A Recap of FNCKP 2014

mobile menu

A Recap of FNCKP 2014

Every year in the fall, MFNERC hosts the Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference. While the conference took place last week, the ideas and knowledge shared are still all the buzz around MFNERC. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of this great event.

Day one began with an inspiring (and jam packed) opening ceremony, including a keynote address by author and activist Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. (Keep an eye on our youtube channel, where his address will soon be posted.)

Tasha Spillett presents on Building Holistic Learning Lodges

Tasha Spillett presents on Building Holistic Learning Lodges

From there it was non-stop workshops, networking and tradeshow wandering. The theme of this year’s conference was “Traditional Knowledge and Languages: Moving Forward Through Our Past” and many engaging workshops focused directly on this theme. For example, a hands-on workshop by Pamela Courchene and Virginia Birch of MFNERC looked at how to teach math concepts through the inquiry-based project of building a tipi/mikiwap/wigwam. Elder Victor Harper gave a much-praised and well-attended workshop on the Ancestral Education System and members of Food Matters Manitoba presented tools on how to Reclaim Culture with Food.

Rob Apetagon presents Using the Big Drum in the Classroom

Rob Apetagon presents Using the Big Drum in the Classroom

Throughout day two, many other presentations focused on how to integrate First Nations traditional ways of learning into classroom instruction while using effective and complimentary western approaches. Margaret Hart, Ardel Smith and Georgina Moody had all kinds of fun bringing math teachers together for the purpose of creating math games to use in the classroom. While Rob Apetagon gave a well-attended workshop entitled “Using the Big Drum in School,” Wilfred Buck brought participants into a portable planetarium to learn about First Nations Astronomy.

Overall, once again the First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference was a huge success and MFNERC would like the thank everyone who took part – presenters and participants – and we look forward to seeing you next year in Winnipeg.

Keynote speaker: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Keynote speaker: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Visit our photo gallery to view more images of the conference.

This entry was posted in Events, What's New. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Product Categories

  • Your Cart

  • Shop LeftHand Side Info


    FOR SHOP HELP OR ALTERNATE SHIPPING INQUIRIES INCLUDING PICKUP, CONTACT:

    shop@mfnerc.com
    Unit 2 -1100 Waverley St
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9
    Phone: 204-594-1290 ext. 2243
    Fax: 204-942-2490

    MFNERC provides certain resources free of charge to First Nations educators working in Manitoba. Please contact us at shop@mfnerc.com for approval.

    For information or inquires regarding the publishing process please contact publishing@mfnerc.com