Lighting The Fire Workshop Descriptions

2019 Workshop Descriptions



Ambe! Anishinaabemodaa! Come! Let’s Speak Ojibwe!

Session 1, May 8, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 5)

Presenters: Wanda Barker, Gloria Barker

Audience: all

After some songs and activities for greetings and introductions, presenters will discuss the four Anishinaabemowin/Ojibwe/Saulteaux writing systems and will focus on learning the basics of the double vowel system. Participants will receive a handout of the vocabulary, dialogues, and songs covered in the workshop and will do a variety of movement activities and games involving walking, dancing, or jumping. As well, participants will learn short dialogues with either partners or small groups. The workshop will cover basic vocabulary, question/answer, direction/response, conversational terms, or sentence patterns for family, stages of life, numbers, everyday actions, and animals. Presenters will use visual and textual aids, puppets, musical instruments, and other concrete items to teach the basic language patterns and dialogues.



American Sign Language for Communication – ASL Is a Language

Session 2, May 8, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Embassy C)

Session 6, May 10, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (Embassy C)

Presenters: Vernon Jebb, Emil Easter, Signe Badger, Mary Lou Pierrard

Audience: early years and elementary educators, resource teachers, educational assistants

Discover the reason why teaching sign language to young children can help with communication. Access to communication for all children is vital for emotional and social development. Many children, not only those with additional needs, benefit from learning signs to support their communication at home and at school. American Sign Language (ASL) is recognized as a language and is being used throughout First Nations. MFNERC Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services supports all schools and communities that want to help children in learning to communicate with ASL. Presenters will share early years signs, stories, and some First Nations signs and provide a handout and links for resources and stories shared. Participants will enjoy some active learning.



Anishinaabemowin Lodge

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 1)

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 1)

Presenters: Zac Earley, Marcus Ammesmaki
Audience: educators, students, Elders

Come learn about effective methods of language acquisition to help both adults and students gain fluency. The process of language acquisition includes reading fluency, oral fluency, and written fluency. Presenters will share strategies that educators can use in the revitalization of the Anishinaabemowin language. The Anishinaabemowin language and our way of life are the essence of our being as First Nations people. Our languages embody the worldview, philosophy, and spirituality of each of our nations, and this workshop will honour the language and culture of First Nations. The workshop includes discussion and hands-on activities. Presenters will share challenges of language acquisition along with tactics that have failed and succeeded.



Anissininew Weentamakewin: The People’s Sharing of Knowledge

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Embassy C)

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Embassy C)

Presenters: Louis Riel School Division, St. Theresa Point Education Authority

Audience: all

The goal of Anissininew Weentamakewin, a partnership between St. Theresa Point Education Authority (STPEA) and Louis Riel School Division (LRSD), is to work together for reconciliation to honour friendship, peace, and harmony for all people. Together, STPEA and LRSD co-developed a sharing conference held February 19–20, 2019. During this sharing conference, critical knowledge was shared about treaties, traditional parenting, community well-being, and Indigenous histories, cultures and languages.

In this workshop, the partners will provide their stories of this innovative strategy of communities coming together to ensure the ongoing practice of language reclamation. The sharing of these two schools have sown the seeds of true friendships and positive working partnerships. This is what reconciliation looks today in a sharing and caring environment where support is evident and differences and similarities are celebrated.



Bounded Rationality: Collage Art Workshop

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Centennial 3)

Session 6, 10:45 – 12:00 pm (Centennial 3)

Presenters: Janell Henry, Liz Garlicki, Daina Warren

Audience: art educators, educational assistants, grades 7–12 teachers

In this presentation we will showcase the Urban Shaman Gallery and talk to our new initiative Sacred Sounds: Legacy of Anishinaabemowin, a gathering celebrating individual and collective efforts to maintain and strengthen languages undertaken by Indigenous artists, linguists, and educators from North America (in the absence of federal legislative recognition). As part of this language initiative, [shooger-koht-ed] speaks to the emotional aspect of language revitalization.

