Message from Executive Director
With the new school year upon us, we often take time to reflect on our school plans, goals and activities, and look toward enriching the lives of our students. This year, MFNERC is also looking at new plans and goals, as we undertake a transformation in operations. It is a positive move with the intent of providing more efficient services to everyone; from the school administrators to the educators in the classroom.
I remember years ago, when I was working as an educator in Manitoba’s northern region, the excitement and pride that children and parents had while walking through the school doors every September. It is a time like no other and many of us remember those happy feelings as children. However, we also know that this is not every child’s experience. It is up to us, the educators, to provide that feeling of safety and security for our students. For myself, if I simply took the time to recognize a child’s strengths and abilities, it went a long way in the heart and mind of that student. A kind gesture on the part of a teacher can mean so much. As our transformation continues, MFNERC will also remember to keep the best interests of the students in our hearts and minds.
This year’s First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference is taking place at the Victoria Inn, October 8 & 9. The theme is, Honouring our Past, Reclaiming our Future: Reconciliation in First Nation Education. The conference will feature a day and a half of professional development workshops highlighting the work of the MFNERC facilitators. For more information, and to register, visit www. mfnerc.com/events. Or, contact Joy Keeper, Conference Coordinator at 1-866-319-4857. Hope to see you there!
Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director