2018 Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions for FNCKP 2018

Please note: descriptions, times and locations are subject to change


Bridging Emergent Literacy
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 4

Presenters: Anne Rundle, Susy Komishin, Louise Cameron, MFNERC

Audience: N-K educators

This workshop will guide participants to understand the importance of emergent literacy from a child development perspective. We will look at the stages of emerging literacy with culturally relevant materials and activities to support this process with young children.


Dakota Art & Life
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 3

Presenter: Riel Benn, Birdtail Sioux First Nation

Audience: all

Riel Benn, an award-winning artist, will present his artwork through a Dakota perspective that combines traditional Dakota symbolism with Western forms of print media and colonial motifs. Exploring various social issues that impact First Nations, Benn’s presentation will also examine the importance of art theory, the use of colour, imagination in the classroom and identity formation in art forms.


Dene Language Lodge
Session 1 & 2, October 4, 1:10pm – 4:00pm, Embassy C+D

Caroline Thorassie, Fred Denechezhe, Ernie Bussidor; Agnes Carlson, Diane Powderhorn, Jessie Thomas, Lucy Antsanen, Linda Dettanikkeaze-Patterson, MFNERC

Audience: language instructors, new language learners, education assistants

The Dene Language Lodge invites participants to learn about the Dene ancestral language and culture. Through the sharing of brief stories centred on the beauty of our language and history, participants will learn that the Dene way is infused with the drumbeat, as it weaves us into the future. During our language presentations, we will showcase Dene language resources and arts and crafts. We will also include moss bag teachings, traditional foods and medicines from the land. Our Knowledge Keeper will guide us as we demonstrate the traditional drum dance and hand-games of our people. We will demonstrate teaching methodologies that promote Dene skills and knowledge.


Moe the Mouse: Speech and Language Development Program
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 4

Presenters: Elizabeth Grauer, Meghan Macaulay, Kelly Ring-Whiklo, MFNERC

Audience: early years classroom teachers (grades N-2), resource teachers, educational assistants, administrators

In this workshop, presenters will share the Moe the Mouse: Speech and Language Development Program. This is a resource that uses Indigenous toys and stories to enhance children’s language development. Skills targeted include: phonological awareness, vocabulary building,reading comprehension, speech sounds, and expressing feelings and ideas


Aski Achimowin
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 7

Presenters: Esther Sanderson, Doris Young, University College of the North (UCN)

Audience: language teachers

This workshop will discuss Aski Achimowin, a Cree language immersion program, offered in August 2018 by UCN in Egg Lake, which is located in the traditional territory of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN). We will outline how the learning outcomes of wahkotowin (good relations) and mino pimatiswin (the good life) were practised and achieved through hands-on activities using the Cree language.


First Nations Astronomy
Session 3, October 5, 9:10am – 10:25am, Centennial 8
Session 4, October 5, 10:45am – 12:00pm, Centennial 8

Presenter: Wilfred Buck, MFNERC

Audience: all

This presentation will cover many curriculum outcomes and look at First Nations perspectives on observing the night sky. We will also explore traditional names of stars, planets, constellations and other celestial phenomena.


Running Records Analysis
Session 1, (grades K-4) October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 3
Session 2, (grades 5-8) October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 3

Presenters: Gloria D. Sinclair, Evannah Braun, MFNERC

Audience: grades K-4 and 5-8 educators

Running Records is not just for determining reading levels or accuracy. More importantly, the actual core of running records includes the detailed analysis of errors, self-correction behaviours and insights of oral language control in the summary statements, as it uncovers aspects of the child’s reading process. In this session, participants will focus specifically on analysis, while factoring in language and dialect considerations. Participants will receive a demonstration and then practice how to write summary statements that identify how children process information in text. You will further learn, through hands on analysis of actual running records, how to guide instructional decisions, develop praise points, and set reading goals with students.


Learning Native Languages in the 21st Century
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Embassy C+D

Presenter: Gary Sumner

Audience: all

Participants will learn how Native language speakers can adapt to the 21st century using innovative methods such as slang Ojibway.


