The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource (MFNERC) is hosting a technical vocational education
meeting on March 13, 2023 at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport Hotel, 1715 Wellington Avenue,
Winnipeg MB, R3H 0G1.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss possible technical vocational educational programming for First Nations High Schools. There will be a presentation on technical vocational programming and an
opportunity for you to discuss what is required to advance technical vocational programming.
The MFNERC will reimburse travel, meals and accommodations according to MFNERC travel rates for invited High School Principals and Education Directors. Travel reimbursements will be distributed at time of registration.
If you are able to attend, please fill out registration form and forward to, Brittany Laplante, by fax at 204-
415-0021 or by email:, by March 2, 2023.

Should you have any questions, please contact Susy Komishin at 204-594-1290 ext. 2131 or via email

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Registration will open soon for Lighting the Fire 2023!

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is pleased to announce the Lighting the Fire Conference 2023 will be held at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, from May 10th to 12th.  This year’s theme, Break Through to Excellence in First Nation Education, will be the focus of the workshops and presentations that make up much of the gathering.

Lighting the Fire presentations and discussions will reflect the important work that the Resource Centre is doing to push forward the boundaries of First Nations education, not only in forwarding teaching skills and the revitalization of First Nations cultures but also providing cutting-edge services in the areas of administration, new technology, and clinical care, which includes mental health and special needs services as well as care for students who fall under Jordan’s Principle.

The Resource Centre seeks out excellence in everything that can improve the learning experience for First Nation students and teaching staff. This year’s Lighting the Fire conference will explore the tools, resources, and teaching approaches that promote excellence in First Nation schools. As always, the conference workshops will resonate with the importance of First Nations languages and cultures to strengthen student identity and encourage their gifts.  


Keynote speakers and entertainment are still to be announced.

The LTF 2023 Trade Show is now FULL!

If you have any questions, please email Phyllis Murray at

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The MFNERC Inclusive Education Services Dept. is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a two-day forum for youth in grades 7-12. The theme of this year’s forum is  “First Nations Excellence: Getting Youth Excited on Who They Are and Who They Can Become” and this is related to emotional well-being issues faced by First Nations Youth, using a holistic approach. The forum is scheduled as follows:

Place:          RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Date:           March 1 & 2, 2023

Time:          9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily

The criteria to attend are as follows:

  • Students from grades 7 to 12, and
  • has not attended one of the youth forums.

The purpose of the event is to seek input and gather information from youth representatives from First Nations regarding community-based needs. It will also provide students with an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other First Nations students.

Possible Attendees

MFNERC will be sponsoring four (4) youth representatives (2 males & 2 females) along with two (2) chaperones (1 male & 1 female) from each First Nation to attend this event. Chaperones and the youth representatives attending this event will be provided travel expenses for flights/mileage, accommodations, meals, and incidentals. A travel expense cheque will be made out in the chaperone’s name for each youth, and the chaperone must distribute the funds to the students.

Chaperone Info

Chaperones will be responsible to make reservations for the room, payment for the room, and the damage deposit. Specific instructions will be included on the registration form explaining the specific requirements for the distribution of accommodations and meals. Chaperones are required to participate in the workshops and activities with their youth.

Photos/videos will be taken

The MFNERC Publishing Dept. will have a representative taking pictures and recording the forum, therefore all students are required to have the attached consent form filled and returned with the registration forms or bring it to the forum.

To get a registration/travel form, email Then fax it to 204-942-2490, no later than Friday, February 17, 2023.

If you have any questions, contact Anne Cameron at 204-594-1290 at extension 2150 or toll-free at 1-866-319-4857.

Thank you for your attention to this notice and we look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

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Discover Your Path – Virtual Event 2023

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) is pleased to announce we will host our second Career Fair for our member schools on, February 28, 2023. The event has been renamed to, Discover Your Path – Virtual Event, to better reflect the opportunities available to our Manitoba First Nations Youth. Opportunities that range from professional, technical, business, medical, etc., to more traditional, cultural and Northern Manitoba industry related life paths like forestry, agriculture, trapping, and more!

