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


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


Annual Bus Driver Training

October 6 and 7, 9:00–4:00, Best Western Plus

Target Audience: MFNSS/MFNERC Bus Drivers

Presenters: Albert Stevens, Marie Lavallee


This course fulfills the requirement for MFNSS/MFNERC school bus drivers to complete an annual refresher course on school bus maintenance and safety driving regulations, and to learn about new technology. The course runs over both days of the conference.


Becoming an Effective Augmentative and Alternative Communication Partner


Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Embassy A

Target Audience: Resource Teachers, Teachers, Educational Assistants

Presenters: Annie Nienhuysen, Keya Rode, Melanie Wrobel


This interactive workshop provides an introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). AAC refers to devices and tools that individuals use to communicate instead of through natural speech. The tools range from low to high tech, and include gestures, signs, symbol boards, and iPad apps. Augmentative systems add to natural speech, while alternative systems replace speech. AAC is a crucial tool for some First Nations students to communicate their interests, beliefs, and culture. The learning objectives for this workshop are for participants to be able to: (1) define AAC; (2) describe robust AAC systems; (3) add, find, and edit symbols on Proloquo2Go; and (4) communicate effectively with an AAC user.


CONNECT – MFNERC’s All-in-One Digital Education Solution

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 7

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Embassy B

Target Audience: Principals, Information Workers, Classroom Teachers

Presenters: Don Monkman, Nicole Magne


MFNERC is excited to announce the launch of CONNECT, an all-in-one digital education solution. This new platform is designed to support First Nations educators in the digital realm. This workshop provides information on new features in Outcomes, how to access CONNECT Launchpad with a single sign-on, how to access custom apps and links, and how to set up a digital classroom in the way you want. With CONNECT, students will spend more time learning and less time logging in.


Connections Between Sensory Processing, Play-Based Learning, and First Nations Teachings

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Embassy B

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Embassy B

Target Audience: All School Personnel

Presenters: Karine Hildebrand, Alexandra Jansen, Kimberley Moors, Gabrielle Peterson


This interactive workshop focuses on sensory processing as well as play-based and land-based approaches to learning. Participants will be introduced to sensory processing and learn about First Nations traditional swings. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with traditional swings and then explore similarities to equipment used in sensory rooms. Discussion will focus on how First Nations teachings are similar to modern sensory processing and play-based approaches.


CPR Level C & AED

October 6 and 7, 9:00–4:00, Best Western Plus

Target Audience: MFNERC/MFNSS Staff

Presenters: Don Buck, Marie Lavallee, Matt Friesen


This First Aid/CPR/AED one-day course enables participants to fulfill their annual CPR and AED certification requirement. The course runs on both days, with 50 participants per day. One hundred participants will receive certification.


Crunching Numbers

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Centennial 9

Target Audience: Middle School and High School Teachers

Presenters: Alberto Mansilla, Carrie Fontaine


A comparative experiment starts with a hypothesis that asks how two or more treatments may impact a subject. For example, to better understand the difference between the effects of treatment A and treatment B on the dependent variable C, an experiment is run in which all conditions are the same, except for the different treatments. The experiment is then watched and measured for central tendencies, with the hope that any difference is significant enough to support the hypothesis.

Workshop participants will learn to identify and give value to differences between two or more datasets, quantify the differences, and validate if the degree of difference is enough to conclude that it is significant.

This workshop will also include updates on the MFNERC Regional Science Fair and the Canada-Wide Science Fair.


Enhancing Your Toolbox with Observation and Documentation

Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Embassy B

Session 6, October 7, 1:10 –2:25, Centennial 3

Target Audience: Early Years Teachers, Educational Assistants, Principals, Resource Teachers

Presenters: Susy Komishin, Dawn Flood, Jody Yerlitz, Jennifer Waytiuk

Children are at the centre of the circle of care. Everyone plays a role in a child’s learning journey. When we observe children, we recognize their uniqueness and can then nurture their individual gifts. Observation and documentation are tools that can connect curriculum, play, and assessment. This workshop provides an interactive experience for participants to learn and practise a variety of observation and documentation techniques that help with planning and assessment.


