The Arrow

Winter 2017

On the Horizon

Lighting the Fire

Every year in May, MFNERC brings together hundred of educators, experts, Elders and community members for our annual Lighting the Fire Education Conference. This year it will take place May 10-12, 2017 in Winnipeg.
At our 2015 conference, Grand Chief Derek Nepinak stated, “When it comes to education, we want the authority to be with the people at the grassroots level. People on the front lines – the teachers, principals, education directors and school staff who work in the schools day in and day out.” And that is what this conference aims to do, through timely discussions, knowledge sharing, and bringing people together into a larger community.

This year’s theme is Sharing Our Success, Living a Good Life. Every year the conference theme is interwoven throughout the workshops, presentations and other activities that take place, such as the LTF student essay contest. This year’s workshops will invite participants to learn about each other’s successes, and share their own, in order to encourage mino-pimatisiwin/a good life.

Please keep an eye on the Lighting the Fire page on our website for registration information and we look forward to seeing you in May.

Lighting the Fire Student Essay Contest

The 2017 essay topic is: “Sharing Our Success, Living a Good Life”

2017 essay contest entry form

We want to encourage you to hold your community school essay contest before March 24, 2017 in order to have your 3 – 6 entries (max) into MFNERC by the deadline Wednesday, April 12. To be eligible for the MFNERC Lighting the Fire Student Essay Contest, all entries must have competed in a local school essay contest, and your school’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place essays are to be entered in this provincial contest. Find out more information on our website.

First Nations Early Learning Conference

This month, MFNERC’s Early Learning Facilitators are hosting our annual First Nations Early Learning Conference. The theme is “Knowing Our Gifts: Guiding Our Paths to Mino-pimatisiwin (Cree/Ojibwe/Ojibwe-Cree); honso aynai (Dene); tokatakiya wichoni washte (Dakota).” Keynote Speakers are Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Monique Gray Smith and Barbara Kaiser and the conference takes place Feb. 8-9, 2017.

Registration form

Send completed registration form to Deborah McKenzie at
For more information contact Susy Komishin at 204-594-1290 ext. 2131 or visit our website.

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