MFNERC is proud to present this year’s Lighting the Fire Conference on May 11-13, 2022 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg.


This year’s theme is Every Child Has a Gift: Nurturing Students with the Tools to Thrive


Every child has a gift. These words reflect First Nations values, beliefs, and traditions. Discovering and acknowledging children’s gifts often begins at the time of their first steps. As a result, individuals, families, and Nations thrive. This year’s Lighting the Fire (LTF) conference will explore the tools, resources, and teaching approaches that help students flourish.

Educators want to provide more than curriculum lessons to help students achieve academic success. Several strategies can help students regain their confidence, get excited about learning, and begin the process of reclaiming optimism in a post-pandemic world. Nurturing students to bring out their best can be achieved through tutoring, after-school programs, recovery classes, and accelerated lesson plans. These tools are all found in school, at home, or on the land.

Many students have struggled to adapt to remote and isolated learning over the past few years. Educational leadership is determined to provide support, so students feel safe at school, have good relationships with their peers, and develop the confidence and resilience they need to succeed academically and in life. As things begin to change again, schools have a unique opportunity to move forward in innovative ways. MFNERC will help achieve this goal by offering ongoing supports and training.

LTF conference presentations and discussions will focus on strengthening our schools into the future. In First Nations societies, where land and home are the lifelong learning environments for children and young people, daily expressions of love and connectedness are nurtured inherently through language and cultural practice. The conference workshops will resonate with the importance of First Nations languages and cultures to strengthen student identity and encourage their gifts.



Please note: Registration limit has been set at 1,200 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

Lighting the Fire Talent Contest 2022

The LTF Talent Contest celebrates the belief that every child has a gift. This contest involves expressing yourself and discovering and revealing your talents. Everyone has a gift. What is your gift?

Through this contest, students can participate in the conference in an enjoyable and challenging way. Have fun displaying your artwork, dance, singing, or other creative skill in a video or photo. Aim to include your language and culture!


Participants: Open to students attending an MFNERC affiliated school.

Submission Process: Record a video or take a photo of your talent with the help of a teacher or friend. Post your video/photos on MFNERC social media platforms: Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter. Make sure to tag @mfnerc, adding the hashtag #LTF2022.


We will post the submissions of the contest winners and honourable mentions on our social media platforms. A panel of MFNERC educators and other staff will judge the submissions. Winners will be announced at the LTF Conference, May 11–13, 2022.


Simon Bird – Keynote and Master of Ceremonies
May 11, 2022

Simon Bird can speak a range of Cree dialects. He is originally from Southend Reindeer Lake, in northeast Saskatchewan. Simon holds a master’s degree in Education and in Northern Governance and Development. His passion has always been to help others learn and connect to their language. Simon is the founder of #CreeSimonSays, a hugely popular and successful social media-based language revitalization initiative. #CreeSimonSays offers a fresh, unique – and highly engaging — way of teaching Indigenous languages. If you are a language teacher in a school, a language teacher in a community, teaching an Indigenous language via social media or learning from social media or apps, you will want to take notes during this presentation.

Walking Wolf Ray ‘Coco’ Stevenson & The Walking Wolf Singers & Dancers
May 11, 2022

Composer, singer and drummer Waking Wolf Ray ‘Coco’ Stevenson has released seven albums over the years and has performed off and on with the award-winning band Eagle & Hawk for more than 20 years. Ray collaborates regularly with different artists in a variety of music genres and has performed with the WSO on more than one occasion. For over 20 years, Ray has facilitated powwow clubs, educating people of all ages on Indigenous song and dance. He currently facilitates powwow clubs at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.

Tasha Spillett-Sumner – Keynote
May 12, 2022

Tasha Spillett-Sumner draws her strength from both her Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls. Tasha is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education through the University of Saskatchewan, where she holds a Vanier Canada Award. Tasha has experience working in the school system as a classroom teacher, and she is also asked to work with educators on increasing their understandings of Indigenous peoples. Tasha is also actively involved in the development of Indigenous Education policies and curriculum and shares her traditional knowledge and educational pedagogy with school divisions and the community. Her picture book, I Sang You Down from the Stars, about a Cree woman preparing for motherhood, made The New York Times best seller list.

To find out more:

Leonard Sumner
May 12, 2022

Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter Leonard Sumner’s storytelling flows directly from the shores of the Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in the heart of the Interlake of Manitoba.  