Island Lake Language and Culture Lodge
Sessions 3 & 4, October 5, 9:10am – 12:00pm, Embassy E+F
Presenters: Lyle Wood, David Flett, Karen Taylor, MFNERC

Audience: all

Join us for a presentation on We Remember: A History of Island Lake. There will also be a display of traditional arts and crafts, and interactive activities related to Island Lake language and culture. If time permits, there will be a presentation on a web-based language learning tool – Transparent Language Online.


My Father’s Trapline
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 7

Presenters: John McLean, Michael Li, MFNERC

Audience: land-based education teachers; language, social studies, geography, and computer educators

My Father’s Trapline is a historical account or story told as a history lesson using Esri-Canada mapping programs, Google, Google Earth and other GPS/GIS technology. The story is about one man’s connection to the land and how he brought mino-bimaadiziwin (a good life) to his family. Land-based education teachers will benefit from learning this tool, as well as language instructors, as there are numerous references to traditional place names.
All participants will gain valuable ideas on how to share oral traditions using modern day technologies.


Transparent Language Online
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 5
Session 3, October 5, 9:10am – 10:25am, Centennial 5

Presenters: Levina Ferland-Pearce, Shawna Spence, Karen Taylor, MFNERC

Audience: all

Transparent Online for Education from Transparent Language, in partnership with MFNERC, is a web-based application that provides fun and engaging language learning. It can be accessed from almost any computer or tablet.
In this session, we will explore this tool and how it can assist with learning First Nations languages.


Thrival Kits! Changing Classrooms, Changing Lives
Session 4, October 5, 10:45am – 12:00pm, Centennial 7
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 7

Presenters: Terra Johnston, Ainsley Krone, Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth; Larry Brass, Canadian Mental Health Association

Audience: Elders, educators, community members, guidance counsellors, youth workers

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Manitoba and Winnipeg partnered with the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) to develop Thrival Kits, an innovative, prevention-based mental health program for children. Thrival Kits are mental health toolkits for kids, and they encourage creativity, reflection, and interpersonal skill development to help children understand who they are as individuals, what makes them unique, and what is special about their role in the school and the community. Thrival Kits focus on youth ages 8-12, and build on the strength of pre-existing relationships between classroom teachers and their students. Our presentation will include an overview video of the Thrival Kit, as well as a live demonstration of several Thrival Kit mental health promotion practices. Participants will also have an opportunity to interact with a Thrival Kit prototype. We will also introduce our plans to co-create an Indigenous adaptation of Thrival Kits, called Thrival Bundles, with Indigenous educators and community leaders.
Participants will receive information on how to adopt this program within their own communities.


Team Handball as a Vehicle: From an Indigenous Female Perspective
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 9
Session 3, October 5, 9:10am – 10:25am, Centennial 9

Presenter: Lee Spence, MFNERC

Audience: teachers, principals, education directors, land-based educators

In this interactive workshop attendees will learn how sport can be used as a vehicle to influence personal and professional growth and development. We will also explore how a connection to the land and intergenerational knowledge strengthens self identity. Come prepared to move around and learn how sport and recreation can be used to live mino-bimaadiziwin (the good life).


Dene and Cree in the Classroom
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 9
Session 4, October 5, 10:45am – 12:00pm, Centennial 9

Presenters: Marguerite Allard, Florence St. Pierre, Prince Albert Grand Council

Audience: Dene and Cree language teachers

Come and learn some techniques for teaching Dene and Cree in the classroom. Participants will examine oral language teaching using Engage Literacy and the Grandmother/Grandfather Book Series. We will also be presenting some finger puppet songs and other activities to support language learning.


Land-based Education and Language Go Hand-in-Hand
Session 4, October 5, 10:45am – 12:00pm, Centennial 5
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 5

Presenter: Mike Sutherland, Peguis First Nation

Audience: Elders, teachers, principals, education directors, land-based educators

In 2003/4, Mike Sutherland helped develop the Reconnecting to The Land Curriculum. Since then he has worked with several schools and heard many Elders confirm his teaching that land-based and language programming should be taught as one program. When interviewing Elders, something they all experienced was learning their language on the land with their grandparents.
With that in mind, this workshop will examine how we, as educators, can combine both language and land-based programming as well as making this type of programming sustainable. We will also discuss how we can make this kind of programming work within your school.


