MFNERC – FNCKP Workshop Descriptions 2019


2019 FNCKP Workshop Descriptions

Please note: descriptions, times and locations are subject to change.



Anishinaabe Creation Story

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

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Centennial 9

Presenter: Donna Beach

Audience: all

Donna Beach’s work as a Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategies (MALS) contractor required her to survey Aboriginal language teachers in Manitoba to research what is needed in assisting them to implement their own language programs. This research resulted in a report titled MALS Survey-Highlights 2015–2016. One recommendation from the research indicates that “the Elders who are the Knowledge Keepers also play an important role with regard to culture. They can teach future generations about the importance of culture, offer cultural teachings, and conduct ceremonies ” (p.13).

As a result, Beach developed a PowerPoint presentation to show how one can incorporate the Ojibwe language with culture. This PowerPoint presentation will walk participants through chapter one of Edward Benton-Banai’s book titled The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway, which explains how life came to be from an Ojibwe perspective.





Ask Your Teacher to Take You Outside

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

Session 3, October 4, 9:10 am – 10:25 am     Centennial 8

Presenters: Virginia Moose, Deborah Tegg, Arlene Flatfoot, Donna Prince

Audience: all

The purpose of this session is to engage participants in a hands-on land-based activity called “Ask Your Teacher to Take You Outside.” This activity incorporates the new ELA curriculum, reading apprenticeship, and the reading and writing continuums.

Throughout this workshop participants will observe and experience reading apprenticeship think-aloud strategies through individual, pair-share, and whole group analysis. During this analysis, the four ELA practices of language as a system, language as sense making, language as exploration and design, and language of power and agency will be identified.

The facilitators will demonstrate how to use the reading and writing continuums effectively to determine student success.




Circles of Fatherhood: Part l

Session 3, October 4, 9:10 am – 10:25           Embassy C & D

Presenters: Audrey Fourre, Holly Fontaine, Jessica Daniels (née Chisholm), Rhonda Cook

Audience: early years teachers, language and culture teachers

This workshop will provide participants with hands-on learning by making a six-foot teepee. The knowledge shared will be easily transferable into a classroom setting. As the poles are set-up, the Cree language will be used in instruction. A description of the Seven Sacred Laws will be shared and practised. Within the teepee a tikinagan, swing, and their teachings will be interpreted.




Circles of Fatherhood: Part ll

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Embassy C & D

Presenters: Audrey Fourre, Holly Fontaine, Jessica Daniels (née Chisholm), Rhonda Cook

Audience: males and fathers working in the school

Fathers and positive male role models play a significant role in the experiences that children have in school. When children have access to fathers who are involved in their education, research predicts that academic success improves.

This workshop will highlight some of the ways fathers can help schools’ youngest learners grow. Using the making of a miniature tikinagan, presenters will share how impactful the men in our schools and communities are, and the role that they play in creating strong First Nations children.




Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Learning through iPad Applications: Keynote and iMovie

Session 5, October 4, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Embassy C & D

Presenters: Brenda Delorme, Bonnie Monias

Audience: educators, educational assistants

This workshop will review how to use Keynote and iMovie applications so that participants can collect and document evidence of land-based learning using photographs or video.




Cree Language Learning Centers

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Centennial 8

Session 5, October 4, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 8

Presenters: Marsha Blacksmith, Charity Cooper

Audience: all

This workshop will introduce and demonstrate the Cree Language through learning centres in some subject areas, including math, science, ELA, and fun and games.

First Nations languages are a connection to our livelihood and weave together in all aspects of our daily lives, whether it is land, home, or social events. We need to encourage First Nations to speak our traditional languages to connect with others socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally.




Enhancing Literacy through the Mediation of Storytelling

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

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Centennial 3

Presenters: June Montour, Paula Parisien, Sylvia Sinclair

Audience: grades N–4 teachers

Participants will have the opportunity to choose and keep a collection of First Nations children’s books to be used in the development of a theme unit using the Enhancing Literacy through the Mediation of Storytelling kit. An instructional video and planning chart will be included to help participants create a culturally relevant theme unit for students in grades N–4.