First Nations Worldviews and Classroom Profiles

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Centennial 10

Target Audience: Resource Teachers, Classroom Teachers

Presenters: Vera Big George, Virginia Moose, Jennie Tait


This workshop shares First Nations worldviews that can be used in planning classroom instruction. The workshop will cover the gradual release of responsibility model, multiple intelligences incorporating the Medicine Wheel, and land-based programming.


From the Bush to the Plate


Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Embassy F

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 8

Target Audience: Resource Teachers, Teachers, Educational Assistants

Presenters: Glenda Moose, Barb Dollmont


This workshop will focus on creating resources to incorporate Cree storytelling, traditions, customs, protocols, and hunting practices through literacy, film and land-based perspectives.


How We Can Help Students Identify and Remember Words

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Embassy A

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers

Presenter: Richelle Lovegrove


Reading is a skill we use every day. Because English readers use an alphabet-based writing system, we need to teach students using approaches based on how we actually read. This workshop explains the nature of the English code, the skills readers need to learn the written code, and strategies to teach the code in developmentally appropriate ways.


The Jingle Dress and Mathematics

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Wellington Room B

Target Audience: K–8 Teachers, Educational Assistants

Presenter: Pamela Courchene


How can teachers use the jingle dress to teach mathematics? This workshop involves the integration of First Nations knowledge and perspectives within Manitoba’s mathematics curriculum, including learning targets, the big ideas, and specific learning outcomes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to produce a mathematics lesson based on the jingle dress and participate in numeracy activities related to the four curriculum strands. Participants will create a 2D jingle dress with 3D cones from materials provided.


Kumukahi – A New Beginning: A Student’s Holistic Academic Journey


Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Wellington Room B

Target Audience: Manitoba Teaching Staff

Presenters: Jonathan Courchene, Pamela Courchene


In this workshop, Jonathan Courchene shares his journey to the 2021 Ironman World Championship event. Jonathan’s story can be used as a metaphor for a student’s journey in working toward their high school diploma. The educational experience is more than books and numbers; a student’s academic life includes challenges, physical demands, and social and emotional situations. Learning can also come from movement and the transmission of knowledge, which can be a spiritual process.


Language Learning Activities: Dakota and Ojibwe

Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Embassy F

Target Audience: Teachers, Educators, General Public

Presenters: Doris Ironstar-Der, Brenda Daniels


This workshop encourages pride in our traditional languages through new approaches to reviving First Nations heritage. The presenters will demonstrate interactive language activities that can be used at home and in the classroom. Language activities include practising language through games, songs, and storytelling, using the Total Physical Response method.


Numeracy Assessment – Which One Works Best for You?

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Carlton Room

Target Audience: K–9 Teachers, Educational Assistants

Presenters: Virginia Birch, Pamela Courchene, Chun Ong


Tired of not knowing which assessment tool works best for you as a classroom teacher? Fret not, your friendly neighbourhood numeracy and assessment facilitators are here to help you understand which classroom-based assessment tools will work best for you. Assessment is not a flash-in-the-pan idea. Its continued use in the classroom allows teachers to see into student thinking and therefore reinforce math concepts so students will be successful.

The numeracy assessment facilitators will introduce an assessment tool that allows for easier math data collection. Facilitators will model the assessment tool with participants.


Our Language Comes from the Land

Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Centennial 8

Target Audience: Language Teachers, Land-Based Instructors, Anyone Wanting to Learn

Presenters: Elder Lizette Denechezhe, Agnes Carlson


Our language and culture, when combined, are about balance and harmony. In moving forward with language revitalization efforts, it is important to remember language is a tool to communicate with. New teaching methods, like Total Physical Response for language learning, can be woven into everyday learning with children. Elder Denechezhe will share her experiences of teaching Dene skills, infused with Nuheyatié, when out on the land and at seasonal culture camps.