Indigenous Games and Wellness
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 8

Presenter: Norbert Mercredi, MFNERC

Audience: physical education and health teachers, educational assistants

This workshop will present traditional games played by Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Participants will learn the history, language and geographical areas of certain games and participate in physical activities culturally relevant to mino pimatisiwin (the good life) Poster cards will be used to incorporate the traditional language of the presenter. Come and experience the value and importance of living a healthy lifestyle.


An Ancient Ojibwe Language Evolution in the Modern World
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Embassy E+F

Presenters: Olga McIvor, Judy Doolittle, MFNERC

Audience: all

This workshop will describe how an ancient language – Ojibwe – evolved in the modern world. It will show minute changes generation by generation to today’s modern times, where it is challenged to keep up with the fast-paced information age. Our Creator-given worldview, which encapsulates ancient teachings, legends, songs, and humour, is embedded in the Ojibwe language. The revitalization and maintenance of the language needs to consider Ojibwe linguistics in the study of the language and its structure. These are topics we will explore in this workshop.


Bilingual and Immersion Programming
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Embassy A

Presenter: Rebecca Ross, Sophie Boulanger, MFNERC

Audience: language teachers, land-based educators, administrators, school board members, parents

This workshop will look at revitalizing, preserving and promoting First Nations languages and how we should do it. Five First Nations in Manitoba took part in a Native Language Instruction Pilot Project where children learned to speak, read and write in their Cree Language.
Aboriginal educators created the pilot project in order to meet the needs of First Nations children who wanted to speak their languages in school with First Nations language teachers. Therefore, teachers’ training programs were developed so First Nations people could be trained to teach their First Nations languages. This workshop will share about the project and other immersion language programs.


Hatchet Lake Denesuline Immersion Program
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 8

Presenter: Rosalie Tsannie-Burseth

Audience: language teachers

(write-up to come)


Representation of Rational Numbers
Session 3, October 5, 9:10am – 10:25am, Centennial 7

Presenters: Virginia Birch, Pamela Courchene, MFNERC

Audience: grades 5-8 teachers

Do your students understand the language of fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios? Understanding rational numbers first requires the ability to grasp the concepts conceptually. This session will focus on the learning targets using the across the grades continuum, and how to reach learners through concrete, pictorial and symbolic activities.


First Nations Languages: How Do We Reclaim Them in Our Schools and Communities?
Session 4, October 5, 10:45am – 12:00pm, Centennial 3

Presenter: Wanda Barker, MFNERC

Audience: all

This session will feature presentations and discussions on various language programs and initiatives that are currently being undertaken locally, nationally, and globally to reclaim First Nations/Indigenous languages and cultures. Some of the topics will include language nests, bilingual and immersion programs, mentorship and apprenticeship programs, land-based education, seasonal language and culture camps and use of technology. The focus of the discussions will be on how to move from not having a language program to developing a more comprehensive strategy for reclaiming language and culture.


When Life Speaks: Aquaponicals
Session 3, October 5, 9:10am – 10:25am, Centennial 3

Presenter: Alberta Mansilla, MFNERC

Audience: teachers

Ecosystems determine the health of the entire earth system. This includes all living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, how they interact with each other and their environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere). Aquaponicals are the perfect way to educate our students about ecosystems. The bacteria in grow beds, fish in a tank, and plants growing in rocks are all terrific foundations for biology lessons. The spectrum of grow lights, the inner workings of a bell siphon, and water moving through the system can all be part of several physics lessons. The dynamics of pH and how it changes in aquaponics can make chemistry come alive. This workshop will present lesson ideas in all these areas.