When looking at a piece of art, we will all have our baggage, those intangible things such as feelings, beliefs, or circumstances. As we all look to an art piece with our baggage, we also do this with our interpretations of reality. Changing the language will change our minds.



Bringing Lessons to Life in Virtual Reality

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Embassy E)

Presenter: Alberto Mansilla

Audience: educators

Google Expeditions VR kits enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.

Teachers are able to choose various trips (expeditions) to lead a class through a virtual field trip.



Celebrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Math through Literature in the Early Elementary Classroom

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 2)

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 2)

Presenters: Miranda Kus, Kim Mastromartino

Audience: math educators

In this interactive and hands-on session, we will learn how to authentically embed Indigenous ways of knowing through a math and literacy lens. We will use new resources written for early math by Indigenous authors in Canada. These resources are part of Pearson Canada’s new K–8 math series Mathology, which supports the development of engaged young mathematicians in Canada. You will leave this session with a sampler of resources that you can use in your classroom on Monday!



Civic Action Then and Now: Teacher Resources to Help Students Find Their Voice in Democracy

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 2a)

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Centennial 2a)

Presenter: Joseph Péloquin-Hopfner

Audience: middle years/high school educators; social studies, geography, Canadian law, ELA teachers

Elections Canada released a suite of lesson plans to empower high school and middle years educators to address democracy, civic education, and elections in a dynamic way while meeting curriculum expectations. Our pilot project in Manitoba involves partners like the MFNSS and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to ensure a wide distribution of these resources and training in schools.

The connection to LTF’s theme, Honouring Our Heritage—Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, comes through helping students find their voice in democracy while exploring a story of Indigenous civic action, the Constitution Express, that had a large impact on Canada.



Culturally Responsive Awareness to Enlighten Literacy Learning

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 2)

Presenters: Gloria D. Sinclair, Evannah Braun

Audience: classroom teachers

As teachers, we must acknowledge children’s languages, cultures, dialects, gifts, and uniqueness to build a bridge between any differences. This session will explore, discuss, and expand our repertoire of cultural understandings with a culminating activity of one characteristic of First Nations. Our primary intent of this workshop is to help foster successful literacy learning and student understanding.



Dakota Kinship: Customs, Roles, and Traditions  Male/Female Customs, Roles, and Traditions

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 6)

Presenters: K. Dale McKay, Sandra McKay

Audience: all

This workshop will examine Dakota kinship, including customs, roles, traditions (e.g., relationships and male/female dialect).



Dene Lodge

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Carlton Room)

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Carlton Room)

Presenters: Linda Dettanikkeaze-Patterson, Diane Powderhorn, Jessie Thomas, Lucy Antsanen, Agnes Carlson

Audience: educators, parents, community members

We invite you to immerse yourself in the language, culture, and customs of the Dene. In this lodge, we will proudly present our Dene creation story, history, storytelling, traditional medicine and clothing, tools, and a dry meat making demonstration. Come and experience the everyday use of the Dene language in our interactive lodge—learn a word or two, learn a song, and learn to count!



e-kiskinohamakosiwan ninehinowewin askihk – Learning Cree on Land

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Regency Room)

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 2a)

Presenters: Rhonda Cook, Neil Dennis Kematch Memorial School; Audrey Fourre, MFNERC

Audience: teachers, educational assistants, language and cultural education instructors

We know that our children are losing their first language at an alarming rate, just as other Indigenous Peoples around the world. The United Nations declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. As such, Neil Dennis Kematch Memorial School (Sapotoweyak Cree Nation) is working to reclaim their Cree language, traditions, and culture through land-based activities. Presenters will showcase how other schools can incorporate a similar project by connecting the six seasons to the curriculum. Participants will work on make-and-take posters for their classrooms and explore the hands-on materials made available at the workshop.