Sumner’s self-determined sound is evidence of his ability to simultaneously occupy landscapes of multiple musical genres including Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Country, and Rhythm and Blues. 

With every vibration of the strings on his guitar, Leonard rattles the dust-off truths that have been buried for far too long. In this era of unsettling history and healing wounds of the past, Sumner’s music is an expression of medicine that walks the line between fortitude and fragility.

To find out more:


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:
LTF 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: $500
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
    • Credit card payment can be made by contacting Carla Cook at OR
    • by calling 204-594-1290 ext.2245
  • Cash
    • All cash payments will need to paid in person at 2-1100 Waverley Street, Winnipeg MB


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



Language Acquisition for Second -Language Speakers

Session 1, May 11, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Centennial 5

Target Audience: additional language speakers and learners, language instructors

Presenter(s): Judy Doolittle, Brenda Daniels, Betsy Mazawasicuna, Michael Li

Embedded in First Nations languages are teachings on ways of knowing, being, and doing while having a balanced way of life and a connection to identity. This session provides an overview of language instruction programs, such as land-based, language nest, immersion, bilingual, dual language, and mentor-apprentice programs. These programs have been successful in language acquisition for all levels of learners. The workshop will introduce Total Physical Response, an approach to teaching an additional language based on listening and linking words to physical activities.


Sekwi Beghanota: Children Are Loved

Session 1, May 11, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Embassy C

Presenters: Jessie Thomas, Diane Powderhorn, Lucy Antsanen

Abstract: From the Dene Perspective

Identity – Culture – Language – History – Timeline

Our Elders tell us, “We have to know where we come from in order to know where we are going.”

We invite you to come explore with us how we can bring our children back to the fold – back to who they are supposed to be.

Who are you?

Where do you come from?

What nation and language group do you come from?

Who are your parents and where do they come from?


Interact with VIBOT – Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate’s Virtual Teacher

Session 1, May 11, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Embassy D and E;
Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Embassy C and D;
Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Embassy C and D

Target Audience: educators, administration, parents/guardians, students

Presenter(s): Erin Gauthier, Vibhu Vashisht

Experience a virtual lesson led by VIBOT, the Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate’s (WVC) virtual teacher. Attendees will experience various engagement tools WVC teachers use to engage and excite their students. This will be a live, hands-on tour of the virtual classroom within the first virtual high school in Manitoba.


Publish Your Students’ Writing!

Session 2, May 11, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Embassy D and E

Target Audience: educators

Presenter(s): Darcy-Anne Thomas, Marsha Blacksmith, Donna Prince

Through expression, children reveal their thoughts, ideas, understandings, and opinions, and in doing so, they also reveal their many gifts. Becoming a published author is a major achievement for a writer of any age. Two volumes of the anthology Voices of Our Future: Manitoba First Nations Youth Anthology celebrate students’ gifts by publishing their writing. A third volume of the anthology is being planned. In this hands-on workshop, facilitators use student writing samples to demonstrate several instructional strategies for guided writing.


Gifts from Mother Earth

Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Centennial 1, 2, and 3

Target Audience: teachers, outdoor educators

Presenter(s): Brenda Gaudry

Learn about First Nations’ traditional practices of harvesting plants from Mother Earth and protocols related to sustainable harvesting methods. This session explains how our students have learned about our culture and how this knowledge has instilled pride; they are eager to learn more. Using sustainable methods, students harvest and prepare a variety of plants for gift boxes. The gift boxes are an art project that students paint. A booklet included in these boxes educates those who receive them. The boxes are gifted to our Elders and to special guests who present at our school.


Recognizing First Nations’ Spiritual Education

Session 2, May 11, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Carlton Room
Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Centennial 6

Target Audience: classroom teachers, educational assistants, parents/guardians

Presenter(s): Cherie Francois

Since the residential school era, spirituality and education have always been seen as two separate entities. But before contact, spirituality was not spirituality at all; it was a way of life. The people of the land were in connection with their complete and total environment, which included Creator and all the Grandfather and Grandmother Spirits. At that time, there was no separation from Creator, as they were one, and therefore, in constant connection with everything. Although the landscapes and environments we live in have changed since then, that connection is still available. This workshop will provide an opportunity to recognize First Nations’ spirituality in education.


