Physical Education and Health

This new MFNERC program supports physical education and health programming in First Nations schools through promoting innovative strategies and creative programming for physical education and health teachers to enhance the provincial curriculum.

The program promotes new initiatives to  First Nations schools, provides ongoing support to physical education/health teachers at the community level to build capacity, provides support via technology where possible through video conferencing, Skype, WebEx, phone, email, etc. (please note: video conferencing capability will depend on internet connectivity in communities.)

The program promotes networking, information sharing and other professional development (mini-sessions) to enhance physical education/health programming. It also provides professional development (PD) opportunities for First Nations school staff to upgrade skills on an annual basis.


Physical Education and Health Regional Gathering, Thompson 2016.

Pictured Above:
Back: Pamela Garrioch – Mikisew High School, Dustin Claffey – 1972 Memorial High School, Elye Bushie – Oxford House Elementary, Diana Allen – Mikisew Middle School, Justin Rupert – O.K. School, Art Blackurde – Kistiganwacheeng Elementary
Middle: Andrew Murphy – O.K. School, Stephan Matchem – George Saunders Memorial School, Nicole C. Muswagon – Mikisew High School, Linette McKay – Joe A. Ross School
Seated: Norbert Mercredi, Bill Ballantyne

The Physical Education and Health Facilitator will:

•       Conduct on-site school visits to assist physical education/health teachers on programming

•       Advise First Nations schools on effective culturally relevant physical education/health program development and delivery

•       Assist in delivery of informational workshops to all education stakeholders on effective physical education/health programs

•       Organize and lead regional Physical Education/Health/Wellness events

Other Supports:

•       In-servicing physical education/health staff in First Nations schools so that collegial dialogue, program sharing, brainstorming and networking can be facilitated

•       Providing general information to parents/guardians on health and physical activity related topics

•       Liaising with parents, students, teachers and sport/health entities

•       Sharing general and pertinent information with all shareholders of education on up-to-date curriculum materials/information in physical education/healthy living, including changes that may have taken place or contemplated

•       Promoting healthy living and health beneficial activities in First Nations schools that lead to pro-active prevention of the onset of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other health related issues that may affect First Nations students

•       Researching the probability of creating a sporting body that will develop and implement sporting events among the First Nations schools using MFNERC regional map as territorial areas leading to provincial competition


Physical Education and Health Regional Gathering, Winnipeg 2016.

Pictured Above:
Back: Derek Prince – Isaac Beaulieu Memorial School, Dean Govereau – Charles Sinclair School, Andrew Klaprat – Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School, Dustin Knott – George Knott School, Paul McCartan – Lake Manitoba School
Front:  Norbert Mercredi, Corey Fisher – Miskooseepi School, Angie Beaulieu – Ebb and Flow School, Margaret Williams – Ginew School, Alvin North – Lake St. Martin School, Fabian Harper – George Knott School

For more information, please contact:

Norbert Mercredi
Physical Education and Health Program Facilitator
204-594-1290 ext. 2095

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    Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9
    Phone: 204-594-1290 ext. 2243
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