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2017 FNCKP Workshop Descriptions



Growing Young Scientists

Presenters: Jessica Chisholm, Mindy Sinclair, Louise Cameron, Audrey Fourre, Anne Rundle, MFNERC
Audience: Early Years Educators

Join MFNERC’s Early Learning Facilitators for an exploration of the Kindergarten science curriculum learning outcomes. We will discuss how to incorporate First Nations knowledge into the curriculum. We will also look at how to use provocations, loose parts, learning centres and open-ended questions to facilitate children’s love and learning of science.


Safety in the Science Classroom and Laboratory

Presenters: Rosely Booth, Candace Wilson, MFNERC
Audience: K-12 Teachers 

The science laboratory is a place where students engage in hands-on experiences that will impact their future studies. Providing a safe learning environment is key for a positive science experience, as well as activating creative and innovative minds. This workshop offers information on proper safety practices when handling, storing, and disposing chemicals and other materials according to Manitoba Science and Safety: A Kindergarten to Grade 12 Resource Manual for Teachers, Schools, and School Divisions.


Aiming for High School Math!

Presenter: Chun Ong, MFNERC
Audience: K-12 Teachers

This workshop will focus on the teaching and learning of some essential K – 12 math skills in basic arithmetics, pre-algebra and algebra, that are very much needed for meaningful social, academic and intellectual engagement of students in high school math and science. In particular, this workshop will explore the transformation of the number sense and number operations into basic high school algebra. All teachers of K – 12 are welcome!


Stone Pathway to Healing

Presenter: Roy Mason
Audience: Counsellors, Teachers, Social Workers

This workshop is intended to open the door to look at ways we can effectively treat clients that may have been through a counselling system which did not help them. We will do this by using a traditional approach. The presenter will share some traditional teachings that he was given in the area of counselling. The role of language will also be looked at, as it defines who we are as people. Some traditional laws and protocols, including using stones as tools in the counselling process, will be discussed. The workshop will be presented in the Island Lake dialect as well as English.


The Science of Early Learning

Presenters: Jessica Chisholm, Mindy Sinclair, Louise Cameron, Audrey Fourre, Anne Rundle, MFNERC
Audience: Early Years Educators

We will look at the science behind early learning in all of the developmental domains. Addressing all areas of children’s development, while considering the needs of the whole child, supports children in developing and strengthening their sense of identity. Investing in these foundational and crucial early years results in many positive outcomes for children, which we will also explore.


School-wide Planning for the Inclusion of First Nations Languages and Cultures

Presenter: Wanda Barker, MFNERC
Audience: All

The need for instructors to use more technology and innovation while planning student-based learning strategies for the integration of First Nations languages and cultures is challenging, but will lead to more effective outcomes. There is also an increasing demand to integrate and infuse First Nations languages and cultural learning school-wide so that all school staff are working collaboratively.  This presentation and follow-up discussion will highlight current First Nations Language and Culture programs, initiatives and curriculum and learning strategies that cultivate and strengthen the evolving identity of First Nations students.


Seven Stages of Learning

Presenters: Betty Lynxleg, Darcy-Anne Thomas, Violet Okemaw, MFNERC
Audience: Educators, Administrators, Curriculum Developers

MFNERC’s Research and Development Department (R&D) has been in the process of developing a First Nations Curriculum that will support schools by providing relevant education that is grounded in First Nations traditional knowledge, gives insight to the history of colonization, and examines the contemporary status of First Nations within the Canadian and Manitoba dynamic. In this workshop, the First Nations Curriculum Framework (FNCF) will be summarized, but the focus of the session will be on moving beyond the framework and into the development of a curriculum guide. The First Nations 7 stages of life will be presented as a design to guide the development of a scope and sequence for the curriculum. Participants will examine a proposed outline and provide feedback to be considered for further development by the R&D team. It is vital that educators in locally controlled schools provide their insight not only on the FNCF, but more significantly on the work that must move the framework forward and toward delivery in the classroom; this session will provide that opportunity.


An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding the Diagnosis and Learning Strategies to Support our Students

Presenters: MFNERC’s Special Education Facilitators
Audience: Classroom and Resource Teachers, Educational Assistants, Caregivers, Child Development Workers, Parents

This session will provide a foundational overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder from a multi-disciplinary team, including Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Physiotherapy, to present on common characteristics and behaviours, methods of assessment and diagnosis, and practical intervention strategies.  This session will offer caregivers and school staff a broad range of useful approaches for student success.