First Nations Traditional Games to Teach Math and Science

Session 3, October 4, 9:10 am – 10:25 am     Centennial 5

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

Presenters: Norbert Mercredi, Michael Li

Audience: all

Come and learn how Norbert Mercredi, a Physical Education & Health Program facilitator, integrates the First Nations Games into the Physical Education & Health Program throughout MFNERC schools. Here, students play the traditional games in their gym classes. Through learning and practising the games, students have the opportunity to learn the culture and history of First Nations. Students also gain a practical feel for how balance, speed, momentum, and heart rate can help them to better understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

To compliment Norbert’s work, Michael Li, Science & Technology facilitator, will demonstrate the STEM concepts in these games, while also presenting on how to teach these concepts in middle school science, mathematics, high school physics, high school applied math, and pre-calculus.




Fractions, Decimals, and Per cents for a Lifetime

Session 1, October 3, 1:10 – 2:25 pm             Centennial 3

Presenter: Chun Ong

Audience: grades K–12 teachers

Research shows that fractions—along with decimals and per cents—are difficult for teachers to teach, while also difficult for students to learn. Similar research shows that for most people, problems with teaching and learning fraction concepts and skills often persist through to adulthood. This workshop will focus on the everyday use of fractions, in conjunction with decimals and per cents, in a real-life environment, which includes all of the integrated classroom settings.

Please come to this hands-on workshop session to have your fears of fractions, along with decimals and per cents, lifted or even removed!




Giving Voice to the Land: The Camp Morning Star Experience

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Embassy A & B

Session 5, October 4, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Embassy A & B

Presenters: Lisa Raven, M.J. McCarron, Marcel Hardisty, Youth Land Defenders

Audience: land-based educators

Educators will learn how language, ceremony, and land-based learning contribute to youth activism. Giving voice to the land involves creating an understanding that the land is inherent to an Indigenous worldview, as expressed through language. It also provides opportunities for youth to make a connection to the land through ceremony and traditional practices, including medicine gathering and trapping. More, giving voice also provides youth with skills and opportunities to advocate for the land in the community and beyond. It also integrates modern technology, such as drones, social media, and networking to reach diverse audiences.

Camp Morning Star will share strategies and inspirational stories from over two hundred days defending Sacred Land from being developed into a silica sand mine.




Healthy Teen Dating Relationships

Session 3, October 4, 9:10 am – 10:25 am     Embassy E & F

Presenters: Cathy Menard, Albert McLeod

Audience: educators, curriculum developers

This workshop is geared to inform educators and community leaders about the health wellness topic of teen dating violence (TDV) Prevention and the development of a new Indigenous-embedded curriculum through the UMatter Project from Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. Piloting in the fall of 2019, this multi-session Indigenous-learning curriculum will test a promising best practice delivery model. Learning outcomes are to provide information about this new Indigenous curriculum and its content. We will outline the curriculum content, engage in interactive TDV learning exercises, and apply this knowledge to a First Nations context.




Indigenous Food Sovereignty & Food Security – Language Is Health

Session 2, October 3, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm       Centennial 3

Presenter: Byron Beardy

Audience: educators, resource staff

Four Arrows Regional Health Authority (FARHA) has become a leader with issues surrounding all of Manitoba’s First Nations Food Security. FARHA has become the first point of contact because of their work and will continue to work towards increasing food security for First Nations communities in Manitoba towards restoring our food sovereignty.

This presentation will give a brief overview of FARHA’s Kimeechiminan (Our Food) – Food Security Program and survey of the community-based projects across Manitoba’s northern First Nations, ranging from raising backyard chickens and turkeys, gathering, traditional practices, and creating a local food enterprise.

With Kimeechiminan’s work, we want to reignite the fire within our people to reconnect with their food systems and incorporate historic and cultural food practices.




Land-Based Education for All

Session 5, October 4, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 5

Presenter: Lyle Wood

Audience: educators, directors

This workshop will explore the different types of land-based programs that are currently operating in different schools and geographical areas. There is a growing need to establish land-based programs in an educational setting. This workshop will provide an opportunity for educators to come together and create a network of support to start a land-based education program that fits in the community and geographical area. The examples of different land-based education programs will give a different perspective about land-based education. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in an activity that can be used in a classroom.