Elders Panel

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Centennial 1)

Session 6, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (Centennial 1)

Presenters: Rebecca Ross, Agnes Carlson

Audience: all

This workshop is an opportunity for everyone to sit and listen to the Elders speak on topics including language reclamation, the importance of language to culture, and other stories.



Giving Residential School Survivors a Voice in a Classroom Setting

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Embassy D)

Session 6, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (Centennial 6)

Presenters: Elder Dave Rundle, Arlene Flatfoot

Audience: K–8 Educators, Teacher Assistants

Based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action on education, participants will be given an overview of age-appropriate literacy materials to begin the discussion about Indian Residential Schools (IRS) in their classrooms. It is important to understand and share our history.

Elder Dave Rundle, a residential school survivor, will share his personal experiences about the IRS and impact this system had on First Nations for more than a century in Canada.



Heart Smart Kids: A Free Classroom Resource for K–6

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Embassy D)
Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Embassy D)

Presenters: Amanda Nash, Heart & Stroke Foundation; June Montour, MFNERC

Audience: physical education/health and science teachers for K–6, administrative staff, educational assistants

Heart Smart Kids (HSK) is free classroom resource focused on enabling elementary school teachers to effectively promote awareness and educate students on holistic well-being through 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. Although it is only available in English and French, our resource encourages educators to use it as an opportunity to incorporate words from the five First Nations languages in Manitoba—Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibway, and Ojibway-Cree.

Together we will review the resource, educator training, and example activities resulting in each participant becoming a HeartSmart educator who can then order and 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 practice for academic, language, and culture.



How Language Shapes Our Relationship to the Earth

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 6)

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 6)

Presenters: Deb St. Amant, Queen’s University Faculty of Education Elder-in-Residence; Jennifer Davis

Audience: all educators

Research has proven many times that language shapes our thinking. The focus of this workshop will be to demonstrate how Indigenous languages—particularly Anishinaabemowin and Nehiyawewin— honour the land as sacred, encouraging relationship between the speaker and all seven directions, while, conversely, English phrases and metaphors tend to separate speakers from the land. Examples will be given as we explore the demonstrated effect of these languages on the formation of thought and worldview, especially in young children. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon how the purposeful study of Indigenous languages would influence the thinking of all school children, causing them to reconsider both their personal and communal relationships with the land, our first teacher. For example, what is the effect when the term grounding is used to signify punishment rather than a close relationship to the Earth?

This research exemplifies the richness of First Nations languages and the importance of recognizing their impact on the formation of thought and identity, specifically through the lens of examining land-based terms, metaphors, and common expressions.



Indigenous Role Models in the Classroom: Teaching Our History and Igniting Pride in Our Youth

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Kensington Room)

Session 6, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (Centennial 2a)

Presenter: Jenny Bone, Keeseekoowenin School; Donna Beyer, MFNERC

Audience: all grade levels (K–12)

Indigenous artist and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie is the focus of a new teaching resource drafted by MFNERC First Nations Studies Facilitator, Donna Beyer, and piloted by teacher, Jenny Bone. Come and hear an overview of Inquiry-Base Learning for Grades K-12: Buffy Sainte-Marie and learn of its successes in the classroom. Presenters will also demonstrate how inquiry-based learning (projects) can be a valuable approach to engage and motivate students in discovering more about the work of Indigenous role models and Indigenous history.



Ininew Achakosuk

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Centennial 5)

Session 6, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (Centennial 5)

Presenter: Wilfred Buck, MFNERC

Audience: administrators, educators, support staff, students, general

This session will focus on Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) about observing the night sky, mythology, prediction, cultural perspectives, positioning, directional locators, identification of planets, stars moon phases, sun position, and constellations. Participants will be introduced to the depth of knowledge and intellectual thought inherent in the culture and languages of the Ininewuk, First Nations, and all Indigenous peoples.



lniniwi Meskanaw: A Pathway to Sustain Our lninimowin

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 3)

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 3)

Presenters: Marsha Blacksmith and Charity Cooper, MFNERC

Audience: educational assistants, teachers, early childhood educators

This workshop will share the presenters’ experiences with teaching the lninimowin (Cree) language. Presenters will teach you what they have done successfully to capture student engagement using strategies, including games and hands-on activities. Participants will gain more traditional perspectives that lead to learning, while appreciating the teachings of language and culture. There will be a display of resources to share with participants.



