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Minecraft Anishinaabe World Release

February 10, 2021

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Microsoft Canada, Minecraft: Education Edition and Louis Riel School Division partner to create the world’s first Indigenous teaching resource built in the world of Minecraft 


Microsoft Canada, Minecraft: Education Edition and the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) are proud to announce the completion of Manito Ahbee Aki, the first Minecraft teaching resource in the world that honours, celebrates and explores a Manitoba Anishinaabe community. 

 

Christian MichalikLRSD Superintendent, will host virtual live event to introduce the world on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at noon. He will be joined by Hon. Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Rochelle Squires, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Mayor Brian Bowman. Click here to join the online event.

 

Players in Manito Ahbee Aki, which translates to “the place where the Creator sits” in English, are transported to Manito Ahbee, a site located in Manitoba's western Whiteshell area, before European contact in North America. 

 

“In the true spirit and intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, this project gives students in our schools and around the world an opportunity to learn and develop a deeper understanding about an Indigenous nation in Canada,” said Michalik 

 

To create an authentic experience, members of the LRSD Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers (CGG), along with Frank Deer, LRSD Scholar in Residence, and Knowledge Keepers from the Manitoba Anishinaabe community, guided and informed the development of the project. After 14 months of development with stakeholders located in Canada, the United States and Australia, Manito Ahbee Aki allows players to explore a fun and interactive world while gaining insight into Indigenous teachings and perspectives. 

 

“Seeing my People and our ways of knowing and being captured in this game and having our traditions and culture told in a good way makes me very proud,” said Chickadee Richard, a member of the LRSD CGG and a key contributor to the project. “I am one of the non-player characters (NPC) in the game who students will speak to for information that will help them explore and understand the Anishinaabe world we’ve built for them. This is the first-time students will be able to interact with an authentic representation of our Peoples history and way of life.” 

 

Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform that helps build key 21s century skills such as coding and creative problem solving, which is why several teachers in LRSD use the platform as a way to help students explore learning on a variety of topics. Microsoft offers free access to Microsoft 365 and Teams for Education to schools as part of the company’s ongoing support for educators, especially during remote and hybrid learning. Today, more than 200 million students, faculty, institutional leaders and teachers are actively using Microsoft Education. 

 

“As an Indigenous educator and Indigenous parent, there aren’t a lot of resources that show our people, culture and practices in a respectful way—but this game changes that,” said Bobbie-Jo Leclair, LRSD Itinerant Indigenous Education Consultant and one of the NPC’s in Manito Ahbee Aki. “Not only will this game inspire and engage Indigenous students who don’t see themselves reflected in games, but it also provides an opportunity for all people to learn how Anishinaabe people respected the earth and all living things.” 

 

The Anishinaabe digital world includes flora, fauna and locations from Manitoba that were specially created for this world and did not exist in any other Minecraft property. The non-player characters (NPC) in the game are also unique and are modelled after Grandmother Chickadee, two LRSD staff and three Anishinaabe Knowledge Keepers from Manitoba. 

 

“We are honoured to be part of this project that was spearheaded by LRSD and the Anishinaabe community but will benefit students around the worldManito Ahbee Aki is an excellent example of how we can educate about Indigenous cultures in ways that are engaging and relevant for 21st century students,” said Marc Seaman, General Manager, Education, Microsoft Canada. Microsoft has long been committed to empowering students and educators with technology and we hope to see school divisions across the country follow LRDS’s lead with innovative solutions like this one.” 

 

LRSD was established in 2002 after the amalgamation of St. Boniface and St. Vital School Divisions. LRSD is in the southeast quadrant of Winnipeg and serves close to 15,600 students across 40 schools with a staff of more than 2,100. The LRSD mission is to provide a safe, inclusive, and engaging environment where personal and collective learning is valued, and each one of us reaches our full potential.  



 
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Looking for some summer reading? ☀ We've compiled a list of articles, websites, videos and other resources to help our community stay informed on #Bill64 and its Four-Pillar Strategy:  https://t.co/jJQWuoXDUT We will continue updating this page over the coming weeks. #YourLRSD https://t.co/b784uZHo7G

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RT @manitobahydro: #mboutage Approximate affected area highlighted below. No known cause or estimated time for restoration yet. https://t.co/ApRGDp8VdM

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RT @UNDP: Today, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is being lost or wasted - the equivalent of 1.3 billion tonnes per year. Circular #FoodSystem must be part of pandemic recovery. Here are 4️⃣ ways to take #ClimateAction for #ZeroHunger. #UNFSS2021 https://t.co/SePKA2wk2A

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