Native as a Second Language Program (NSL)

SJSH PowwowWe are proud to offer the Native as a Second Language program in our Board at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Sturgeon Falls. The program is offered to all students in the school from Grades 1 - 8. Students enrolled from Grades 1 - 3 receive 20 minutes of Native as a Second Language instruction daily, while students from Grades 4 - 8 receive 40 minutes of instruction daily.

The program is designed to provide a dynamic and challenging curriculum with the following goals for our students:

  • Develop a general understanding of the nature and function of the Ojibwe language
  • Develop a foundation of language knowledge and skills
  • Develop an understanding of the Native language as an expression of a distinct culture
  • Appreciation of Native cultures and teaching including ceremonies, drumming and smudging

Walking The Path Student Leadership Program

An award winning youth empowerment strategy, this program is implemented in several of our NPSC schools K - 12. The program is facilitated in partnership with George Couchie of the Ontario Provincial Police and classroom teachers. The program provides Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students with lessons that include teaching about the history, traditions, beliefs and cultures of Aboriginal peoples including the Medicine Wheel. This powerful program serves to combat stereotypes, racism, prejudice and biases as well as involve parents, Elders, family and community in planning educational activities.