Lighting The Fire 2020


MFNERC is proud to present this year’s Lighting the Fire Conference on May 6-8, 2020 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg. This year’s theme is Student Well-Being: Balancing of the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit.

For students to succeed in school, community and life, it is their parents, family and community leaders who guide them as their role models. Educators, whether it be a teacher, educational assistant, or language teacher, can create profound experiences in the lives of our students. First Nations youth thrive when there is a grounded connection with their family, school, community and territory. Cultural identity is further strengthened with traditional activities whether it’s learning on the land or from the Elders in the home or classroom

The spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being of our children need to be in balance. The First Nations ways of healing and growing is a holistic approach, always considering these four relationships. Daily practices of gratitude is one of the foundations of the First Nations way of life and reclaiming and honouring our students well-being today will make for healthy nations into the 21st Century and beyond.

This year’s professional development sessions will focus on providing program models to school staff and community members to enhance student well-being. Culture and language will be woven in the four streams; emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being. First Nations teachings related to balance and wellness will include activities such as storytelling, traditional practices, sports, medicine and land-based teachings which are some of touch stones that create a fuller understanding of this year’s theme.




First Nation Elders
Government Representatives
Education Stakeholders
Education Administrators
Education Directors
School Boards
All Interested Groups and Individuals




Workshops will be 75 minutes in length.
Each workshop may repeat up to 2 sessions.
Please note: If you are conducting an electronic presentation, please provide the MFNERC IT support team your USB on the day of your workshop. All presentations will be shown using the provided MFNERC equipment (which will be set up in your workshop prior to).

Presenter forms must be submitted by March 20, 2020 to:
Attn: Joy Keeper, Conference Coordinator
Fax: (204) 942-2490
Mail: Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9




2020 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 or organization or band cheque (No Personal Cheques)
Credit Card – Credit card payment can be made by contacting Tiffany King at or by calling 204-594-1290 ext.2175

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

LTF 2020 Trade Show
c/o Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. Attention: Accounts Receivable
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9




Conference Location Information
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 then 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).



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Full Conference
1-4 people ………… $325 per person
5-19 people ………. $300 per person
20+ people ……….. $250 per person

Single Day
$125 per person (each day)

Full Conference ….. $115 per person
Single Day …………. $75 per person


Please note: If you are registering with a group (i.e. community/school/company/organization), please fill out main contact on registration form and attach an additional page with all attendees listed. If you are registering as a single participant, please fill out form accordingly.

Registration limit is set at 1,000 delegates, so please register early!

Early Bird Registration will be accepted until March 20, 2020 (10% discount off original price).

Registration deadline is April 10, 2020.


If you are an individual that is attending as part of a group from 
a school/community, please have your name included as part of a group registration. This ensures that the discounted group rate (cost) is applied to your registration. Any questions regarding group registration, please contact Ashley Kinsman at 204-594-1290 ext. 2083.

Note: 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.

Payment Methods

1. Credit Card – Please contact Donna McCorrister to make payment by email or by phone at 204-594-1290
2. Authorized Purchase Order
3. Certified Cheque or from an organization or band (no personal cheques)
4. Cash (on-site only)
5. 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:

Lighting The Fire 2020 Registration
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
Attention: Accounts Receivable
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9




General Inquiries

Joy Keeper, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 204-594 1290 ext.206
Fax: 204-942-2490

General Inquiries

Randi-Lisa Quedent, Conference Assistant
Phone: 204-594-1290 ext. 2012
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

Student Essay Contest

Ask your ELA teacher or contact Deborah Tegg, Essay Contest Contact
Phone: 204-594 1290 ext. 2210

Tradeshow & Exhibits