Preschool Learning Environments and Culture, Part 1 and 2

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 3 (Part 1)

Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Centennial 3 (Part 2)

Target Audience: Early Learning Staff

Presenters: Robin Potter, Tammie Jonasson


Join us to discover new resources and equipment that embrace First Nations knowledge, skills, and values. This presentation will share information to support the third teacher, your environment, by sharing ideas on how to connect the past to the future. Learn about how to enhance your early learning program to reflect your community.


Robotics in the Classroom

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Centennial 3

Target Audience: Science Teachers, Computer Teachers, Educational Assistants, and Other Interested Educators

Presenters: Michael Li, John McLean


Robotics in the classroom is an effective way to build science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles into your curriculum. Students will be encouraged to think critically and develop the confidence needed to solve complex problems in the real world.

With a screwdriver and step-by-step instructions, students can build a robot from scratch, experience the joys of hands-on creation, and develop their logical thinking and design skills. Workshop participants will learn about a variety of robotic machinery and electronic parts and explore the fundamentals of block-based programming. This workshop includes a demonstration of how to code a robot to speak simple sentences in First Nations languages.


The Seven Teachings in the Digital Age: Live Well, Play Well via Scholastic Esports and Minecraft Education

Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 3

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Embassy A

Target Audience: Grade 6–8 (Middle Years) Teachers

Presenter: Karl Hildebrandt


Participants will understand how the Seven Teachings are vital in the digital age, given student navigation and interactions in online, virtual worlds. Using video games, educators can provide authentic learning experiences for students that highlight traditional ways of knowing and doing, as well as local culture. This presentation will demonstrate how the Seven Teachings are examples to follow within the world of scholastic esports and digital game-based learning. Attendees are encouraged to bring their devices (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) so they can join the interactive portions of the presentation.


Teaching Language and Culture through Storytelling with Puppets


Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Embassy C

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Embassy C

Target Audience: Everyone

Presenters: Sylvia Anderson, Marsha Blacksmith, Paula Parisien


First Nations languages and cultures contain the teachings needed to survive and thrive, even as we face life’s hurdles. First Nations languages are the foundation of culture. Puppetry and dramatic play encourage free expression of language and culture in the classroom. Teaching strategies will be demonstrated, and participants will be given the opportunity to create their own stories and incorporate puppetry into their presentations.


Teaching Treaties in the Classroom K–12


Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Wellington Room B

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers

Presenters: Cynthia Bird, Amanda Simard


This workshop provides an overview on the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba’s Teaching about the Numbered Treaties in the classroom is important for students to learn about First Nations perspectives on the Treaties and the contemporary issues within the Canada–First Nations Treaty relationship. Educators will receive an introduction to the resources that have been developed to support Treaty education implementation in their schools, as well as additional supports available at the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.


Two-Eyed Seeing through Storytelling and Songs

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Embassy A

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, Elders, First Nations Members

Presenters: Jason Bone, Alberto Mansilla, Brenda Daniels


Two-Eyed Seeing, or Etuaptmumk, refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous Knowledge and philosophies and from the other eye, using the ideas of Western knowledge and ways of knowing. This workshop will focus on how to bring these worldviews together for the benefit of all. Storytelling and songs will be a big part of the presentation. For educators, songs can be an additional language resource that many students enjoy. The work of ethnomusicologists Lynn Whidden and Frances Densmore will be briefly discussed.


Yoga for Everyone


Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Centennial 9

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 3

Target Audience: Everyone

Presenters: Anne Rundle


If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Learn some basics about breathing, yoga poses, and meditation. Discover some of the shared teachings and philosophies between yoga and our ways. We will also discuss the benefits of yoga and how you can incorporate wellness into your daily life.


Balanced Literacy, Part 1 and Part 2 (Two 75-Minute Sessions)


Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 4 (Part 1)

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Centennial 4 (Part 2)

Target Audience: Early Years to Senior High Teachers, Educational Assistants, Administrators, Inclusive Education Workers, Jordan’s Principle Workers

Presenters: Darcy-Anne Thomas, Brenda Delorme, Bonnie Monias


This two-part workshop gives an overview on how to create a balanced approach to literacy programming and instruction. The first session reviews balanced literacy instruction, including explanation and discussion of phonological and phonemic awareness, the Alphabetic Code, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension.

