Lighting the Fire (LTF) 2019 celebrated MFNERC’s 20th year in operation with the theme “Honouring Our Heritage—Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages.” This conference highlighted the richness of First Nations languages in Manitoba. Several workshops focused on language and culture and explored innovative strategies to ensure the reclamation of First Nations languages for all generations.
Hosted at the Victoria Inn Conference Centre, LTF 2019 welcomed a record number of over 1,400 delegates. On May 8, we commenced in a good way with a pipe ceremony and Grand Entry. After some moving remarks from the Centre’s leadership, the audience heard from three keynote speakers, Dr. Kevin Lewis, Dr. Lorena Fontaine, and Dr. Onowa McIvor.
With 38 unique workshops to choose from, including Language Lodges, attendees were provided with some hands-on tools and strategies to help revitalize the languages of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibwe, and Ojibwe-Cree peoples. Also offered were early years education sessions on ASL, First Nations ways of knowing math through literature, and even a session on bringing virtual reality into the classroom.
To read more about LTF 2019, check out our conference booklet.
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