Using the Skills We Have: Supporting Mental Health & Holistic Well-Being

Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Embassy D and E

Target Audience: general

Presenter(s): Tishina Shannacappo, Gabrielle Peterson

This presentation focuses on building self-regulation and self-esteem from a First Nations perspective. Participants will look at coping skills and be provided with accessible tools to support their students’ overall mental health and well-being, such as mindful moments (e.g., nature walks, belly laughter), creative practices (e.g., art, music, storytelling), and more.


Planning for Learning in a Multi-Level Classroom

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Centennial 6

Target Audience: resource teachers, classroom teachers, educational assistants, administrators, Jordan’s Principle workers

Presenter(s): Virginia Moose, Jennie Tait, Vera Big George

In this workshop, participants will learn about effective approaches and strategies to promote student learning in multi-level classrooms.


Indigenous and Western Medical Perspectives on URIS Group B Health Conditions

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Centennial 5
Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Centennial 5

Target Audience: school staff, families, Elders, community health program workers

Presenter(s): Frances Desjarlais, Marion Boulanger, Shannon Turtle, Elders Gertie and Bill Ballantyne

This workshop focuses on common health conditions relevant to school-age children. With acceptance, understanding, and support, children with health conditions can thrive within the school environment even while experiencing signs or symptoms of their health condition. The Elders will share their Indigenous knowledge, teachings, and traditional medicines. Western medicine focuses on intervention through medications, surgery, or lifestyle changes, while Indigenous medicine focuses on prevention, incorporating a wholistic approach that includes all aspects of the mind, body, and spirit.


Adventures in Mathematics

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Centennial 1 and 2
Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Centennial 1 and 2

Target Audience: teachers, educational assistants, administrators

Presenter(s) Name: Virginia Birch, Pamela Courchene, Chun Ong

Mathematics is more than just numbers. Come over to the “math side,” we have Pi! Mathematics can be an adventure in which students need their reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as perseverance and curiosity while still having fun. Participants will engage in tasks through a math gallery of hands-on activities for K–12 classrooms. Hand-outs to make and take will be provided to participants.


What’s My Gift? ASL for Positivity

Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Regency Room

Target Audience: classroom teachers, resource teachers, educational assistants

Presenter(s): Destiny Cordell, Vernon Jebb, Emil Easter, Mary Lou Pierrard

High school guest presenter Rubina Little from Garden Hill First Nation High School shares her gifts of ASL and art.


Specialized Education and Clinical Services Parts 1 and 2

Sessions 3 and 4, May 12, 1:10 pm – 4:00 pm, Kensington Room

Target Audience: classroom teachers, educational assistants, parents/guardians

Presenter(s): Specialized educators and clinicians, Tia Nienhuysen

Specialized educators and clinicians from the Resource Centre’s Inclusive Education Services share about their disciplines and how they support students in First Nations schools. Inclusive Education Services includes support for American Sign Language (ASL), Blind and Visual Impairment, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, educational audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, reading clinician, school psychology, speech language pathology, student support, and Unified Referral Intake System (URIS) nurses.


Recovering Student Math Confidence Post-COVID in Grades 1–4

Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Centennial 5

Target Audience: Grade 1–4 teachers

Presenter(s) Name: Liz Barrett, Lauren Hope

Learning has been interrupted by the pandemic, leaving many students feeling hopeless, which can lead to not engaging with their teachers and difficulty concentrating in class. Workshop participants will be introduced to JUMP Math, a registered Canadian charity that has created math teaching supports for classroom instruction to build student confidence. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to recapture the excitement of learning about numbers.


Guided Reading Lessons for First Nations Learners

Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Regency Room
Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Regency Room

Target Audience: K–9 teachers

Presenter(s): Bonnie Monias, Brenda Delorme

Participants will identify the gifts their students bring to their reading by focusing on identity, interests, prior knowledge, key words, and conversation. Using a guided reading lesson plan as a tool, participants will learn how to nurture students to succeed and thrive as readers.


Language and Symbolism in Midewin Teachings

Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Carlton Room

Target audience: general

Presenter(s): Jason Bone

The history of the place name “Manitoba,” or Manitou Abi (Where the Spirit Sits) is connected to the Ojibway Midewin scrolls in nearby Shoal Lake, Ontario. Midewiwin teachings explain the birchbark scrolls were a tool used to pass on knowledge between generations. They are like the pictographs found on rock walls or the contemporary sand teachings that those who go through Midewin for the first time hear about. Dibaajimotaatiwin (stories) are the harness of Nebwaakaawin (knowledge and history).


