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Spring 2015

Greetings Educators

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As the school year winds down, I would like to congratulate each and every one of you for the efforts you have put into making your classrooms, schools and communities secure and productive environments for your students and fellow staff members.

It may seem that this congratulatory note is a blanket statement; however, it is my experience that classroom teachers, principals and other educators, such as resource teachers and educational assistants, who are in their schools on a daily basis, are consistently committed not only to their students’ learning progress but also to the overall wellness of everyone involved in their communities.

I’d like extend congratulations to the Lighting the Fire 2015 Student Essay Contest winners, Sparrow Kennedy of Bloodvein First Nation and Tori Krista- Lynn Ross of Cross Lake First Nation. Sparrow is in Grade 9 at Miskooseepi School, and hopes to be an engineer or mechanic someday. His essay discussed how the eagle is an enduring symbol of leadership for First Nations people. Tori attends Grade 12 at Otter-Nelson River School She is interested in kinesiology and plays many sports year round. She wrote about leadership, using the eagle’s abilities and habits as metaphors for overcoming challenges in life. You can view both these students presenting their essays in our video library,

I know many of you will soon be wrapping up school projects and activities for the summer. Final exams, field days, and camping trips are some of the events I remember as memorable, end of the year fun. (Well, maybe not all exams.)

Have a well-deserved and safe summer holiday!

Sincerely, Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director


Science Fair Projects. Real World Impact.

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Recent Publications at MFNERC

The Long Tent of Life Compiled by researcher Craig Charbonneau Fontaine, this booklet features a three-part story written by James Settee Jr. that was first … Read More >

Speaking in Tongues

Contributed by: Elder Don Robertson Read More >

School Profile: St. Theresa Point High School

Serving junior kindergarten through high school, St. Theresa Point First Nation’s schools strive to provide an environment that facilitates learning in a whole and balanced … Read More >

School Profile: Red Sucker Lake School

The Red Sucker Lake Education Board administers the Red Sucker Lake School that offers nursery to Grade Twelve to approximately 340 students, and is staffed … Read More >

Tikinagan – Moss Bags

Do your students know the history? A newborn is very powerful, the greatest of all teachers. They can sense things that are not the norm, … Read More >

Traditional First Nation Community Names Map

After many years of research and interviews, the much-anticipated interactive version of the Manitoba Traditional First Nation Community Names mapping project is complete. It is … Read More >

Bringing Our Successes to Light

The 2015 Lighting the Fire Education Conference, in partnership with the Western Canada First Nations Administrators Education Conference May 6-8 was a resounding success. Close … Read More >

Embracing Our Youth

Mikisew Middle School, along with MFNERC, was proud to host the 5th annual Embracing our Youth conference May 26-29 in beautiful Pimicikimak Cree Nation. Once again the … Read More >

Issues Archives: Spring 2015