May 10-12, 2017
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre’s mission statement is to help First Nations improve education for all learners to achieve [a good life]: mino-pimatisiwin (Cree/Ojibwe/Ojibwe-Cree) | honso aynai (Dene) | tokatakiya wichoni washte (Dakota).

This year’s Lighting the Fire will be showcasing best practices for academic, language and culture programs including language immersion, in-school and after school programs.

In 1998, First Nations Education Directors in Manitoba had a shared vision of creating the MFNERC to help them with improving the quality and relevance of education. Over the past 18 years, MFNERC has worked in partnership with First Nations educators to develop, initiate and support new programs.

Achieving holistic well-being has been a goal of First Nations.  This year’s Lighting the Fire will showcase ways professionals can help students to achieve mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being through creative and fun ways.

Sharing our success stories will help each of our schools to achieve even more success. We will explore various and diverse educational models for First Nations. Through the incorporation of First Nations knowledge and perspectives, First Nations schools have developed exciting new educational programs to provide opportunities for all learners to achieve: mino-pimatisiwin; honso aynai; and tokatakiya wichoniwashte. #agoodlife

Please check back often for updates including:

  • Workshop Titles
  • Workshop Schedule
  • Conference-At-A-Glance
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Entertainment
  • Conference Highlights
    ... and more!
Full Conference
1-4 people ............ $300 per person
5-19 people .......... $275 per person
20+ people ........... $225 per person 

Single Day
$100 per person (each day)

Full Conference ..... $115 per person
Single Day ............. $55 per person

Elders .................... Free


1. Credit card (online or on-site)
2. Authorized Purchase Order
3. Certified Cheque from an organization or band (no personal cheques)
4. Cash (on-site only)

Please make all payments payable to Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. and send to:

Lighting The Fire 2017 Registration
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9


First Nations Elders Leadership
Government Representatives Education Administrators
Principals Education Directors
Educators Parents
Students School Boards
Chiefs Councilors
Education Stakeholders All Other Interested

Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Phone: (204) 786-4801
Fax: (204) 786-1329
Toll Free 1-877-VIC-INNS or 1-877-842-4667

The Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre is a Canada Select 4 Star hotel. The hotel has 260 well appointed standard guest rooms and specialty rooms including executive, Honeymoon, Queen and Kid Theme suites. More then 28,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space makes it the largest convention hotel in Manitoba. Hotel amenities include a Dino-Beach Family Water Park, fitness room, washers, dryers and a gift shop in the hotel lobby. The hotel also offers complimentary parking, local phone calls, internet computer in the lobby, wireless internet in guest rooms and 24-hour airport shuttle. Other conveniences include Chicago Joe’s Restaurant lounge, and VLT Gaming Room.

All travel arrangements are the responsibility of the individual. Clement Travel is the official travel agent for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC). For assistance in planning your travel needs, please contact Clement Travel at (204) 985-5290.

The MFNERC assumes no responsibility for any injury, theft, or personal liabilities. First Aid and emergency services will be available on location. The Lighting the Fire conference is an alcohol and drug free event (excluding any alcohol sold by host hotel at the restaurant and banquet).

Table - $300 each
Electrical Outlet - $20 (maximum one outlet per table)

Applications accepted until all tables are filled.

Deadline for submissions is February 17, 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Joy Keeper, Conference Coordinator or Randi-Lisa Quedent, Conference Assistant
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.

Toll Free: 1-866-644-2065
Fax: 1-866-644-2084