Creating Spaces for Indigenous Languages in Sexual Health Education
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 9

Presenters: Laverne Gervais, Ka Ni Kanichihk; Vanessa Cook, Eveline Buehlmann, Teen Talk

Audience: educators, youth service providers 

Creating spaces for Indigenous languages is essential when teaching sexual health, as Indigenous languages are frameworks for healthy sexuality. It is an important part healthy sexual development, and also helps to revitalize the languages.
This workshop will share ideas of different activities we use to teach not only the English words that educators should focus on, but also giving youth the space to explore and seek out their own cultures using their own languages.


Are Your Words Rich? Explicit Vocabulary Instruction for Oral Language and Reading Comprehension Growth
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Embassy B

Presenter: Kelly Ring-Whiklo, MFNERC

Audience: teachers (grades N-12), resource teachers, educational assistants, administrators

What is the link between oral language and reading comprehension? How can I choose the most powerful vocabulary to foster oral language and reading comprehension skills? How do I plan lessons for specific vocabulary instruction to develop deeper understandings and stronger connections to text? These questions will be answered in this workshop, alongside practical opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired.


Treaty Education in Classrooms and on the Land

Sessions 1-5, October 4, 1:10pm – 4:00pm and October 5, 9:10am – 2:25pm, Kensington

Presenters: Elder Bone; Loretta Ross, Connie Wyatt-Anderson, Cynthia Bird, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

Audience: educators

This is a two-day workshop on K-12 Treaty education. Day one will provide a historical and cultural context for Treaty-making and Treaty relationship. Elders, historians and educators will provide different perspectives, including perspectives on the importance of basic Treaty concepts in First Nations languages. Day two will provide a more hands-on experience with demonstrated lesson plans and ideas on how to teach Treaty education. Participants who take part for two full days will receive a Treaty Education Kit relevant to their grade level and a certificate of completion.


Culture and Language Programming—A Circle Talk for School Leaders
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Embassy A

Presenters: Donna Prince, Sandy Robinson, George Ross, MFNERC

Audience: current and future school administrators, education directors (education portfolios)

In this Circle Talk, participants will have an opportunity to share local successes with culture and language programming in their schools and offer insights on how and why local factors may present ongoing challenges in some local revitalization efforts. Through discussions and solution-generation, the end goal is to acquire probable solutions in culture and language programming and revitalization. Participants are encouraged to come and share their personal and professional perspectives on this critical issue.


Guiding Children’s Language through Play
Session 5, October 5, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Embassy E+F

Presenter: Jessica Chisholm, MFNERC

Audience: early years teachers (grades N-3), parents, support staff

How do we set up an environment for play so that children are using the language? This workshop will explore how we can support developing children and create a positive and loving environment for all children to feel success and pride while using their language.


Moving Forward with Professional Learning Communities and Response to Intervention
Session 1 & 2, October 4, 1:10pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 10

Presenter: Dr. John Eller

Audience: grades K–12 teachers, administrators

Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Response to Intervention (RTI) are processes that work together to support teachers as they increase learning opportunities and student achievement. In this session, school leadership teams will deepen their understanding of PLCs and RTI, learn successful strategies to move their implementation of these concepts forward, and identify the common issues that can impede successful implementation. Leadership teams will leave with a plan to take their PLC and RTI implementation to the next level in their schools.


Supporting MFNSS Staff as They Work with Schools
Session 3 & 4, October 5, 9:10am – 12:00pm, Centennial 10

Presenter: Dr. John Eller

Audience: MFNSS staff, administrators, principals, education directors

Come and learn techniques that Dr. John Eller has used in his work with school leadership teams. In addition to a demonstration of techniques, participants will also receive an extensive handbook outlining these techniques and strategies. Specific topics in the workshop include: how to break up content into small, learnable parts, ways to build group involvement and engagement, strategies to build collaboration, and how to include adult learning principles in professional development sessions.


Cross-Curricular Planning, Language and Culture
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Centennial 4

Presenters: Rosely Booth, Chun Ong, Donna Prince, MFNERC

Audience: K–12 teachers

The practice of planning across the curriculum promotes an effective teaching strategy. Connecting individual subject areas, culture and language, makes learning more meaningful for students and provides flexibility for teachers. This workshop explores approaches to develop relevant interdisciplinary planning focusing on the uniqueness of our communities.