Cradleboard and Moss Bag – Dikinaagan Zhigo Waabijiipizon Teachings: Ways of Learning, Knowing, and Living Mino Bimaadiziwin

Session 1, May 11, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Carlton Room

Target Audience: teachers, educational assistants, administrators

Presenter(s): Annie Boulanger, Sophie Boulanger, Elder Florence Paynter

This session will outline the cradleboard and moss bag teachings of the Anishinaabe and Cree. The cradleboard (dikinaagan) with the moss bag (dakobidaawi’isiwin/waabijiipizon) is used to transport infants during their first year. Using the cradleboard allows family members to safely carry the infant on their back while completing daily chores and tasks. Participants will design a paper-model moss bag.


Inniwew Matawaywina – First Nations Games

Session 1, May 11, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Centennial 1 and 2
Session 2, May 11, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Centennial 1 and 2

Target Audience: physical education teachers, educational assistants

Presenter(s): Norbert Mercredi

This presentation will focus on the traditional games played by First Nations peoples. Participants will learn the history and geography of various games, interact with the games, and experience physical activities relevant to mino-pimatisiwin—the good life. Attendees will also learn how First Nations value healthy lifestyles as a way of preventing disease and chronic health conditions.


The Pursuit of First Nations Educational Jurisdiction in Manitoba

Session 2, May 11, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Centennial 5

Target Audience: education leaders, administrators, educators  

Presenter(s): Betty Lynxleg

First Nations in Manitoba have a rich history of pursuing jurisdictional reclamation of the education of their people. This workshop provides a brief historical recount of the progress of First Nations in Manitoba to advance jurisdictional recognition for education, and it examines the factors that impede further advancement. Participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the advancement of jurisdictional reclamation of First Nations education in Manitoba from their perspectives of their local education systems.


Ways of Knowing and Growing

Session 2, May 11, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Centennial 3Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Carlton Room

Target Audience: general

Presenter(s): Dawn Flood, Jody Yerlitz, Anne Rundle, Susy Komishin, Jennifer Waytiuk

In all the world there is only one you. You were created as an individual—a unique human being. We must learn to celebrate our knowledge, our skills, and our gifts. We all have different interests and abilities, and we all learn in different ways. We need to nurture and celebrate this in young children.


Outcomes: Students Information Systems Training for Teachers and Administration Staff

Session 2, May 11, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Embassy C;

Target Audience: teachers, information workers, administrators

Presenter(s): Vanessa Sinclair, Chris Guimond

Outcomes is a student information system by Dadavan that tracks student information and grades from early childhood to post-secondary. This workshop covers the use of the Outcomes system and explains how to complete the setup for everyday use.


MFNERC 2022 Virtual Science Fair Poster Presentation

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Embassy D

Target Audience: teachers, school staff 

Presenter(s): Alberto Mansilla, Carrie Fontaine, Jason Bone, selected students

Science fair poster presentations are visual representations of research findings. Using poster presentations along with verbal presenting, students can express what they studied and their findings, and then receive feedback on their work. Four students, carefully chosen from submissions from different First Nations, will present their science projects.


Understanding and Supporting Students with Selective Mutism

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Embassy E

Target Audience: administrators, resource teachers, classroom teachers, support staff, caregivers

Presenter(s): Nicole Buck, Patricia Petti, Brittany Klassen, Crystal Kowalchuk

Every student has a way of communicating and interacting with others that feels most comfortable for them. Selective mutism is a complex condition in which a child does not speak in certain social situations but speaks comfortably in others. It often emerges in the school setting and can be misunderstood by those who work with the student. This workshop is for school staff who want to understand the hopes and fears of a student who does not speak at school. Learn how to help these students move forward through challenges by using their strengths and expanding their skills. Through this interactive workshop, participants will gain a greater understanding of selective mutism and acquire knowledge of contributing and maintaining factors and tools for supporting students with selective mutism.


Empowering Math Operations through Damath

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Carlton Room

Target Audience: K–12 teachers, educational assistants, resource teachers, administrators

Presenter(s): Michael Valdez, Christopher Llave, Fredis Vinza Bautista

Damath is a board game that supports mental math and teaches the four fundamental math operations in a fun and engaging way. Damath strengthens students’ understanding of logic and math and can be adapted to any grade group. Participants will learn how to use Damath to help their students.


