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25 Years: Many Minds, Many Voices


The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is pleased to announce the Lighting the Fire Conference 2024 will be held at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg, from May 8th to 10th, 2024.

This year, the Lighting the Fire Conference celebrates 25 years of First Nations control of First Nations education. This year’s theme, “25 Years: Many Minds, Many Voices,” acknowledges the people who have contributed to the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (the Resource Centre) and its work over the past quarter of a century. Since its formation, the Resource Centre has remained committed to its Vision to “Support First Nations to develop and implement a comprehensive holistic education system inclusive of First Nations languages, world views, values, beliefs and traditions with exemplary academic standards, under First Nation jurisdiction.”

Established in 1998 by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and governed by a Board of Directors, the Resource Centre has provided services to 51 schools from over 40 First Nations. Providing effective education services involves listening to local leaders, Elders, educators, and First Nations families to help make each school reflect the wishes of the First Nation. Fulfilling the Resource Centre’s mandate included creating the Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS) in July 2017, a system providing education delivery for 11 First Nations in Manitoba.

Starting with a handful of First Nations education professionals, the Resource Centre (235 employees) and MFNSS (509 employees) now collectively employ over 700 people devoted to making the education experience for youth a positive and holistic journey. The Resource Centre’s services support students’ dreams for the future and focus on their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

With much pride, we acknowledge the accomplishments and expansion of the Resource Centre into the often-envied First Nations education institution it is now. We look forward to seeing you at LTF 2024 to celebrate the work done collectively by the Resource Centre and its partners in improving First Nations students’ education and lives. Thank you to the many minds and voices who have contributed to First Nations schools and bettered the education experience for First Nations youth.


Registration limit has been set at 1,000 delegates


IMPORTANT NOTE: Any inquiries, please contact Ashley Kinsman at 204-594-1290 ext. 2083 or

2024 Tradeshow 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 2024 Tradeshow
Attn: Ellen Spence
Toll Free: 1-866-319-4857
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.

  1. Authorized Purchase Order – can be electronically submitted to
  2. Certified cheque, organization or band cheque (No Personal Cheques)
  3. Cash – All cash payments will need to paid in person at 2-1100 Waverley Street, Winnipeg MB
  4. Credit/Debit payments can be made by phone or in person, please contact Tasheena Bone, | 204-594-1290

Payments payable to:

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
LTF 2024 Trade Show
Attention: Accounts Receivable
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9

Please note: Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. All vendor tables must be paid for before confirmation will be provided.
Exhibitors registering after Friday, March 22, 2024 are not guaranteed a listing in the conference program booklet



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). Please use only provided MFNERC laptops.

Presenter forms must be submitted by Friday, March 22, 2024 to:
Attn: Lighting the Fire 2024
Fax: (204) 942-2490
Mail: Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9


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

Please book your stay at the Victoria Inn (204) 786-4801 as soon as possible to receive the discounted rate. Please indicate you are attending the LIGHTING THE FIRE CONFERENCE and would like to book your stay under the room block. Provide the Group #281464 to receive the discounted rate before April 7, 2024.

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
Phone: 204-594 1290
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

Presenter Inquiries
Whitney Lynxleg, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 204-594-1290
Fax: 204-942-2490

Tradeshow Inquiries
Ellen Spence, Executive Assistant
Phone: 204-594-1290
Fax: 204-942-2490

Payment Inquiries
Tasheena Bone, Finance Assistant
Phone: 204-594-1290 ext. 2240
Fax: 204-942-2490

Host Hotel Information
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Discount code: Group #281464
Book before April 7,2024
Phone: 204-786-4801
Toll Free: 1-877-VIC-INNS