Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (The Resource Centre) celebrated I Love to Read Month in February. An integral part of First Nations cultures has always been storytelling. Oral stories are passed down from generation to generation and are an educational and interactive way of sharing life’s lessons. Books are another way to inform us, connect us to other worlds, instruct us, and challenge us. I Love to Read Month was an opportunity to encourage reading for all ages. As a part of the kickoff, MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee,  and Charles Cochrane, Executive Director of the Resource Centre, encouraged us all to pick up a book. You can still watch their videos on the Resource Centre’s YouTube channel.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday in the month of February, the Resource Centre’s Facebook featured a special guest reader. Every Friday for I Love to Read Month, we shared a First Nations language storybook read in one of the First Nation languages of Manitoba. These are all available on the Resource Centre’s Facebook page. 

I Love to Read Month is a reminder to us all how important it is to ensure early years, school years, and older students learn the value of reading. Books are a way of inspiring and connecting us all. On an individual basis, books can be good for mental, physical, and emotional health by strengthening the brain, reducing stress, and improving vocabulary. Reading also creates a bond between adults and children at a very early age.  

The Resource Centre publishes a wide variety of high-quality books that promote  First Nations cultures, histories, and languages. Our resource list includes fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, and language resources to use in the classroom or library. Many of these can be borrowed from the IRC lending library or bought online at the Resource Centre bookstore at www.mfnerc.org/the-shop 

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Michael Hutchinson is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation. As a teen, he pulled nets on Lake Winnipeg, fought forest fires in the Canadian Shield, and worked at the Whiteshell Nuclear Research Station’s Underground Research Lab. As a young adult, he worked as a bartender, a caterer for rock concerts and movie shoots, and, eventually, as a print reporter for publications such as the Calgary Straight and Aboriginal Times.

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We are excited to welcome students and staff back to in-class, in-person interactions in MFNSS Schools! MFNSS schools are planning to open the first week in September after Labour Day, and this school year will start with getting back to the new “normal” and supporting students to transition to attending school again and ensuring that their needs are met. We will be focusing on continuing to implement the strategic plan. We are also excited about a partnership with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba which will focus on ensuring students learn about the spirit and intent of the treaties and their relevance in the present day. The MFNSS is a unique school system designed for First Nations by First Nations and we are looking forward to learning together again.  

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“Honouring Our Heritage—Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous languages”

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MFNERC is proud to announce the winners for the Lighting the Fire Student Essay Contest 2013!

Category 1 (Grades 7-9)
The grand prize winner is Trenton Harper 13 years old attending grade 9 at George Knott School in Wasagamack First Nation

The second place winner is Shawneen Fisher 12 years old attending grade 7 at Miskooseepi School in Bloodvein First Nation

Category 2 (Grades 10-12)
The grand prize winner is Kailey Arthurson 17 years old attending grade 12 at Charles Sinclair School in Fisher River Cree Nation

The second place winner is Kirsten Muswaggon 17 years old attending grade 12 at Otter-Nelson River School in Cross Lake First Nation

The staff at MFNERC is so proud of these students’ achievements in writing and wish each of them continued success in their academic careers.

The staff also thank the many students who entered the contest. You are all doing very well and we enjoyed reading your essays. Please watch the mail delivery at your school for a certificate of achievement to arrive. MFNERC also thanks the teachers and principals who taught essay writing and supported their students’ efforts.

Check back on our site later in May to view highlights of the grand prize winners’ experiences during conference week!

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August 22-26, 2022

Are you a Speech-Language Educational Assistant (SLEA) who works with MFNERC Speech-Language Pathologists? This summer we have our annual Inclusive Education Clinical Services summer training, BUT we are doing things a bit different this year.

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We encourage you to register your school for the Fisher River Inter-School Powwow on June 14, 2022, from 10 am-4 pm. This is a perfect opportunity for students to come together and dance, learn about powwow protocol and traditions, and of course, meet new friends.

Registration Form

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