Research & Development


MFNERC has been working diligently with First Nation-run schools in areas such as leadership, classroom instruction, capacity building, assessment, school planning, data collection, information technology, which has resulted in much success. In order to see further progress, MFNERC’s goal is to proceed to the next stage of what is being referred to as education transformation. Transformation of First Nations education is being proposed as an alternate to the status quo.

Beginning in 2015, a focus on education transformation became an important component of the work of MFNERC.


The Research & Development Program (RDP) is responsible for projects related to First Nations educational resources, curriculum development, and leadership. The program develops, creates and provides classroom resources for Manitoba’s First Nations schools. These materials – in print, audio and video – are created in partnership with, or on request from, the educational leadership in the schools. Priority is given to culturally appropriate and language-based materials.

In addition, RDP creates school-initiated courses that help students achieve high school credits. Recent courses include First Nations Law, First Nations Leadership, and World Indigenous Peoples Perspectives. Other examples include an Oral History course/project for Grade 12 students, and a land issues course. RDP has also created a First Nations Traditional Names map of Manitoba, and has been working to form a First Nations Archives to be housed in the Winnipeg Instructional Resource Centre.

The program accomplishes all of these many objectives by coordinating oral and action research to facilitate consultation and gather data from Elders and others, as well as academic research.

News & Events

Attention Land-based Educators

Our Research & Development department will be hosting two land-based curriculum development regional gatherings. Read More…

Sign up for FNCF Focus Groups

The FNCF Curriculum Develop. focus group sessions (Aug. 15-17) have been postponed. Read More…

Register for the Land-based Youth Gathering

Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation will be hosting the 7th Annual Youth Gathering for Traditional Land-based Teachings March 1-3.     Read More…

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