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Join us at the 2018 Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference on October 4 & 5 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre located at 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


This year’s First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference theme is: LANGUAGE IS LIFE.


On December 6, 2016, the Government of Canada announced a commitment to enact an Indigenous Languages Act, co-developed with Indigenous Peoples, with the goal of ensuring the preservation, promotion and revitalization of First Nations languages. Consultations with First Nations across Canada revealed that culture and language combine to form the foundation of Indigenous identities, philosophies and worldviews. Consequently, preservation, promotion and revitalization efforts must appropriately consider these components within a legislative framework that must be put in place and enacted.


The 2018 Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference will recognize and celebrate First Nations languages. We must preserve, revitalize, and maintain First Nations languages to fully understand and embrace our unique histories, cultural practices, and traditional political and social systems.


Learning of language and fluency is the goal for current and future generations. Learning about language is knowing and understanding the history, culture, traditional values, and evolution of the languages. Learning through language is the key to Indigenous perspectives, shedding light on self-identity, nationhood, connection to the land, intergenerational knowledge, the intrinsic relationships to all living beings, and mino-bimaadiziwin, a good life.


Workshops and presentations at this year’s conference will focus on language and culture, and they will explore innovative practices, strategies, and solutions that schools and communities can share to ensure thriving First Nations languages.



Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judy Thompson
October 4, Centennial Ballroom


Edōsdi / Dr. Judy Thompson is a member of the Tahltan Nation. She is the Director of the Tahltan Language and Culture Program for the Tahltan Central Government and an Assistant Professor in First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. In 2018, Edōsdi received the Distinguished Academic – Early in Career Award from the Canadian University Faculty Associations of BC. This was in recognition of her contributions to Indigenous Language Revitalization and Reclamation with her nation and other Indigenous nations and communities. She is also a recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award (2018). Her research interests include Indigenous language revitalization and reclamation, Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous knowledge systems, and Indigenous curricula and pedagogy.





Annual Circle of Knowledge Tradeshow
Centennial 2





MC – Tina Keeper


Tina Keeper, Norway House Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg based media producer. She is President of Kistikan pictures. She recently produced a feature film called Through Black Spruce, and other productions include the Road of Iniquity, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, ‘Going Home Star’, a short documentary called ‘The REDress REdress Project’ and the APTN drama series ‘Cashing In’.


Tina was also Member of Parliament.  She has  a BA   from  the  U of W, trained  at  the Centre  for Indigenous  Theatre,  the  Banff  Centre  and  the  Sundance  Film  Institute. Tina  currently   serves   as  Chairperson of the board of trustees   for   the   Helen  Betty  Osborne  Memorial Foundation,  Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is member of the  Order of Manitoba, a recipient of an Aboriginal Achievement Award, a Gemini Award, 3 American Indian Film Festival awards, a  2014  Canadian  Civil Liberties  Association  award  for  Public  Engagement, ACTRA’s 2017 Women of the Year, and a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Wilfred Laurier University.



Indian Horse


This captivating film will be shown October 4 at 7:00 pm in the Centennial Ballroom.












Workshop with Dr. John Eller


Dr. John Eller works with businesses, educational organizations, and government/non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, project management, employee evaluation, meeting facilitation, dealing with difficult people, conflict resolution, professional learning communities, conferencing skills, coaching skills, school improvement planning and implementation, differentiated instruction, employee recruitment,selection, and induction, supervisory skills, and effective instructional strategies.


John has his PhD. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University-Chicago and his MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. John wrote Effective Group Facilitation in Education: How to Energize Meetings and Manage Difficult Groups, and co-authored So, Now You’re the Superintendent, Working with and Evaluating Difficult School Employees, the best-selling, Energizing Staff Meetings and Creative Strategies to Improve School Culture all through Corwin Press. John co-authored Working with Difficult and Resistant Staff, and Score to Soar: Moving Teachers from Evaluation to Professional Growth through Solution Tree Publishing.


Dr. Eller has also developed training manuals and courses on productive leadership skills, project management, strategic planning, performance evaluation processes, conflict coaching, and peer coaching for businesses and government/non-profit organizations.




Workshop: Conversation with the Elders is an opportunity to sit with Elders from various First Nations, listen to their stories, hear their perspectives and ask questions. 




2018 Individual Registration Form – Fillable PDF

2018 Group Registration Form, School – Fillable PDF

2018 Group Registration Form, Organization/Company – Fillable PDF



2018 Individual Registration Form

2018 Group Registration Form, School

2018 Group Registration Form, Organization/Company


This conference is free of charge for Elders and employees of Manitoba band operated schools and the Manitoba First Nations School System. A $50.00/adult and $25.00/student conference fee for all other delegates is due upon registration at the conference site. We will accept cash, credit card, certified cheque, or cheque from an organization or band (no personal cheques).


Registration is available:

  • Online
  • Fax to (204) 942-2490 (Attention: FNCKP 2018)
  • Email to
  • In person/mail to: FNCKP 2018, Unit 2-100 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9

We will accept registrations by fax, walk-in or mail until 4:00 pm Friday, September 28, 2018.

On-site registration will open at 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. All workshops are on a first come, first served basis.



Click here for workshop descriptions and schedules.

October 4th – Thursday PM*

October 5th – Friday AM and PM*

*Tentative schedule only – times and locations are subject to change.



Submission period is now closed.



Tradeshow is now full.




Hotel Reservations at the Victoria Inn:

Guest Room Rate of $115.00 + taxes, per room, per night.


All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the individual.


Clement Travel Agency is the official travel agent for the MFNERC. For assistance in planning your travel, please contact Clement Travel at (204) 985-5290, in Winnipeg.


The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre is the host for this year’s conference. Please mention “MFNERC”, when making your reservation to receive the conference rate. The toll free number for the hotel is 1-800-423-1337.




The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) assumes no responsibility for any injuries, theft or personal liabilities. The First Nations Circle of Knowledge & Practices Conference is an alcohol and drug free event.




MFNERC_Logo1[1]For more event information, please contact Joy Keeper:

Toll Free: 1-866-319-4857
(204) 594-1290 Ext.2064
Fax: (204) 942-2490