbdi Wakita

Nation: Dakota
Language: Dakota

Nelliane Cromarty photo
Nelliane Cromarty

Nation: Ojibwe-Cree
Language: Ansininemowin

Patricia Ningewance photo
Patricia Ningewance

Nation: Ojibwe

Verna Demontingy hoto
Verna Demontingy

Nation: Métis
Language: Michif

Stella Neff photo
Stella Neff

Nation: Cree
Language: Ininimowin

Diane Powderhorn photo
Diane Powderhorn

MALS would like to recognize the following Grandparents for all their work in helping to retain, revitalize, and promote Aboriginal languages.

Catherine Moise photo
Late Catherine Moise

Nation: Denesulline
Language: Dene

George Fleury photo
Late George Fleury

Nation: Métis
Language: Michif

Don Robertson photo
Late Don Robertson

Nation: Cree
Language: Ininimowin

Martha Peet photo
Martha Peet

Nation: Inuit
Language: Inuktitut