Land-Based Education: Embracing the Rhythms of the Earth

Session 2, October 3, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm       Centennial 5

Presenters: Dr. Herman J. Michell

Audience: all

Come and learn about the connection between land-based education, language, and learning from a Woodland Cree perspective. Influenced by ancestral teachings that stem from a long line of land-based Peoples that occupy northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Dr. Michell uses the Six Seasons of trappers, hunters, fish harvesters, and gatherers as a curriculum framework to develop activities that reinforce mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical development.

Dr. Michell shares how land-based education provides a life-giving force that is critical to decolonization and survival of the Cree and Dene peoples. The land is both teacher and healer. The speaker understands the importance of sharing underlying philosophical teachings of First Nations Peoples while making links with Elders, local communities, worldview, languages, values, stories, and cultural life-ways and through contemporary subjects.




Land-Based Education: A Teacher Support Document for Educators

Session 3, October 4, 9:10 am – 10:25 am     Embassy A & B

Presenters: Rebecca Ross, Sophie Boulanger, Diane Powderhorn

Audience: Elders, educators, parents, community members

This presentation will focus on our land-based document, A Teacher Support Document for Educators, which is a collection of unit and lesson plans compiled by northern and southern Manitoba Elders, Knowledge Keepers, land-based educators, language teachers, and MFNERC staff. This document will support, encourage, and guide teachers, learners, and community members in practising the ancestral teachings and survival skills with all age groups.

A Teacher Support Document for Educators centres its outcomes in a First Nations perspective by embedding the holistic values and use of five First Nations languages of Manitoba—Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibwe, Ojibwe-Cree. The resource focuses on the Thirteen (13) Moon Calendar, a First Nations ancestral way of learning and living on the land.

A Dene land-based dish will be demonstrated and sampled with the participants.




Language, Land, and Learning in Our First Nations Schools

Session 1, October 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Embassy C & D

Session 2, October 3,  2:45 pm – 4:00 pm      Embassy C & D

Presenters: Olga McIvor, Judy Doolittle, Darcy-Anne Thomas

Audience: educators, partners in grades N–12 education

In recent decades, the revitalization of Indigenous languages has been identified as a human right. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019).One of the goals of this initiative is to preserve Indigenous languages by creating access to education, information, and knowledge about Indigenous languages. From a teaching perspective, it is essential that all teachers take interest in their students’ first languages. This is important, whether or not the teacher is responsible for language instruction. To these ends, facilitators will explore vital components of language instruction, including land-based education. This will be an informative and interactive workshop for all administrators, educators, and assistants in First Nations systems.




Learn in Beauty: Total Physical Response Workshop

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

Presenter: Agnes Carlson

Audience: language instructors, advocates, young parents, anyone wanting to learn their ancestral language

During this workshop, we will introduce and demonstrate the Total Physical Response (TPR) method, which is a language revitalization model to help with language learning and speaking skills. Similar to all tools, it is most effective when correctly used in the target language. TPR is a methodology that involves learning the language in various learning environments, including language camps, cultural camps, and language nests. TPR is a methodology of progressive learning experiences and language acquisition levels developed with language immersion school. These learning experiences are effective in Canada, the United States, and other counties worldwide. There is also an advanced level in TPR, which involves a fully immersive environment, where learners progress towards fluency.




Mikisew Shkeenjeick (Eagle Eye): A First Nations Assessment Bundle of Text Reading for Classroom Teachers Featuring Eaglecrest Books

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

Presenters: Gloria D. Sinclair, Irene Huggins

Audience: teachers, administrators, directors

MFNERC presents the first of its kind—a presentation of a leading-edge First Nations reading assessment tool! In this session, presenters will introduce this new assessment bundle that was developed using Eaglecrest Books. Eaglecrest Books were carefully selected, as they reflect First Nations culture through authentic photographs, along with factual stories of children using their real names and events. Eaglecrest author Lorraine Adams agreed to revise some texts to support the reading of meaningful continuous text. Running Record forms were then developed, and all were reflective of revisions. First Nations children can now see a reflection of themselves while being assessed! This means that teachers can now gather unbiased information to record each student’s reading to then determine each student’s strengths and needs in reading based on familiar items from mino-pimatisiwin.