Assessing Achievement in Science Learning

Presenters: Brenda Delorme, Alberto Mansilla, MFNERC
Audience: Grades 1-12 Teachers

This workshop focuses on communicating science learning using the comments section and academic performance scale on the Manitoba Standard Report Card. Participants will discuss Indigenous perspectives on science learning and assessment. Practical application of science learning processes will also be examined in context with First Nations science projects. Participants will practice writing comments for three science reporting categories.


Developing Number Sense through Mental Math: Fluency, Fun and Confidence are the Foundations of Success with Math

Presenter: Liz Barrett, JUMP Math
Audience: K-6 Teachers

Learn how to assess student fluency and understanding of Mental Math in this workshop, and also how to teach the times tables by exploring patterns. We will explore strategies that build confidence in young students and maximize their numeracy development through mental math games and guided instruction. We will share a JUMP Math mental math checklist to support and guide your instruction. JUMP Math, a registered Canadian charity has developed complete lesson plans for teachers. The teacher resources for KG to Grade 8 are free online and support outstanding math instruction.


Breathing Fundamentals

Presenter: Adrienne Shum
Audience: All

This workshop will explore the power of our own breath through traditional yoga techniques called pranayama. Breathwork might appear simple at first, but its simplicity belies its power. On a physical level, a breathing practice can help with asthma, respiratory problems, and tone the abdominal muscles. On a mental/emotional level, it is an accessible method of working through stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. A breathing practice is attainable, portable, and convenient; accessible to all age groups and backgrounds. It is a way to cultivate mindfulness, stability and resilience. Through this workshop, participants can gain the opportunity to work intimately with the breath and discover how these practices can be helpful with everyday life.


Education Leadership: My Perspective

Presenters: George Ross, Clarence Haney, Charles Fontaine, Sandy Robinson, MFNERC
Audience: Classroom Teachers, Educational Assistants, Administrators, School Board/Committee Members, Parents, Elders

“Principals make a difference in student learning, and the most powerful strategy for having a positive impact on that learning is to facilitate the learning of the educators through the PLC process.” – Dufour and Marzano. A circle discussion about educational leadership, in this workshop conference participants will share their thoughts and ideas about leadership. This information will assist MFNERC’s Education Administration Facilitators to enhance their support for school administration. “Serious reform, is changing the culture and structure of the school. Once that is said, it should be self-evident that the principal as the head of the organization is crucial, they must lead the changes in the culture of the school.” – Fullan.


First Nations (Indigenous) Knowledge in the Classroom

Presenters: Jennifer Williams, MFNERC; Gwen Harper, St. Theresa Point
Audience: Classroom Teachers

Presenters will discuss how they integrated First Nations land-based, traditional knowledge into their classrooms with students. Gwen Harper is from St. Theresa Point First Nation; Island-Lake (Oji-Cree) dialect. Gwen will share how she integrated teachings of labrador leaves, kakakepuk; and seneca roots, weekes, into her classroom. Jennifer Williams is from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation; Rocky Cree. Jennifer will discuss how she taught students about the traditional use of medicines using their Cree terms and share her Book of Traditional Medicines. There will be a brief introduction on intellectual property; that is, respecting knowledge that is shared & honoring its origin.


Heart Smart Kids – A FREE Classroom Resource for K-6

Presenters: June Montour, Norbert Mercredi, MFNERC; Amanda Nash, Heart and Stroke Foundation
Audience: Physical Education, Health, and Science Teachers, Administrators

Heart Smart Kids (HSK) is a unique classroom resource focused on enabling elementary school teachers to more effectively promote awareness and educate students on holistic well-being though activities around the basics of healthy living, physical activity and nutrition. This free classroom support resource enhances health literacy in the school and home environment. Together we will review the resource, educator training and example activities making each participant a HeartSmart educator who can then use the free classroom resources. The session will end with discussion and recommendations for integration of HSK into Manitoba First Nations schools while promoting best practices for academic, language and culture.


Integrating Technology into Cross-curricular Learning

Presenters: Angela Alexander, Esri Canada; Michael Li, MFNERC
Audience: All

Empower students to explore their world. ArcGIS Online gives students the tools to ask, acquire, analyze, communicate and take action with a strong connection to spatial reasoning skills. In this session, you will learn how this web-based, cross-curricular mapping tool can be used to support inquiry-based learning and teaching across the curriculum. Examples of how ArcGIS Online can be used will be provided. Participants will have an opportunity to register for an account and be provided with links to begin a learning journey. During this workshop, we will also share community maps, and e-Stories, both of which were created by students. It will be most beneficial for those who are interested in, or working towards, land-based education programs using technology.