Conversations with Elders
Sessions 3 & 4, October 5, 9:10am – 12:00pm, Embassy A+B

Presenter: Rebecca Ross, MFNERC

Audience: all

Have you ever had the opportunity to sit and listen to Elders? If not, this is your chance to come and visit with them. Hostess Rebecca Ross will be asking questions and you may sit, hear, and enjoy the Elders’ perspectives and stories. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Conversations with Elders is not to be missed, especially if you have never sat and listened to our Knowledge Keepers.


From the Establishment of MFNERC to the Creation of the Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS)—Honouring the Visions of First Nations Educators
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Centennial 8

Presenters: Dr. Nora Murdock, Shirley Fontaine, MFNSS

Audience: Elders, education directors, students

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the beginnings of MFNERC and the foundations of the MFNSS. Presenters will explore the benefits and challenges associated with the new school system and how its programming addresses First Nations language, culture, heritage, quality education, and community-identified needs. This session provides an overview of the research strategy for the MFNSS associated with the national Research and Innovation Program.


Universal Design for Learning and First Nation Perspectives
Session 1, October 4, 1:10pm – 2:25pm, Embassy A

Presenters: Desi-Rae Anderson, Ryan Cook

Audience: classroom teachers, educational assistants, administrator, resource teachers

The presenters will share their experience using Universal Design for Learning from a First Nations perspective. This session will introduce Universal Design for Learning and incorporate planning, instruction, assessment, special education, behaviour management and education for sustainable development. The information shared can be applied to all subjects in early years, middle years, and high school.


Dah Dzahge Nodeside/We Are Speaking Our Language Again
Session 3, October 5, 9:10am – 10:25am, Centennial 4
Session 4, October 5, 10:45am – 12:00pm, Centennial 4

Presenter: Edōsdi/Dr. Judy Thompson

Audience: all

Come watch and discuss a 64-minute documentary—We Are Speaking Our Language Again—based on the Tahltan Language and Culture Framework that Edōsdi/Dr. Judy Thompson developed from her doctoral research. Since 2012, this framework has guided the work of the Tahltan Language and Culture Program. Sharing of our language work with other nations and communities is of utmost importance. Edōsdi hired Tahltan filmmaker Michael Bourquin and they worked closely on the documentary together.


Cree Language Lodge
Sessions 3 & 4, October 5, 9:10am – 12:00pm, Embassy C+D

Presenter: Stella Young, MFNERC

Audience: all

Come into the Cree Language Lodge and experience Cree immersion. Participants will take part in sing alongs, hands-on activities, and storytelling, all in the Cree language. If you are a Cree speaker, you can take part in conversations, as it is a complete Cree immersion experience. This come-and-go session will definitely show you the fun side of hearing and learning the language!


More Tools for Your Toolbox: Play and Learning
Session 2, October 4, 2:45pm – 4:00pm, Embassy B

Presenters: Mindy Sinclair, Mary Lukes, MFNERC

Audience: early years educators, education assistants

Mary (school psychologist) and Mindy (Child Development) have teamed up to share the importance of PLAY and what it has to do with development and learning. How does your school caputre a young child’s developmental play? This workshop will provide an opportunity to build your own play observation skills, share ideas in building those skills, and add to your tool box to promote a play-based and inclusive classroom environment, through a FUN, hands-on style.


Wildlife Hide Tanning and Drum Making

Session 2, October 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm, Area by Stage
Session 3, October 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am, Area by Stage

Presenters: Robert Caribou, Carl Froese; Manitoba Buckskin

Audience: all

We will present and display examples of our work: all-natural brain-tanned leather and rawhide and demonstrate our workshops: Drum building and hide tanning. We are working toward researching and publishing traditional hide tanning knowledge from the women who still practice this practical art form. The original languages of the art are integral to understand the relationship to the animal, the tools, and techniques.


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