Land and Language: Incorporating Total Physical Response in Dene Morphology

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Embassy C
Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Embassy C

Target Audience: language teachers, Head Start teachers, land-based program instructors, additional language learners

Presenter(s): Agnes Carlson, Elder Lizette Denechezhe of Northlands First Nation

Nuheyatié nuxąʔųnt’ą to gain a deeper knowledge of our culture, values, oral traditions, history, and identity. Language research and language-learning models show that we may be one generation away from losing Nuheyatié chu Nuch’anié. With continuous efforts in language revitalization, we hear our Dene Yatié being spoken among children in the home, at school, and at cultural events throughout the school year. The presenters will share learning skills from the Dene worldview while nurturing the gifts and talents of students when out in the land. The instructional resource analyst will share language-acquisition movement skills using Total Physical Response in Dene morphology. 

Strength-Based Student Planning: Teachers and Psychologists Working Together

Session 3, May 12, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm, Regency Room
Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Embassy E

Target Audience: teachers, educational assistants, administrators

Presenter(s): Jessica Finucane, Erin Paupanekis, Bernice Rundle-Hotomani, Chantal Wiebe

Certified teacher and psychologist presenters will outline intellectual domains and practical ways to support students by highlighting their individual strengths. Presenters will review planning for student diversity (e.g., differentiation, adaptation, modification, individualization) with a specific focus on the process of eligibility and suitability for modified course designation at the high school level. The workshop focuses on how educators and support staff can plan for students to increase their academic success.


Online Dictionary Project for Your Dialects

Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Embassy C

Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Embassy E

Target Audience:

Presenter(s): Michael Li, Agnes Carlson, John McLean

In the past, dictionaries were only available as books or documents and were kept within schools and language classrooms. Two major drawbacks of print dictionaries are that they are only accessible at certain times, and they do not provide pronunciations. These shortcomings are addressed with online dictionaries. Apart from being always available via internet access, online dictionaries provide accurate pronunciations of vocabularies. This presentation introduces an online dictionary project for the dialects of all First Nations in Manitoba.


Wangoomitoon: How We Are Related

Session 4, May 12, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Carlton Room

Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Embassy B

Target Audience: classroom teachers, educational assistants, parents/guardians

Presenter(s): Karen Taylor

This session focuses on kinship terminology translated into the Island Lake language dialect. There will be discussion on the roles and responsibilities of family and a look at some protocols and customs. Traditionally, First Nations peoples practised the idea of “it takes a village to raise a child,” which resulted in children having endless support systems to nurture their gifts. Today we need to ask the questions, What have we lost and what can we do about it? There will be time for discussions on how educators can use this teaching in their classrooms.


Recovering Student Math Confidence Post-COVID in Grades 5–8

Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Centennial 5

Target Audience: Grade 5–8 teachers

Presenter(s): Liz Barrett, Lauren Hope

Learning has been interrupted by the pandemic, leaving many students feeling hopeless, which can lead to not engaging with their teachers and difficulty concentrating in class. Workshop participants will be introduced to JUMP Math, a registered Canadian charity that has created math teaching supports for classroom instruction to build student confidence. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to recapture the excitement of learning about numbers.


Reading Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments

Session 5, May 13, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Kensington Room

Target Audience: classroom teachers, educational assistants, parents/guardians

Presenter(s): Christina Valiquette

This presentation provides classroom teachers with a selection of strategies to address the reading needs of students with visual impairments. It must be emphasized that a student’s visual impairment and its impact will be unique. For example, two students with the same diagnosis and visual acuity may function differently in the classroom. The presentation is generalized information, and the needs of the students may be more specific. Consult with your Blind and Visual Impairment educator to help interpret the functional vision assessment regarding your student’s functional vision in the classroom.


Strengthening the Connection to Culture and Language

Session 6, May 13, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm, Centennial 1, 2, and 3

Target Audience: classroom teachers, resource teachers, educational assistants

Presenter(s): Simon Bird

Over half of First Nations people live away from their traditional homelands with an increasing number living in urban areas. Many First Nations people have become increasingly disconnected from their language and culture through various means of colonization or displacement. This small-group presentation will focus on the rich history and connection of Cree and Anishinaabe people one word at a time. This presentation focuses on what we have in common, strengthening our connection with each other as our people traditionally did in our homelands. 




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.


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, Conference Assistant
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