Preparation for Total Living: Mamawi Opikiwawasotan

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Embassy E & F

Presenters: George Ross, Sandy Robinson

Audience: all

An Elder was asked, “Why are many of our young people so disoriented today, with so many challenges that hinder their journey to mino-pimatisiwin? Why do they bring harm to their body, mind, and spirit?” The Elder’s response to this question was, “Minoayawin means wellness of body, mind, and spirit; if you want our children to be well again, take them on the land and teach them their language. They are searching for an identity and a sense of belonging, but many are finding harm instead.”

This interactive session will explore a profound statement from the late Chief Dan George:

There is a longing in my heart of my people to reach and grasp that which is needed for survival.          There is a longing among the young of my nation to secure themselves and their people the skills that   will provide them with a sense of worth and purpose. They will be our new warriors. Their training                 will be longer and more demanding then it was in the olden days. The long years of study will          demand more determination, separation from home and family will demand endurance. But they         will emerge with their hands held forward to grasp the place in society that is rightfully theirs.

This workshop will share about how to begin to create a transformative education or support system in our communities that will prepare our children for total living. What does this system look like? Conference delegates will have an opportunity to discuss and begin the creation of this system. Meskanow, the path to minoayawin, will be based on the foundation of language and culture.




Revitalizing Our Languages Using Technology: Digital Storytelling and Photo Essays

Session 2, October 3, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm       Centennial 4

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

Presenters: Karen Taylor, Shawna Spence

Audience: all

Digital storytelling is about bringing together stories—imagery, voice, and music—into media-rich presentations. Photo essays are a series of photos that tell a story. Storytelling provides students with opportunities to express their ideas, stretching their creativity. Using a variety of tools, students of all ages can combine images, video, audio, and more to create their own videos and books.

During this hands-on workshop, we will explore a variety of ways that digital storytelling and photo essays can be used to enhance and preserve First Nations languages. Participants will be provided with an iPad to practice using apps (e.g., camera, photo, and clips) to create stories. Participants can also bring their own iPads.




Robotics and Coding

Session 1, October 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 4

Presenters: John McLean, Michael Li

Audience: all

This workshop will focus on robotics and the coding language within Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum guidelines. This coding language is a new language accessible for all students in the classroom and school (drag and drop).

ICT include computers, laptops, digital cameras, video cameras, digital microscopes, scanners, cell phones, electronic games, digital audio devices, global positioning systems, electronic whiteboards, and the Internet. ICTs in the classroom will continue to evolve as new technologies emerge over time.

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Seven Oaks School Division: Building Student Success with Indigenous Parents

Session 5, October 4, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 9

Presenters: Margaret Park School, Elwick School, Riverbend School, Seven Oaks Elders-in-Residence Elder Mary Courchene & Elder Dan Thomas

Audience: all

In this session, Riverbend School, Elwick School, and Margaret Park School will share school and community initiatives to promote and infuse Indigenous education into the K–8 curriculum.

Riverbend School is home to our Ojibwe Bilingual Program. The K–5 dual track program offers 50 per cent of their school day instruction in Ojibwe language and 50 per cent in English. This program is revitalizing and preserving Indigenous language through culture—it blends the past with present to centre on strength, opportunity, and a bolder presence of Indigenous peoples in the future. This past summer we hosted our forth Ojibwe Language Summer Camp, which is open to all students and families in the division. We will share insights into what is key for promoting and teaching Ojibwe language in schools.

Elwick School and Margaret Park School have been recipients of the Building Student Success with Indigenous Parents (BSSIP) grant for over 10 years. Both schools have been fostering and facilitating Indigenous education through land, language, and culture. They will each share the journey they have been on in in promoting Indigenous ways of being and learning in their schools with staff, students, and families.