In the second session, participants explore phonological and phonemic awareness and the Alphabetic Code in more depth, including how these topics connect to curriculum. Classroom applications and strategies will be modelled, and hands-on activities will make the sessions fun and informative.

Building the URIS Nurse Program through First Nations Teachings


Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Embassy C

Target Audience: All

Presenters: Frances Desjarlais, Marion Boulanger, Shannon Turtle


This workshop aims to: (1) discuss nurses’ perspectives and lived experiences in navigating Western and Indigenous nursing views of nursing; (2) translate the Seven Sacred Teachings and show how they apply to MFNERC’s URIS (Unified Referral and Intake System) nurse program; (3) strengthen identity and apply cultural practices to the nursing role; and (4) discuss how a child’s teachers and caregivers can include cultural teachings and support understanding of health care conditions.


Connecting Early Learning Environments

Session 4, October 7, 9:15–10:25, Carlton Room

Target Audience: Nursery and Kindergarten Teachers, Educational Assistants, Resource Teachers, Principals, Education Directors

Presenters: Jennifer Waytiuk, Jessica Daniels


Starting a new school year in an unfamiliar setting can be overwhelming for some children, causing a stress response. When learning environments are designed to be welcoming and inclusive, learning happens naturally. It is an educator’s responsibility to create an environment that reflects local teachings and supports student relationships with the land in new and creative ways. This will help students develop knowledge, skills, and pride in who they are.

In this workshop, presenters will share the importance of observation, self-regulation, and co-regulation for nurturing relationships. They will also share teaching strategies to set the stage for learning.


Counselling Strategies Using a First Nations Approach


Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Carlton Room

Target Audience: Teachers, Students, Administrators

Presenter: Tina Cook-Martin


This workshop is about mindfulness and counselling strategies using a First Nations approach. The presentation will include information on mindfulness, sensory and guided meditation, and visual imagery from a First Nations perspective. Counselling strategies incorporating traditional practices such as the Medicine Wheel/balance wheel, sharing circles, the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and peacemaking models will also be discussed.


Cree Night Sky Stories

Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Wellington Room B

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 7

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 7

Target Audience: Educators

Presenter: Richard Keeper, Jason Bone


This workshop focuses on the revitalization of Cree star knowledge. It will include interviews with Cree Elders and lessons on creating programming around traditional Cree stories and star knowledge and how this knowledge intersects with Western science. The workshop will involve a mobile planetarium. The goal of the workshop is for more people to develop a meaningful connection to the stars.


Deaf Culture with Land-Based Learning

Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Embassy C

Target Audience: Anyone Interested in Learning More about Deaf Culture and ASL

Presenters: Vernon Jebb, Destiny Cordell, Emil Easter


This workshop explores Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL). Is ASL a universal language? What is Plains Indian Sign Language and its history? Presenters will share an ASL story signed by an ASL support worker. To end the session, presenters will teach attendees “land-based” sign language to end the session. Mary Lou Pierrard (teacher of the Deaf) and Signe Badger (teacher of the Deaf) will be joining us.


Education Programming Initiatives


Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Embassy F

Target Audience: Everyone

Presenters: Andy Thomas, Rachel Erickson


This workshop will highlight some of MFNERC’s language and culture initiatives, such as the Community Histories and the Grassroots Elders and Role Models poster projects. The Manitoba Museum will share some of its recent projects, including Indigenous language resource development, exhibitions, and community collaborations.



Finding Our Medicine

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Embassy D

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Centennial 7

Target Audience: All

Presenter: Virginia Birch,


This workshop focuses on learning about ourselves and how trauma and stress—specifically intergenerational trauma—affect our brain and body. It also includes methods for coping with and recovering from trauma and stress. This workshop will provide psychoeducation on these sensitive topics along with positive strategies to support intergenerational healing.