Introducing the Schedule for Early Number Assessment (SENA 3 and 4)

Session 4, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 2)

Presenter: Bonnie Monias, Brenda Delorme, MFNERC

Audience: grades 4–8 teachers

Participants will be introduced to SENA 3 and 4 and how it provides direction in conceptual learning of number. Participants will understand the importance of assessing for learning and the use of data as the guide for teaching. Participants will explore strategies that involve interaction, practice, and action by doing while promoting success in learning number in all languages.

These assessments will be shown as an alternative means of assessing that may be delivered in any First Nation language.



Island Lake Language and Culture Lodge

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 1)

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 1)

Presenters: Knowledge Keeper Ivan Harper; Doris Harper, language teacher; Elder Nelliane Cromarty; Karen Taylor, David Flett, Lyle Wood, MFNERC

Eh kakweh pimajitooyang ni keesiwewinan ekwa meena akew pimaajihoowin kikinwamaakewinan eh aapajikaatek. Kijiyahaak kwansa nanathkawamin tathwaw kekoon kawkwake kikentamang, amsa oohooweti kaki eesi kikinoohamaakooyang. Noonkim, kawapantehikoonaawa otiskooneehiwek ka piminsanhaamowaj ekwa meena kaayapajitoowaj tathi aki. Otiskooneewek, okikinwamaakek, ekwa meena kijiyahaak kakee oonathinahamwaj. Peesaayook jiwaapantamek jikaatethijikanan ka isi kikinoohamowintaw awasisak tathi peethim. Otiskooneewek kawapantayhi koonaawah ookinaamakewinaa ekwa meena payatak jiweentamakoowek. Paskonakoseewi otiskooneehiwek oohooweni kaakee kwayahk maminwaakaajeekamowaj otanokeewinowa.

 We revitalize our language and culture by following the teachings of our ancestors. One of our traditions and cultural practices is to include our Elders for their wisdom and guidance. In this session, we will show you what our Island Lake language teachers follow according to the Seasonal Calendar that was developed by our teachers, Knowledge Keepers, and Elders. Come and view our gallery of photos of students participating in monthly activities, and participate in hands-on activities. Explore samples of strategies and plans that the presenters have developed with the guidance of our Elders. The work displayed at this culture lodge is the result of the dedication of Island Lake teachers.



JUMP Math Resources and Teaching Strategies: Perimeter Explorations Across the Grades

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Embassy E)

Presenter: Liz Barrett

Audience: math educators

JUMP Math is an award-winning non-profit resource dedicated to helping teachers teach math. In this introductory workshop, we will share our teaching philosophy, how to access the teacher resources—mental math and confidence building units—which are available online at The ultimate lesson focus of this session is to explore the teaching of Perimeter across the grades. This is a great way to develop spatial thinking in students of all ages. Workshop demonstrations will be hands-on.



ka kisiwatisit opumistakiwuk – Love Me/Learning Our Identity and Using Our Voice/Energy-Healing Body Work

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 5)

Session 4, 2:45 – 4:00 pm (Centennial 5)

Presenters: Diane Linklater, Christine Sawatzky, Terrance Tomas

Audience: all

Trying to live in today’s world—one that is so heavily influenced by rapid changes and differing worldviews—is sometimes challenging. Where do I come from? Where do I fit? Where can I go? These are the questions we might ask ourselves. Presenters will assist individuals in feeling empowered by knowing who they are by connecting them with their ancestors through language, stories, songs, and prayers.



