MFNERC is proud to present this year’s Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference on October 6 & 7, 2022 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg.


This year’s theme is Forwarding tradition: New approaches for teaching old ways


First Nation philosophies, and traditional practices have kept their nations and families alive through thousands of years of living and learning from a challenging environment. First Nation cultures and languages   contain the teachings needed to survive and thrive, even as we face life’s hurdles. These ancient lessons have been tried and tested. The best evidence that these beliefs and values work is the fact that First Nation peoples and families are still a part of these lands, they are thriving and rising, and are still teaching their children to do their best as they step into the future.

Educators have an intrinsic role in connecting the past to the future through the students of today. As the stewards of First Nations children during the weekday, schools have a responsibility to reflect local cultures, languages, and teachings. This duty has become a thread that flows through all the work of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and is a part of the mandate of the organization.  It is important that the Resource Centre’s staff do their best to use their education and skills to fulfill the responsibility of forwarding local First Nations traditions and finding new strategies to teach First Nations children in the modern day.

This year’s Circle of Knowledge and Practices workshops and presentations will be infused with the goal of teaching tradition and finding new tactics to teach First Nations knowledge, skills, and values. To achieve the goals of forwarding tradition, it is important that the Resource Centre’s teachers and staff are familiar with the traditional values and beliefs of the First Nations they work with, and have the tactics and tools needed to learn and better understand the local culture, history, and language of the First Nations they visit. The Circle of Knowledge and Practices workshops will provide opportunities to learn more about First Nation knowledge, skills and values, so they can teach their students to be proud of who they are, the ancestors that maintained their family through time, and the traditions that ensured today’s First Nation youth have a place in the future.


Melanie BennettExecutive Director – Yukon First Nation Education Directorate

October 6, 2022

Born in Dawson City, Yukon into the Wolf Clan of the Tr’ondёk Hwёch’in First Nation, Melanie is the great-granddaughter of Mary McLeod, granddaughter of Alice Titus, and daughter of former Chief Hilda Titus.

Melanie has dedicated her life to working with youth to succeed in education. In her 30-year education career, she has served as a First Nation Liaison, teacher and administrator in First Nation schools and Ministry operated schools in BC and Yukon. Melanie takes pride in our Yukon First Nations ways of knowing and traditional knowledge — and strongly advocates that First Nations culture-based learning should happen for our students every day in every school.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Education from Malaspina University and a Master of Education from UNBC in Multidisciplinary Leadership.

In her spare time, Melanie enjoys beading, being out on the land, picking berries, gathering medicines and enjoying the Yukon wilderness.





Please note: Registration limit has been set at 800 delegates

You are encouraged to register online as online registrations will be processed first; all others will be processed in the order they are received. If you have already registered online please do not return this form. Registration confirmation will be sent via email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Any questions regarding group registration, please contact Ashley Kinsman at 204-594-1290 ext. 2083 or

Group Registrations: If you are registering as a group (more than one person) please identify one individual as a main contact on the registration form and attach an additional page listing all other attendees. As the main contact please include a valid email address as this will be used to send the confirmation for your group.

Individual Registration: If you are registering as a single participant, please fill out form accordingly. Please ensure you have listed a valid email address as this is how you will be electronically sent your confirmation form.

  • If you are an individual that is attending as part of a group from a school/community, please have your name included as part of a group registration

If you cannot register online, please click the link for fillable registration and
PRINT and FAX to 1-204-942-2490


Full Conference
MFNERC Affiliate ………… $100 per person
Non-Affiliate        ..………. $200 per person

Full Conference ….. $25 per person

Elders – Free
(65 + or if you are considered an Elder from your First Nation community)


Payment Methods

  1. Credit Card – Please contact Curtis Carriere at (204) 594-1290 ext. 2062 or
  2. Authorized Purchase Order – Please include PO number on registration or please contact Curtis Carriere.
  3. Certified Cheque or from an organization or band (no personal cheques)
  4. Cash (on-site only)

Please note: E-transfers are not accepted. Please use one of the payment methods above. 

Please make all payments payable to “Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
and send to:

FNCKP 2022 Registration
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
Attention: Accounts Receivable
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9


  • First Nation Elders
  • Leadership
  • Government Representatives
  • Principals
  • Educators
  • Students
  • Chiefs
  • Education Stakeholders
  • Leadership
  • Education Administrators
  • Education Directors
  • Parents
  • School Boards
  • Councilors
  • All Interested Groups and Individuals


2022 Trade Show registration is open! Applications accepted until all tables are filled.

Please provide the name of the individual who is to receive future correspondence regarding set up and on site information.

Return the application form via email, mail or fax to:
FNCKP Conference
Toll Free: 1-866-319-4857 ext. 2064
Phone: (204) 594-1290
Fax: (204) 942-2490
2 -1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9

Cost: $250 / table
Electrical Outlet: $20
Payment must be received prior to participation in the conference.

MFNERC will accept the following methods of payment.

  • Authorized Purchase Order
    • Can be electronically submitted to
    • Certified cheque, organization or band cheque (No Personal Cheques)
  • Credit Card
  • Cash
    • All cash payments will need to paid in person at 2-1100 Waverley Street, Winnipeg MB

All payments can be made by contacting Curtis Carriere or Tasheena Bone
Phone:  (204) 594-1290 ext. 2062

Please make all payments payable to “Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.” and send to:
FNCKP 2022 Trade Show
c/o Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. Attention: Accounts Receivable
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive a confirmation from Phyllis Murray regarding confirmation of your table at the trade show.




Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Phone: (204) 786-4801
Fax: (204) 786-1329
Toll Free 1-877-VIC-INNS or 1-877-842-4667

The Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre is a Canada Select 4 Star hotel. The hotel has 260 well-appointed standard guest rooms and specialty rooms including executive, Honeymoon, Queen and Kid Theme suites. More than 28,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space makes it the largest convention hotel in Manitoba. Hotel amenities include a Dino-Beach Family Water Park, fitness room, washers, dryers and a gift shop in the hotel lobby. The hotel also offers complimentary parking, local phone calls, internet computer in the lobby, wireless internet in guest rooms and 24-hour airport shuttle. Other conveniences include Chicago Joe’s Restaurant lounge, and VLT Gaming Room.

When booking your room, please mention that you are attending the FNCKP Conference to receive the discounted rates.  Book early as space is limited!

All travel arrangements are the responsibility of the individual. 

Health and Safety
The MFNERC assumes no responsibility for any injury, theft, or personal liabilities. First Aid and emergency services will be available on location. The Lighting the Fire conference is an alcohol and drug free event (excluding any alcohol sold by host hotel at the restaurant and banquet).



General Inquiries
Michael Hutchinson, Manager of Communications & Reporting
Phone: 204-594 1290 ext.2325
Fax: 204-942-2490

Registration Inquiries
Ashley Kinsman, Administrative Assistant to Director of Languages & Cultures
Phone: 204-594-1290 ext. 2083
Fax: 204-942-2490

Tradeshow Inquiries
Phyllis Murray, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 204-594-1290
Fax: 204-942-2490

Finance/Payment Information:
Curtis Carriere or Tasheena Bone
Phone: 204-594-1290
Fax: 204-942-2490

Host Hotel Information
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Phone: 204-786-4801
Toll Free: 1-877-VIC-INNS
Fax (204) 786-1329