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Join us at the 2017 Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference on October 5th & 6th 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 will focus on Indigenous knowledge in scientific and technical fields: what do they consist of; how do they impact our teaching methodologies; and how are they reflected in programming and curriculum?


Indigenous knowledge is expansive and fluid. Science and technology are vast and creative fields from which all areas of education take inspiration. Promoting and sharing this knowledge for the benefit of First Nations students can and will stimulate creative thinking and motivation for individual learning, community growth and wellness.


Traditionally, First Nations peoples understood science and had technology to not only to survive but to thrive. More so than ever in the 21st Century—whether it is using technology for communication, math or literacy learning or practicing traditional research methods—Indigenous knowledge in science and technology is helping First Nations to explore and understand the world.


Workshops in the areas of language and culture will also be presented.



2017 Keynote Speaker – Wilfred Buck


Wilfred Buck is a science facilitator at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC). He works with First Nations schools to bring an Indigenous perspective to teaching science. Wilfred, who is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, also introduces students to a whole new universe. Throughout the year he takes a mobile dome-shaped planetarium to communities to teach students about Cree constellations, such as Wesakaychak and Keewatin. What makes Wilfred’s lessons even more intriguing is that he shares star stories about First Nations, which he gathered from Cree, Ojibwe and Dakota nations. Students learn that it wasn’t just the Romans and Greeks who studied the stars, that their people knew just as much about the stars as other cultures. Wilfred helps students develop an appreciation of First Nations mythology, as well as giving them a sense of connection to their culture and to science.



On-site registration will open at 8:00 am Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre.


All participants must complete a separate registration form. This conference is free of charge for Elders and employees of Manitoba Band Operated Schools and the Manitoba First Nations School System. Other non-affiliated school divisions and institutions are required to pay a nominal fee for adults and students. We will accept cash, credit card, certified cheque, or cheque from an organization or band (no personal cheques).


Conference Fees (due upon registration at the conference site):

Affiliates: Free
Elders: Free
Non-affiliate Adult: $50.00 per person
Non-affiliate Student: $25.00 per person


On-site registration will open at 8:00 am Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. All workshops are on a first come, first served basis.



Workshop Descriptions – Please click this link to view workshop descriptions.

Workshop Schedule – Tentative schedule only. Times and locations subject to change.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 (PM)
Friday, October 6, 2017 (AM & PM)



Submission period is now closed.



We are now at capacity! Applications are now closed.

Cost: $250 (Cost indicates rate per table. Personal cheques will not be accepted.)

Electrical Outlet: $20 (one per table)




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 and Convention Centre is the host for this year’s conference. Please mention “Circle of Knowledge”, when making your reservation to receive the conference guest room rate of $115 +taxes, per room, per night. 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.




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