Language Is Life

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Centennial 6)

Presenter: Jason Chamakese

Audience: all

Jason Chamakese from the Pelican Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan shares his incredible story of overcoming a massive stroke in 2015. He credits his Plains Cree fluency and ceremony and prayer in his survival and ongoing recovery. In March of 2019, he became part of Canadian history when part of a broadcast on national TV. APTN and Sportsnet collaborated, and an NHL game was shown with Plains Cree play-by-play, commentary, and analysis. He is also an award-winning musician for his Native American flute music. He wishes to share the importance of language in our many nations throughout North America. He currently works as a language instructor at the University of Saskatchewan and as a self-employed musician/speaker.



Learn to Code with Swift Playgrounds – Presented by Apple Canada

Sessions 3 & 4, 1:10 pm – 4:00 pm (Regency Room)

Presenters: Bob Bajwa; Michael Li, MFNERC

Audience: grades 5–9 technology teachers

Learn to Code with iPad! Coding is essential to help students thrive in a future driven by technology. When you teach coding, you inspire creativity and teach skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Learn how you can engage middle school and junior high students in the world of coding with Swift Playgrounds (iPad app) and Everyone Can Code resources designed for teachers. So whether your students are first-time coders or interested in programming robots and drones, you’ll have all the tools you need to teach coding in your classroom. Participants will explore lesson plans and teacher guides designed to bring coding into grades 5-9 classrooms.



Mathletics Advantage

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 2a)

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Embassy E)

Presenters: Payal Agarwal, Pam Telen

Audience: kindergarten to high school educators

Learn how this online math program used worldwide can ignite learning in your Manitoba classroom. Over five million students across the world love learning with Mathletics. The program can inspire and motivate students to achieve better results and empower teachers in the classroom. Get a sneak peek into the future of Mathletics, and take a look at the successes of schools using Mathletics within MFNERC.

We will introduce Mathletics for K–High School and highlight the program’s many resourceful tools for learning and teaching, such as printable e-books, targeted and adaptive activities aligned to Manitoba curriculum; and Manitoba diagnostic assessments for grades 2–9.



Meeting with the Canada-Wide Science Fair Finalists

Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Carlton Room)

Session 4, 2:45 – 4:00 pm (Carlton Room)

Presenters: science fair project finalists

Audience: all 

You are invited to meet, congratulate, and listen to the students representing Manitoba First Nations at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. The students will present their science fair projects in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on May 11–17, 2019.



The New ELA Curriculum

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Centennial 2)

Presenters: Randy Herman, University of Manitoba; Margaret Monias, Thelma Nice, Arlene Flatfoot, MFNERC

Audience: all

Participants will learn about the new ELA curriculum and experience the ease that this new resource allows for the integration of rich language and cultural learning in everyday classroom instruction. A planned activity will address the four ELA practices: language as sense making, language as a system, language as exploration and design, and language as power and agency. The new curriculum recognizes that languages and culture play a critical role in our lives, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration, and development but as a source for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions, and memory.



Play Is the Work of Children

Session 2, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm (Centennial 3)

Session 6, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm (Centennial 2)

Presenters: Susan Janzen, Kelly Ring-Whiklo, MFNERC

Audience: classroom teachers, principals, resource teachers, educational assistants

Telling an epic adventure, describing the fight between good and evil, or learning the lessons of Nanabush or Wesakechak all involve elements of a good story. We often think of stories as being read or told, but an important component of learning stories is acting them out through play. How can we foster the development of narrative skills and a love of stories through play? This workshop aims to discuss the links between play and narrative skills, and it will also provide practical strategies to encourage the use of stories and oral literature in guided play.



