Regional Recap

It was a jam packed two days in St. Theresa Point February 26 & 27 at the Island Lake Regional Education Conference. Hundreds of educators, administrators and support staff from Ebb & Flow, Red Sucker Lake, Garden Hill, Wasagamack and Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nations converged on St. Theresa Point Middle and High Schools to network, share and learn about everything from Words Games for the Classroom to Building a School Website to First Nations Astronomy.

Treaty Commissioner of Manitoba, Jamie Wilson, gives the Keynote Address

The conference opened with many inspiring messages from St. Theresa Point school principals, the Chief and Council members, elders and youth. Then, Treaty Commissioner of Manitoba Jamie Wilson gave a keynote address, reminding everyone that, “The Treaties our ancestors signed promised education for their children and their children’s children. Our students need to know that they honour their ancestors when they go to school.”

During the various session times, a quick wander through the school revealed all kinds of sharing and learning. Elders skinned rabbits to teach traditional cooking, adults played games to learn activities for their classrooms, participants sat in discussion circles to talk about bullying, suicide awareness and life skills, and countless other engaging opportunities brought the learning to life.

Principal of St. Theresa Point Middle School, Roy Mason, was thrilled with the turnout and hopes this event will become an annual happening in his community, “It’s up to all of us educators to help carry our children forward. It’s good to come together like this and be reminded of that…to work as one for our students.” MFNERC’s Marcella McCorrister, who helped coordinate the conference, echoed this sentiment in her opening welcome, “The creator has given each of us a gift. We are here to help our children find their gifts.”

“Traditional Songs” workshop by St. Theresa Point drummers

To see more pictures of the conference, please visit our photo gallery!

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