MFNERC – First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices 2019


Join us at the 2019 Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference on October 3 & 4 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre located at 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This year’s First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference theme is: LANGUAGE, LAND & LEARNING

First Nations languages and the Peoples’ connection to their traditional lands and territories weave together intrinsically. Languages are the essence of a First Nations cultural base, where learning often begins at birth when one hears speech through songs, prayers, and observations. Land and water are home—all living beings are First Nations’ relations—and this profound yet pragmatic approach to life helps to sustain First Nations beliefs, values, and resilience. Teaching is a lifelong practice in all First Nations, whether it occurs on the land, home, or at social events.

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is proud to host this year’s First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conferences on October 3 & 4 at the Victoria Inn & Conference Centre in Winnipeg. Workshops and speakers at this year’s conference will focus on land-based teachings and language in the classroom and school.



– Conference is free of charge for Elders, MFNSS School Staff and Employees of Manitoba Band Operated Schools
– Conference Fee: $50 per adult and $25 per student. All other delegates, is due upon registration at the conference site
– We will accept cash, credit card, certified cheque, or cheque from an organization or band (no personal cheques)
*Please make all cheques payable to “Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.”


Individual Registration

 PDF Registration Form – Individuals

Group Registration

Manitoba Band Operated First Nation School (Free)
PDF Registration Form – Manitoba Band Operated FN School (Group)

Manitoba First Nation School System (Free)
PDF Registration Form – Manitoba FN School System (Group)

Alternative Organization/Company ($50 per person)
PDF Registration Form – Alternative Organization (Group)



Click here to view the Workshop descriptions (descriptions, times and locations are subject to change)



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Kevin Tacan

Kevin Tacan (Dakota) is from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. He is a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Elder, and storyteller for Brandon School Division and a sessional instructor for Brandon University. Mr. Tacan is currently the board chair for Indigenous Languages of Manitoba, which serves the language needs of the seven Indigenous languages within the province.

As a language advocate, Mr. Tacan believes our languages hold the key to unlocking Indigenous Knowledge. Developing curriculum to meet the needs of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action may seem an arduous task, Tacan says, but these resources will unlock potential for youth to move into the future with new insight and tools. Mr. Tacan recently wrote “Wounhdakapte” (We’ll talk), a beginner’s book and CD with stories and the alphabet to teach the younger generation.

Mr. Tacan also feels how we view language advocacy and revitalization is important today because of their impact on efforts and strategies to develop language opportunities. Our fluent speakers are a huge untapped resource, and by working together and sharing our knowledge, we can inspire semi-fluent speakers and youth to continue their language journeys.


Herman Michell

Dr. Herman Michell is an external consultant for Prince Albert Grand Council. He is originally from the small fishing/trapping community of Kinoosao, on the eastern shores of Reindeer Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Michell is a fluent Woodlands Cree speaker (“th” dialect) and has Inuit, Dene, and Swedish ancestry. He is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation (Brochet, Manitoba).

Having been involved in Aboriginal education in different capacities since the 1990s, Dr. Michell is a published author, educator, researcher, speaker, and consultant. In 2018, his book Land-Based Education: Embracing the Rhythms of the Earth from an Indigenous Perspective joined a long list of his other published works.

Dr. Michell served as president CEO of NORTEP-NORPAC for five years, a post-secondary organization in northern Saskatchewan. He was a tenured associate professor at First Nations University of Canada, teaching undergraduate courses in Indigenous health studies, education, and environment.

With 10 years of post-secondary administration experience, Dr. Michell served as vice-president academic at First Nations University of Canada and as department head of science. In addition to teaching and research, he sat on the board of governors as a faculty representative for seven years.

Dr. Michell is a trained university counsellor and has several years of experience working with Aboriginal students. He regularly visits schools and communities promoting science-related professions. Dr. Michell has made numerous presentations on bridging Western science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing in pre-service teacher programs.

In 2008, Dr. Michell completed a PhD in education from U of R in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the inclusion of Cree culture in science education. He graduated with a master degree in education from the U of BC in 1998 specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. He also completed graduate course work in education psychology and special education from both U of BC and the U of M.



Hotel Reservations at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the individual.

Clement Travel Agency is the official travel agent for the MFNERC. For assistance in planning your travel, please contact Clement Travel at (204) 985-5290, in Winnipeg.

The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre is the host for this year’s conference. Please mention “MFNERC”, when making your reservation to receive the conference rate. The toll free number for the hotel is 1-800-423-1337.



The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) assumes no responsibility for any injuries, theft or personal liabilities. The First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference is an alcohol and drug free event.



For more event information, please contact Joy Keeper:

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