May 9-11, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Now in its 19th year of operation, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is proud to acknowledge Manitoba’s First Nations operated schools by celebrating their accomplishments. First Nations educational and political leadership recognize that the knowledge and culture entrenched in community history and practice has to be what paves the way to ensuring that schools and students thrive. Unity and collaborative efforts are what have produced ground breaking initiatives, resources and curricula. Without the foundation of the Dakota, Ojibwe, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree and Dene languages, cultures and traditions, this would not have been possible. Many of the First Nations have moved beyond reconciliation by embracing their rich heritage to ensure healthy and culturally based learning environments. In the past year, there has been the creation of a Manitoba First Nations School System. It is a winning outcome of the concerted efforts of schools and community leadership working hand in hand.

This year’s Lighting the Fire will showcase workshops that exemplify the reclamation of language, culture and traditions and how they are manifested in school projects, initiatives, curricula and school planning. The First Nations school system will be highlighted featuring the schools involved and what this has meant in all areas related to the educational operations of the community.

Dr. Evan Adams - Day One

Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish physician and actor from Tla’amin Nation near Powell River, BC, Canada.

Evan is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific of Victoria, BC. He stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie "Lost in the Barrens" and its nominated sequel "Curse of the Viking Grave". Besides numerous episodics like "The Beachcombers" and "Black Stallion", he also appears in the feature film "Toby McTeague" and the Fox-TV movie "Lakota Moon". On the stage, some of his highlights include the role of Edmund in Women in View’s “Lear”, Creature Nataways in the Arts Club Theatre's production of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and Jamie in Headlines Theatre's "Mamu."

Evan stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre. SMOKE SIGNALS won the coveted Audience Award for best film and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. He also won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Debut Performance’. He has been a regular on the CBC TV-series DA VINCI’S CITY HALL and APTN’s RAVEN TALES. He won a 2011 Gemini Award for co-hosting the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards along with Adam Beach.

Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is the 2005 winner of the (provincial) Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the 2005 national winner of the Murray Stalker Award from the CFPC Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is the past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and is the past Director of the Division of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, UBC Faculty of Medicine. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministry of Health and with the (BC) First Nations Health Council (2007-2012). He was a Board Member of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer 2011-14 and the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the province of BC from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority, and a Board member of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.


Dr. Trudy Cardinal - Day Two

Dr. Trudy Cardinal is a Cree/Metis educator from Northern Alberta. She is currently an assistant professor in the Elementary Education department of the University of Alberta. As a former Elementary School teacher of 13 years, a mother, a grandmother, an aunty, and an Indigenous scholar she is dedicated to continuing to deepen understanding of the educational experiences of First Nations, Metis & Inuit children, youth and families. Her current research is an inquiry into former teacher education students' thinking in regards to the possibilities relational pedagogies and Indigenous ways of being and knowing create for shifting how schooling attends to literacy, particularly literacy in an Indigenous context.

2018 Trade Show registration is open.
Applications accepted until all tables are filled. Exhibitors registering after April 20, 2018 are not guaranteed a listing in the conference program booklet.

Please provide the name of the individual who is to receive future correspondence regarding set up and on site information.

Return completed application form via email, mail or fax to:

Toll Free: 1-866-319-4857
Fax: (204) 942-2490
Mail: 2 -1100 Waverley Street, Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9

Cost: $300
Electrical Outlet: $20


Payment Methods:

MFNERC will accept the following methods of payment mailed in advanced:

• Authorized Purchase Order – Can be electronically submitted to
• Certified Cheque or organization or band cheque (No Personal Cheques)

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

LTF 2018 Trade Show
c/o Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
Attention: Accounts Receivable
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 3X9

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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

Payment Methods
 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 2018 Registration
Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.
2-1100 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, MB R3T 3X9


Conference Location Information
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.

Health and Safety
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).

First Nation Elders • Leadership • Government Representatives • Principals • Educators • Students • Chiefs • Education Stakeholders • Leadership • Education Administrators • Education Directors • Parents • School Boards • Councilors • All Interested Groups and Individuals

Submit your workshop abstract proposal by April 6, 2018.

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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