Integrating Technology into your School Through the Identification of International Standards and Exploration of iPad Applications 

Presenters: Melissa Granovsky, Sabrina Hochman, MFNERC
Audience: Teachers, Administrators

Are you an administrator or teacher that is uncertain of how to incorporate technology in you classroom? Do you feel like you don’t know where to start in terms of technology planning, resource selection or implementation? If so, then this workshop is for you! The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed a comprehensive framework for technology integration in our schools. These standards provide clear and concise criteria for teachers and students which promote the harnessing of technology effectively in our classrooms. Within this workshop, we will provide an overview of ISTE as a framework and ways to implement three iPad applications and their uses in accordance to the ISTE requirements. Bring your smart device and join in with us as we explore how to integrate technology into your school with the identification of international standards and exploration of iPad applications. Please note: This will be an interactive workshop; please bring your SMART devices and download Dragon Dictation, Khan Academy and Microsoft OneNote. Thank you in advance!


Mathematics and the Relationship with Land-based Learning

Presenters: MFNERC’s Numeracy Facilitators
Audience: Grades 4-8 Teachers

Do teachers in our First Nations schools employ Indigenous land-based learning for students or are First Nations perspectives an afterthought? First Nations world views and philosophies include seeing the land as providing opportunities to learn, an acknowledgement of the connections to the land and ways to explore identity. In this workshop, participants will engage in developing a time line using the seasons to explore the relationships between mathematics and land based activities. Discussion will include personal teaching methods in mathematics and creating a culture of a risk taking where learning styles are acknowledged.


Our Gifts

Presenters: Sophie Boulanger, Diane Powderhorn, Olga McIvor, MFNERC

Audience: All

Everything and everyone in the universe is connected; therefore, everything has a purpose. First Nations’ connection with Mother Earth and all of creation is a central tenet in First Nations world view and philosophy. Join us as Elders present their perspectives of the gifts from the Creator. First Nations developed intricate knowledge and understanding of the natural world through observation and listening, which fosters an appreciation for the interdependence of all life forms.


Songs, Dance and Stories in the Classroom

Presenters: William Dumas, Winston Wuttunee, Stella Young, MFNERC
Audience: Language & Culture Instructors, Native Studies Teachers

Children love music, children love to dance, children love stories. In this workshop all participants, whether they be Aboriginal Language and Culture Teachers, Native Studies Teachers or those who teach First Nations children, will experience the joy of using music, dance and stories to enhance classroom teaching. English will be used to deliver most of the workshop because of the varied languages we use in the classroom. Come sing, dance and listen to stories so you can pass them on to the children.


The New ELA Curriculum

Presenters: Arlene Flatfoot, Deborah Tegg, Margaret Monias, Donna Prince, Virginia Moose, MFNERC
Audience: Educators

MFNERC’s Literacy Facilitators welcome educators to learn about the new ELA Curriculum. Participants will explore the characteristics and design of rich learning experiences in the context of the new English Language Arts Curriculum, consider the roles of the teacher and the students, and discuss student learning through multiple forms of evidence. We will also consider next steps for further inquiry, experimentation, and conversation.


Thinking about Fractions: Helping the 1/2s and the 1/2nots

Presenters: MFNERC’s Numeracy Facilitators
Audience: Grades 4-8 Teachers

Fractions challenge the best of us both teachers and students. This session will engage participants in several classroom-ready activities that use the number line and other manipulatives to help students develop an understanding of fractions.


Transparent Language Online for Education

Presenters: Lyle Wood, Karen Taylor, MFNERC; Nelliane Cromarty, Elder
Audience: Educators, Elders

This session will look at Transparent Language Online for Education, an online system that can be used with apps for your mobile devices and computers. It is a technological tool distributed free by MFNERC in partnership with BYKI to support language learning. Transparent Language is specifically designed to assist educators with the task of teaching a First Nations language – Cree, Dakota, Denesuline, Ojibwe-Cree, or Ojibwe.


I Do and I Understand: Discovery Learning Theory

Presenters: Alberto Mansilla, MFNERC; Darja Kalajdzievsk, University of Manitoba
Audience: Educators

Guided discovery, also known as an inductive approach, is an instructional methodology through which students interact with their environment. By exploring and manipulating objects, wrestling with questions and controversies or performing experiments, students are able to discover knowledge and develop their own understanding. In partnership with the Math Mania and Bio Buzz Indigenous Outreach Project of the University of Manitoba, which aims to build strategic connections with Indigenous communities across the province, young students are encouraged to pursue the sciences throughout their schooling with an interest and positive attitudes that can lead to STEM career choices in the future.



Presenter: Robyn Lazar
Audience: All

“Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.” Yoga can seem intimidating, and finding the right class can be confusing. In this beginners class we will start from the ground up, keeping an eye on your alignment every step of the way. You will discover how your breath can ease not only your mind, but help you deepen into your practice as well.