2017 Keynote Speaker

Wilfred Buck is a science facilitator at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC). He works with First Nations schools to bring an Indigenous perspective to teaching science. Wilfred, who is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, also introduces students to a whole new universe. Throughout the year he takes a mobile dome-shaped planetarium to communities to teach students about Cree constellations, such as Wesakaychak and Keewatin. What makes Wilfred’s lessons even more intriguing is that he shares star stories about First Nations, which he gathered from Cree, Ojibwe and Dakota nations. Students learn that it wasn’t just the Romans and Greeks who studied the stars, that their people knew just as much about the stars as other cultures. Wilfred helps students develop an appreciation of First Nations mythology, as well as giving them a sense of connection to their culture and to science.