I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome spring. The birds are singing, the sun is hot and the snow is almost all gone. It was a long cold winter for us all and I am sure we are welcoming the new season with open arms.
The Manitoba First Nations Science Fair was once again a great success. I thank all the school staff, volunteers and students who participated. I would like to acknowledge Rudy Subedar and his team for the immense amount of time they spent planning and organizing this exposition of students’ knowledge and skills.
The Lighting the Fire Conference is upon us. The theme for this year’s conference is Sounding the Drums: Reclaiming our Rightful Place in First Nations Education. It promises to be another outstanding event, with numerous and diverse speakers and workshops. This annual spring event provides excellent opportunities for educators to strengthen professional relationships and network to meet new contacts. I encourage the delegates to mingle, meet and share. Drop by the SmokeSignals interactive technological survey booth and the LTF Corner Café where educators can come together, dialogue and discuss workshops and current educational issues. Visit the LTF Trade show also in the Wellington Room.
One of the videos recently produced by MFNERC is entitled Dropping Out Changes Your Life. MFNERC staff Wayne Grafton and Nicole Magne collaborated with the students and staff from Southeast Collegiate. Be sure to check it out on YouTube under the same name.
On behalf of the staff and management of MFNERC, it is our hope that you enjoy this issue of The Arrow. You can upload it from the MFNERC website at www.mfnerc.com which includes other information about the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre.
Lorne C. Keeper