Hearing and Its Role in the Classroom


Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Carlton Room

Target Audience: Teachers, Resource Teachers, Educational Assistants

Presenters: Dr. Arden Brown, Dr. Andrea Richardson-Lipon, Chelsea Alexiuk


Come learn how hearing directly relates to a student’s ability to spell, read, and write. At any given time, educators can have a student with hearing loss in the classroom. This could be permanent hearing loss or the result of a cold that could last a week or months. Participants will learn to recognize the signs of hearing loss, what to do next, and various ways of being more inclusive of all students.


An Introduction to Story Boxes for Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Embassy C

Target Audience: Resource Teachers, Educational Assistants, Classroom Teachers

Presenter: Christina Valiquette-Kirkness


The purpose of a story box is to create hands-on literacy experiences for children. Educators have long emphasized the importance of tactual exploration (hands-on learning) for young children with visual impairments. This is important for all young children so that they can take in information, build concepts, and further understand their world. Purposeful exploration involves thinking and concept building. Literacy emerges from hands-on experiences for all children.

Sighted children’s experiences are rich with opportunities for learning that often occur by chance. However, children with visual impairments seldom, if ever, take in information accidentally—hence, the importance of hands-on experiences such as story boxes, for young learners with blindness.


Kindergarten to Grade 3 Children’s Literature and Motion


Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 8

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Centennial 8

Target Audience: K–3 Educators

Presenter: Donna Prince


Reading aloud to children has been called the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for success in reading. Reading aloud with children participating actively helps them learn new words, learn more about the world, learn about written language, and see the connection between words that are spoken and words that are written. The purpose of this workshop is to develop fun reading strategies through books, poetry, and song. These strategies can lead to improvements in a child’s emergent literacy skills, such as the acquisition of new vocabulary, letter recognition, or phonological awareness. Early childhood teachers can actively engage children in motion as part of their group reading time or during their routine circle time.


Land-Based Education Support Document for Educators

Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Carlton Room

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 10

Target Audience: All Educators

Presenters: Sophie Boulanger, Diane Powderhorn, Elder Rebecca Ross


The Land-Based Education Support Document for Educators assists all educators in delivering land-based activities. This resource was created with the collaboration of participants from First Nations and MFNERC staff. The document is based on First Nations’ philosophy of the six seasons and the thirteen moons which determine how daily seasonal activities are practised. The resource stresses the importance of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Keepers of the Language being invited to all activities to assist in delivering the teachings and sharing their knowledge along with their expertise of the land.


Managing Behaviour Using Co-Regulation

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 10

Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Centennial 10

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers

Presenters: Bernice Rundle-Hotomani, Brittany Klassen


First Nations teachings remind us to be good guides for our children by modelling acceptable behaviour. This cultural value aligns with the principles of co-regulation. This workshop will teach the tactics of (1) building knowledge, and (2) managing behaviour. Objectives for building knowledge include identifying behaviour as communication, and providing descriptions of self-regulation, dysregulation, and co-regulation. The second tactic is to manage behaviour by practising the three R’s: regulate, relate, and reason.


Our Land Is Our Classroom: Telling the Treaty Story in Our Language


Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Embassy D

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Embassy C

Target Audience: Everyone

Presenters: Elder Harry Bone, Lucy Antsanen


This workshop focuses on the imperative to provide education to First Nations children on the land, using the local language and delivering teachings using First Nations pedagogy. The Elder will provide a balanced perspective, using oral history and the written historical record, to capture the spirit and intent of the Treaties and the Treaty relationship.


Physical Activity, Movement, and Culture: A Journey to Lifelong Wellness from Youth Onward


Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 4

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 4

Target Audience: Teachers, Educational Assistants, Community Members, Physical Education Teachers

Presenters: Joe Robertson, Christina Keeper, Priscilla Flett


Motor skills like jumping and catching are important for children to develop from early childhood through their youth. Children acquire motor skills through practice and through play while learning from parents, siblings, and community members. This workshop covers specific examples of traditional activities and how they relate to motor skills, which become more meaningful to culture and community.


