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Physical Education & Wellness

Breathing Fundamentals

Presenter: Adrienne Shum

Audience: all

Breathing practices have been shown to help alleviate pain, manage stress, and cultivate awareness. This workshop will explore yogic breathing (pranayama), which is the next step along the journey to a deeper and subtler yoga practice. Pranayama is translated from Sanskrit as, “control of the breath.” The breath is the bridge between the body and mind, hence learning to become intimate with the breath will result in a deeper understanding of the body-mind connection. This session will cover the basics of pranayama, including posture and breath duration. The techniques explored in this class are an excellent complement to a more physical style of yoga practice.


Aboriginal Games and Co-operative Activities

Presenter: Blair Robillard

Audience: all

Have fun learning and exploring traditional values that are built on a foundation of respect. In this workshop, participants will learn about the diverse applications of traditional First Nations games and co-operative activities. The benefits of such activities will also be discussed, including the low to no cost of all games and activities and how they are applicable to all academic fields and curricula. The circle teachings applied to the games and activities encourage the use of holistic teachings. They also can be used for self, team and support staff assessments.


Expanding Diabetes Knowledge

Presenters: Tannyce Cook, TDC, IRTC; Vivian Omarr, TDC, FARHA; and Natalie Wowk Slukynsky, FNIHB

Audience: teachers, principals, educational assistants, administrative staff

Rates of type 2 diabetes mellitus in children are rising in Manitoba, and schools provide varying levels of student support and education. Following this session, schools will feel empowered to provide more support to students with type 2 diabetes, reduce the stigma, and increase healthy living education in schools.
This presentation will provide a snapshot of what it’s like to be a child with diabetes in Manitoba. It will also give an update on resources presently in place, and offer recommendations to expand diabetes knowledge at the community level, including in schools, by providing holistic well-being and care through knowledge, support, and collaboration.
Healthy living with physical activity and nutrition will be discussed, and mental health wellness in relation to a chronic illness will be highlighted. The session will end with a question period, discussion and recommendations for expanding diabetes awareness into Manitoba’s First Nations schools while eliminating barriers to better support children living with diabetes, and their families.


Cultivating Connection to Self, Community, and Greater Meaning: The Experience of the Quiet Time Meditation Program at Songide’ewin School

Presenters: Dr. Cathy Moser and Ms. Chaya Green

Audience: grades 5-12 teachers, school administrators 

The Quiet Time (QT) program offers students and their teachers training in transcendental meditation, and provides for two, 15-minute meditation periods during the day. Although different forms of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years by many cultures, meditation is becoming more mainstream. The benefits, including healthier bodies, more creative minds, and enhanced mental health, have been scientifically studied and shared around the world.
The QT is one of several programs that is being introduced into schools. This workshop will describe the program, its benefits and its potential for schools throughout the province.


Badminton World Federation’s Shuttle Time – Badminton Programming for Children and Youth

(Please note: This workshop is off site at the University of Manitoba)

Presenters: Justin Friesen and Ryan Giesbrecht, Manitoba Badminton Association

Audience: physical education teachers and activity leaders

The Manitoba Badminton Association (MBA) is spreading the word about the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Shuttle Time Program across Manitoba. The program teaches activity leaders how to run badminton programs in their communities through 22 professionally created lesson plans. These lesson plans are combined with videos and teaching manuals that highlight learning outcomes for each activity, as well as modifications for making activities easier or more challenging, depending on the instructor’s group dynamic.


Physical Literacy that Uplifts the Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit

Presenter: Joannie Halas

Audience: K-8 educators

In this physically active session, we will participate in a variety of informal and lead-up games that allow children and youth to develop their movement skills in a safe, inclusive and educational way. Participants will leave the workshop with a variety of games and activities to use in the gymnasium, and ideas of how to make participation safe, fun and engaging for all students.



(Please note: This workshop is off site at the University of Manitoba)

Presenter: Michele Sung

Audience: K-12 physical education teachers

Get ready for an active workshop that will involve technical stations and small side games related to basketball.


Heart Smart Kids – A Classroom Resource for Grades K-6

Presenters: Amanda Nash, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Norbert Mercredi and June Montour, MFNERC

Audience: K-6 teachers, administrative staff

Heart Smart Kids (HSK) is a unique classroom resource focused on enabling elementary school teachers to more effectively promote awareness, and educate students on holistic well-being though activities around the basics of healthy living, physical activity and nutrition. This resource has been used in BC for the past 20 years and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is looking to expand its availability to First Nations across Canada. This session will engage teachers and administrators while reviewing the Indigenous related content of HSK to ensure it better reflects regional cultural differences and discuss how it could support their work. We will highlight the success of HSK in BC’s First Nations and together we will review the resource, educator training and example activities. The session will end with discussion and recommendations of integration of HSK into Manitoba First Nations schools while promoting best practices for academic, language and culture.


Physical Literacy: A Path to Well-being

Presenter: Paul Paquin

Audience: K-12 physical education and classroom teachers, school physical activity facilitators

Physical Literacy is the new buzz word that describes the fundamental line of development for engaging in lifelong physical activity in a variety of ways. Participants in this workshop will deepen their understanding of the concept of physical literacy and how it is addressed in today’s physical and health curriculum. The role of the whole school in supporting student and community well-being through the physical dimension will also be discussed as it relates to physical activity programming and opportunities throughout the school day.



(This workshop is off site at the University of Manitoba)

Presenter: Vanessa Martinez Lagunes

Audience: K-12 physical education teachers

Get ready for an active workshop that will involve technical stations and small side games related to soccer.


Beginner Yoga – Physical Limitations Session

Presenter: Robyn Lazar

Audience: all

“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.” Yoga can seem intimidating, and finding the right class can be confusing. In this beginners class we will start from the ground up, keeping an eye on your alignment every step of the way. You will discover how your breath can ease not only your mind, but help you deepen into your practice as well.


Emergency First Aid with CPR & AED

(Please note: This workshop is a 6.5 hour certification course that will take place on Tuesday, May 9, a minimum of 10 participants is necessary)

Presenter: Bryan Wall, St. John Ambulance

Audience: all

The primary focus of this workshop is CPR Level C (adult/infant/child), AED (defibrillator), and emergency situations (ie. chocking, bleeding, asthma, allergies). The course is aimed at individuals working within 30 minutes of a medical facility in low hazard work environments. It is suitable for anyone who provides care for infants, children and/or adults, federal government employees, home care providers, coaches, spectators at any amateur sporting event, educational support staff, teachers, office or retail workers and parents.


Early Years Games with a First Nations Perspective

Presenters: John Monias, Lorrain Harper and Tanya Dawn McDougall

Audience: teachers, educational assistants

This workshop will overview some games that incorporate First Nations perspectives when working with children. The presenters offer many years of experience working with First Nations children in the early years.


The Rec and Read/Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Programs (AYMP) for All Nations

Presenters: Aaron Fontaine, Sagkeeng First Nation, Heather McRae and Joannie Halas, University of Manitoba

Audience: educators

Rec and Read/AYMP is a communal, relationship-based after school physical activity, nutrition and educational program that involves children, youth and adult mentors who work together to plan and deliver weekly activities. Informed by Indigenous teachings and worldviews, AYMP builds on the strengths, energy and leadership of youth to build healthy, inclusive communities where all children and youth have safe healthy places to be, belong, grow and give of themselves.