Seven Oaks School Division: Infusing Indigenous Ways of Being and Learning

Session 1, October 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 9

Presenters: Alexis Nazeravich, Kimberley Embleton, Lavina Moneyas, Seven Oaks Elders-in- Residence Elder Mary Courchene & Elder Dan Thomas

Audience: all

In this session, Seven Oaks School Division will share our collective Journey to Truth and Reconciliation. We will share three divisional initiatives that promote and infuse Indigenous education into the K–12 curriculum.

Ozhaawashkwaa AnimikiiBineshi Aki Onji Kinimaagae’ Inun (Blue Thunderbird Land-Based Learning Centre) is a land-based teachings centre on 49-acres in Seven Oaks School Division. It allows K–12 students the opportunity to share in land stewardship actions and engage in land-based learning, fostering a connection to land, language, and culture. We are conserving Indigenous plants and facilitating land-based education with the support of our Elders, sweat lodge, teepee, fire, and outdoor teaching circle.

Our Indigenous Cultural Education Course has been established to help reconnect Indigenous youth to the teaching of their families and communities. We will share the creation and purpose of this course and its connection to traditional and modern Indigenous pedagogies. Through participation in this course, students move closer towards their goal of high school completion and have opportunities to transform and heal their own lives.




Thinking through Place and Land: A Theoretical Connection to Land-Based Education and Cultural Ways

Session 5, October 4, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 4

Presenters: Doris Der, Craig Charbonneau Fontaine

Audience: all

This presentation will focus of various theories and experiential knowledge developed by known First Nations scholars and educators. The theories and ideas presented will help presenters and their students understand the underlining reasons and protocols behind sacred land, customs, and codes of behaviour.




Treaty Education: Relationships to Land, Peoples, Language, and Culture

Session 1, October 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Centennial 8

Presenters: Elder Harry Bone, Council of Elders, AMC and TRCM & Loretta Ross, Treaty Commissioner, TRCM

Audience: K–12 classroom teachers, school administrators, education authority/school board members, Elders

Treaty education is about land, language, culture, and relationships to each other and all of Creation. It is about sharing these teachings with educators to help them see the importance and connection to language retention and teaching young learners both on the land and in the classroom.

Elder Bone will speak about the connection between the spirit and intent of Treaty-making to First Nations Peoples’ relationship to land, language, culture, and teachings. He will look at the importance of sharing these teachings on the land and in classrooms.

Treaty Commissioner Loretta Ross will explore the importance of the historical Treaty relationship and why these original teachings remain relevant to the contemporary Treaty relationship and First Nations language retention.




Walk-through Machine Learning Using Google Collaboratory

Session 4, October 4, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm   Centennial 4

Presenter: Alberto Mansilla

Audience: educators

Machine learning is a data analytics technique that teaches computers to do what comes naturally to humans and animals—learn from experience.

A machine learns by searching for patterns amongst big data loads, and the moment it sees one, it would readily make the necessary programming adjustment to reflect its version of truth. The more time and data you expose the machine to, the smarter it gets. And when the machine walk through a number of designated patterns, it will give appropriate predictions.




Year Three of the Manitoba First Nations School System: Showcasing, Sharing, and Celebrating!

Session 1, October 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm       Embassy E & F

Session 2, October 3, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm       Embassy E & F

Presenters: MFNERC directors, MFNSS staff, school administrators

Audience: all

Now in its third year of operation, the MFNSS is the actualization of MFNERC’s Vision which states, “Support First Nations to develop and implement a comprehensive holistic educational system inclusive of First Nations languages, worldviews, values, beliefs and traditions with exemplary academic standards, under First Nations jurisdiction.”

This session will provide information on what the MFNSS has been doing and how we are doing, and will showcase successes as we approach mid-way in the Education Governance Agreement. In this session we will provide data results and innovative school programs in the MFNSS. MFNSS school administrators will share their stories, perspectives, and reflections on how being a part of MFNSS has impacted their school.

As part of this session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions from MFNSS staff and school staff on various programs, practices, and approaches that exemplify how we are working towards fulfilling the vision and mission of MFNERC.