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Winter 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! On behalf of Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, I would like to welcome back all the educators and staff to the schools. It is my hope that you are well rested and had a wonderful holiday season.

Here are some things to take note of as the New Year gets underway:

Our online MFNERC calendar is already filling up with workshops and gatherings, for example the Education Directors’ are scheduled to meet in January and February; and round tables such as the High School Math Achievement Test Marking session are scheduled for both Winnipeg and Thompson.

There is a regional gathering set for March 4-5 at Chief Clifford Lynxleg Anishinabe School, Tootinaowziibeeng First Nation. And March is also the month where we, of course, host our annual First Nations Science Fair.

This year’s Lighting the Fire Conference will be held concurrently with the Western Canada First Nations Education Administrators Conference. The theme is Where Eagles Gather – A First Nations Education Leadership Summit and will showcase excellence in the field of First Nations education with a focus on issues faced in Western Canada. The conference will take place at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg, May 6-8. Visit our website soon to learn more and to register.

It is my hope that you enjoy this issue of The Arrow. It includes many interesting and informative stories, including what’s coming soon from our new publishing unit, a celebration of First Nations high school graduates, and a close-up look at the brand new Reading Recovery Teacher Training Centre, launched at Peguis Central School.

Please feel free to contact MFNREC’s offices at any time: 1-866-319-4857 or email

 Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director

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Reading Recovery Centre Now Open

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Recent Publications at MFNERC

Traditional Ways: Making Showshoes  As described by Elder Martin Wood, this informative booklet details, step by step, the traditional practice of building showshoes. It includes … Read More >

School Profile: Poplar River School

A primary objective of the Poplar River School is to continuously strengthen the education of all students. The school was built in 1981. The student … Read More >

School Profile: Sagkeeng Consolidated School

Sagkeeng Consolidated School, on the Sagkeeng First Nation, is a place where students are encouraged to use their unique talents to grow as individuals and … Read More >

Re-energize Your Classroom

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Mashkokiipinens: Louis Prince

A Mediator of Higher Powers At MFNERC, we have over 100 staff who are passionate about First Nations education. Take Craig Fontaine, a researcher in … Read More >

AFN Special Chiefs Assembly

The Special Chiefs Assembly of the Assembly of First Nations took place in Winnipeg, MB, Dec. 9-11, 2014, and MFNERC was there as part of … Read More >

Sapotaweyak Education Conference

contributed by Joy Keeper Neil Dennis Kematch Memorial School of the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, in partnership with MFERNC, hosted a regional education conference Nov. 24-25, … Read More >

Issues Archives: Winter 2015