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Virtual Youth Gathering 2022

First Nations students grade 7-12 from MFNERC’s affiliated schools are invited to attend this Virtual Youth Gathering March 16-17, 2022.

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Corrine Player: corrinep@mfnerc.com
Robin Mousseau: robinm@mfnerc.com

I Love to Read Month

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.  

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Language Teacher Gatherings

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is excited to invite your Language Teachers or Instructors to this year’s Language Teacher Gatherings. Staff from our Languages and Cultures department will be hosting a two-day Language Teacher Gathering for the Northern and Southern regions. The gathering dates and locations are below. Please be aware that these gatherings are for MFNERC and MFNSS service schools only.

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February is Heart (Ode) Month here in Canada.

Have you ever heard the word ode’imin? It means “strawberry” in Ojibwe. Ode’imin combines the words ode (heart) and min (berry). The term ode’imin originates from its heart shape. Also, First Nations have always connected the benefits of delicious, juicy berries to heart strength.

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Introducing the new Communications Manager for MFNERC

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. After being recruited by the Indian Claims Commission (ICC), Michael moved from journalism to the communications side of the desk and worked for the ICC in Ottawa as a writer.

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Grand Chief Garrison Settee Shares his “I Love to Read Month” picks!

What an exciting kick-off to I Love to Read Month! MKO Grand Chief Garry Settee shares his recommendations on First Nations authors to pick up this month for yourself and for your children. You can find the children’s titles in our shop: www.mfnerc.org/the-shop and take a look at many other titles or various reading levels and interests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ldeuHE3L8

I Love to Read Month

It’s February and that means it’s I Love to Read Month. MFNERC encourages everyone to pick up a book and read with their families at home. It has been tough navigating the past couple years with restrictions constantly changing, but one thing we have always been able to do is share stories and read with our children and loved ones. Even in these challenging times, reading is something we can all do in our homes, our schools, and in our communities!

Bell Let’s Talk Day

MFNERC values the mental and emotional well-being of our First Nations students and communities. We strongly believe in our role of helping First Nations improve education for all learners to achieve mino-pimatisiwin (the good life). Mental illness affects one in five people in Canada, across all ages and walks of life. We believe everyone should be able to access help and support without the stigmatization of living with mental illnesses. That is why MFNERC supports Bell Let’s Talk Day. https://letstalk.bell.ca

Language Teacher Gatherings

With the growing concern of COVID-19 MFNERC has decided to postpone the Language Teacher Gathering – North (Thompson) for January 11 & 12, 2022. We apologize for the late notice and will be providing another date that will be determined later. We appreciate your understanding and hope that your communities and school continue to stay safe in these trying times.

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Passing of Elder Dave Courchene

It is with great sadness that the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) learns that Nitamabit/Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Elder Dave Courchene) has begun his final journey. A spiritual and community leader, his loss will be felt throughout the country, if not the world, and the staff and management at MFNERC send their deepest condolences to his family, friends and the community he loved, Sagkeeng.

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