Manitoba universities, colleges, employers, and organizations offering unique life options for our students, will gather virtually to provide information and thought-provoking future paths for our youth. 

EDUCATORS: Help your students explore their career and education opportunities virtually! Access the Educator information sheet by clicking here.

COST: Free for educators, staff, students, and parents of MFNERC or MFNSS schools.

DATE & TIME: February 28, 2023 – 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Registration options:

  • Have your students register individually with their own email addresses.
  • Register once with your email address and allow your students to use your login to explore the event.
  • Register with your email address and show the event and livestreams on a projector to your class.

Register online at:

Downloadable Registration Form.

For more information please contact Shawna Spence at or call (204) 594-1290.

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The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is excited to host the annual MFNERC Schools
Science Fair 2023 on March 7-8, 2023, at the Assiniboia Downs, 3975 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
This year we will be offering a hybrid science fair (in-person and virtual) with a maximum of 10 projects
per school for in-person and an unlimited number of projects for the virtual fair. Students from Grades
4-12 are encouraged to participate in this two-day science fair.

Please be advised that MFNERC will not be responsible for travel and accommodations for this event.
Interested schools will need to complete the attached registration form and submit it by February 17, 2023.

If schools wish to participate virtually, a link will be sent once your form is received. Please submit
your registration form to Ashley Kinsman at or by fax at 204-477-4314.

Link to Registration Form.

Should you have any questions regarding any of the above, please contact the Science Facilitator
assigned to your school at 1-204-594-1290 or email:

Alberto Mansilla: ext. 2158 or
Carrie Fontaine: ext. 2152 or
Richard (Allen) Keeper: ext 2292 or
Rockford Mckay: ext. 2195 or (MFNSS Schools)

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The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is excited to host the MFNERC Language
Gathering 2023. This event will occur on January 18-19, 2023, at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The focus will be on First Nations languages and cultures using the theme of Building First Nations
Language and Culture Foundation
s. We are pleased to provide this opportunity for MFNERC/MFNSS
member First Nations to come together to reaffirm the importance of First Nations languages and
cultures. An Elders panel will discuss the importance of reclaiming, preserving, and revitalizing our First
Nations languages. Various sessions will allow participants to engage, share, and learn about First Nations teaching strategies, concepts, and cultures.

Registration is limited!! You are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Link to Registration Form.

Please be advised that MFNERC will not be responsible for travel and accommodations for this
event. Interested schools must complete and send the attached registration form to Ashley
Kinsman at or by fax to 204-477-4314 by January 6, 2023.

If you wish to book your stay at the Victoria Inn, you can call 204-786-4801 and ask to reserve a room in
the MFNERC group block (group code 261272) to access the discounted rate of $129 plus tax before
January 6, 2023.

Should you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch with Davin Dumas at

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On August 29, 2019, Dakota Tipi First Nation and the Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS) signed a delegation agreement to work together for the success of the students. MFNSS currently partners with 11 communities from across the province of Manitoba to provide the highest quality of education for First Nations by First Nations. Continue reading “MFNSS and Dakota Tipi First Nation Sign New Partnership”

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Wuskwi Sipihk School held its annual art fair last Friday March 22, 2019. Check out the photos in our gallery to see all the great artwork that was for sale! Continue reading “Wuskwi Sipihk School Art Fair”

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Please be advised that registration for Lighting The Fire 2019: “Honouring Our Heritage — Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages” is now closed. We will not be accepting on-site registration. Thank you for the overwhelming response, and we are looking forward to putting on an incredible conference. 

For Conference Information

May 8-10, 2019
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Continue reading “Lighting the Fire Registration Online”

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9th Annual Land Based Education Youth Gathering

Location: Kahwiikwehtohnkahk Ojibway Nation (Sandy Bay, Man.)

Dates: February 26 to March 1, 2019

Continue reading “9th Annual Land Based Education Youth Gathering”

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