Success Stories

Science – Robotics (First Lego League) Kateri School (Kahnawake)

Grade 5 class competed in French against students in Grades 5 to 8.

Students presented in French for all three rounds of judging: the robot and programming, team values, and the class project.- Students presented our class project to other schools in French.

All students had opportunities to speak French.We placed 18th out of 27 teams.

We are very proud of our class as it was these students’ first year participating.



KEC Second Language Teachers Symposium

The proposed goals of the KEC Second Language Teacher Symposium were successfully achieved, in that the event supported collaboration and professional growth for all our second language teachers and teacher assistants so that they can in turn better support our students in learning both Kanien’kéha and French.

Feedback from staff is being used to build on the KEC’s successes and address the challenges in teaching second languages. Direction on planning for future professional development has been established. The Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) and French programs will be strengthened through collaboration. Staff members are motivated through awareness to the support available within the system and within their own schools.



Kanien’keha Grade 1 Full Immersion Pilot Project

Students have begun to use new vocabulary in different contexts.

Students use more of the Kanien’keha language in presentational speaking.

Students have begun to understand more vocabulary and parts of speech which is demonstrated in conversations with their peers.

Students’ understanding of the Kanien’keha language is very noticeable in their communication with the use of pronominal prefixes, morphemes, and pronoun suffixes.

It is evident that full immersion for Grade 1 that mirrors the daycare and kindergarten schedule is a very successful pilot project.

Integrating aspects of Pekuakamiulnuatsh culture in the Québec Education Program

Aspects of Pekuakamiulnuatsh culture were integrated in social science and ethics and religious culture classes at the elementary and secondary levels. A committee was set up to develop, approve, and integrate content for teachers to experiment with in class. Presentations were given to school staff and community managers to show them how they can contribute to the transmission of cultural content to students.

We noticed that our students were very interested in their history, and wanted to know more about their customs. They are very motivated. Our students are developing their cultural skills, which is strengthening their identity and sense of belonging to the Pekuakamiulnuatsh nation.

Students have displayed significant interest in the cultural content that has been implemented in the classroom since 2012. They talk about what they have learned with each other and their families, and are becoming culture carriers in their own right.  

Nelly Furtado–anti-bullying

The Grade 6 teacher brought to his class’s attention the negative publicity that Ms. Furtado received after singing a unique rendition of “O Canada” at the NBA All-Star Game in February 2016.

His students wrote letters to Ms. Furtado giving her support and encouragement in saying that they felt that she was being bullied. At Kiwetin, we against bullying, so in writing to Ms. Furtado we were sticking up for her.

Ms. Furtado, through her manager, arranged a visit to Kiwetin for her to sing to the whole school. The students were over the moon with her visit. They understood that sticking up for others against bullying and giving support to someone has rewards.

The students at Kiwetin, especially the Grade 6 class, had a clear understanding of how concrete action and support for anti-bullying efforts can achieve positive results.

Nelly Furtado article



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