Rekindle Mino-Bimaadiziwin in an Anishinaabe Philosophy

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Wellington Room B

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Wellington Room B

Target Audience: Everyone

Presenters: Judy Doolittle, Curtis Nepinak, Cynthia Desjarlais, Brenda Daniels, Jason Bone


This session will discuss Anishinaabe Peoples’ responsibility to create awareness and provide learning opportunities for youth and young adults to gain knowledge and understanding of cultural practices that bring forth Mino-Bimaadiziwin (a good life). In Ojibwe society, there are traditional practices that support inner strength, well-being, and taking care of oneself through ceremonies.

The workshop hopes to rekindle a fresh understanding of how to find and maintain Mino-Bimaadiziwin while incorporating the elements of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Traditional practices will be shared, and a panel of traditional Knowledge Keepers will be in attendance for a question-and-answer period.


The Role of First Nations Education Administrators in Supporting the Preservation and Revitalization of First Nation Languages and Cultures


Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Embassy A
Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Centennial 4

Target Audience: First Nations Education Directors, School Principals, Vice-Principals, Classroom Teachers

Presenter: Davin Dumas


Language and culture have always been a priority for First Nations, but teaching these subjects in the classroom can be difficult. First Nations students are asking more about their history, language, and culture. Schools need to be able to respond in culturally appropriate ways. Education administrators play an important role in supporting preservation and revitalization efforts at the local level.

This workshop will provide information to consider when planning, supporting, and implementing language and culture programming in First Nations schools. Participants will have opportunities to engage in dialogue on what has been working in First Nations and possible ways to overcome barriers.


Student-Specific Planning: Development and Implementation

Session 4, October 7, 9:10–10:25, Embassy D

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Embassy D

Target Audience: Resource Teachers, Administrators, Classroom Teachers, Educational Assistants

Presenters: Elma Arthurson, Charisse Cyr


This workshop provides practical strategies and processes to develop student-specific plans (SSPs). It will explain who needs an SSP, different kinds of plans, and culturally appropriate planning. The session will also address how to develop a collaborative team approach, adaptations, and individualized programming.


Teaching Language, Knowledge, Stories, and Values the First Nations Way Using Puppets

Session 2, October 6, 1:10–2:25, Carlton Room

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 9

Target Audience: Language Teachers, Educational Assistants, Principals

Presenters: John McLean, Steven Leveque


This workshop uses puppets to teach First Nations language, knowledge, skills, and values. Using puppetry, this workshop will express new ways of teaching goals and outcomes so students learn how to be proud of who they are. Puppets and puppeteers will be speaking in both English and Ojibwe.


Trauma and the Brain: Using Nurturing Relationships to Help Students Thrive

Session 1, October 6, 10:45–12:00, Embassy D

Session 5, October 7, 10:45–12:00, Centennial 9

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers

Presenters: Erin Paupanekis, Jessica Murray, Brandee Albert


This workshop focuses on the impact that trauma can have on the developing brain and its effect on learning and behaviour. It will also delve into how to support students impacted by trauma by building positive relationships. Educators will gain a better understanding of the science behind trauma so that they can uncover their students’ strengths in the classroom. Nurturing positive relationships with students is the first step to revealing and reviving their gifts.


Understanding the Nature of First Nations Ceremony

Session 3, October 6, 2:45–4:00, Centennial 7

Session 6, October 7, 1:10–2:25, Centennial 4

Target Audience: Educational Team

Presenter: Cherie Francois


For those who have experienced ceremony, whether it be a Sundance, Sweat Lodge, round dance, or powwow, there is an understanding that participants leave with feelings of happiness, contentment, and wholeness. The original people of the land understood the importance of harmony and balance within each quadrant of the Medicine Wheel: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Ceremony can penetrate the guarded nature of an individual; ceremony should connect them to the teachings of life. This presentation discusses the deep nature of ceremony and how it relates to education, science, and community life.



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