Psycho-Educational Assessments and Language Considerations

Session 1, 1:10 pm -2:25 pm (Kensington Room)
Session 3, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 3)

Presenters: Alex Holt, Chantal Wiebe, Mark Lukes, MFNERC

Audience: resource teachers, administrators, classroom teachers

Psycho-educational assessments are a comprehensive and in-depth evaluation process used to better understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses in learning. Many students can benefit from this type of assessment, including those exposed to multiple languages in the home environment and those with a different language than English as their first language. The psycho-educational assessment process considers language to ensure a fair and accurate understanding of a student. Such assessment includes examining multiple informal and formal sources of information, including non-verbal measures, that place less emphasis on language use and considering the cultural influence within the assessment tool to determine its appropriateness for each student.

Presenters will provide practical strategies, in consultation with speech-language recommendations, for developing language within the classroom setting through games and activities.



Self-Regulation Room: Finding Your Calm

Sessions 1–6, 1:10 pm – 4:00 pm (Embassy A)

Presenters: Susy Komishin, Jessica Chisolm, Anne Rundle, Louise Cameron, Mindy Sinclair, Anderson Agbugba, MFNERC

Audience: all

According to Dr. Stuart Shanker, “When an individual’s stress levels are too high, various brain/body regulatory systems that support thinking, emotion regulation, social engagement, and even metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of dysregulation can show up in the behaviour, mood, attention and physical well-being of a child, teen or adult.” As educators we experience stress, and it is important for us to recognize this stress and take time to calm ourselves, so we can, in turn, help children find their calm. This room is set up for your self-care for the duration of the conference, so if you are feeling stressed you can enter the room and find a few ways to calm yourself. “Calm begets calm.”



STEAM Outreach and Education at the University of Manitoba: Building Connections and Opening Opportunities

Session 1, 1:10 – 2:25 pm (Embassy C)

Presenters: Darja Barr; Alberto Mansilla, MFNERC

Audience: STEAM teachers, administrators

Learn of several current and upcoming STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) initiatives that bring together faculty and students from the University of Manitoba with students and teachers from First Nations. These opportunities include Math Mania (for K–8 students), a summer Path2Math workshop running for its second summer (for grade 12 students to university level), and a Summer Workshop in Mathematics for in-service teachers. Presenters will discuss the opportunities for building connections in these STEAM outreach and education projects and will provide hands-on examples of some of the Math Mania games.



Tansi, Pitikwek, Pemocititak (Cree Language Lodge)

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Carlton Room)

Session 6, 10:45 – 12:00 pm (Carlton Room)

Presenters: Marsha Blacksmith, Charity Cooper, MFNERC; Kathleen McIvor, Knowledge Keeper

Audience: language and classroom teachers, educational assistants, early childhood educators, pre-service teachers

This session focuses on how teaching experiences, learning strategies of our ininimowin (Cree) language, can reach students eager to learn their mother tongue of Cree with interactive activities such as hands-on activities, games, puzzles, and other ideas on how these resources can be used in the classroom.



Teaching App Development with Swift

Sessions 5 & 6, 9:10 am – 12:00 pm (Embassy E)

Presenters: Bob Bajwa; Michael Li, MFNERC

Audience: grades 10–12 technology teachers

Learning to develop apps can help your students solve problems, work together in creative ways, and bring their ideas to life. Join us at this introductory workshop to explore App Development with Swift, which is a free two-semester course designed to teach students with little or no programming experience how to build their first iOS apps. Learn why Swift is appropriate for all levels of coders; explore course materials, tools, and techniques; and get hands-on experience using Mac and Xcode project files. We’ll also discuss how one might use these resources in the schools and with other educators.



A “Tipi”cal Dwelling Place for Math Teaching & Learning

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Centennial 2a)

Presenter: Chun Ong, MFNERC

Audience: all

Tipis (teepees) were the dwelling places of the North American Indigenous peoples of the Plains and Great Lakes regions. They were the cradles of language and culture development and the formation of the Indigenous peoples of “Kanata” (Canada). This workshop explores some teachings and the math vocabulary, topics, concepts, and skills associated with these dwelling places, which are still relevant to the teaching and learning of students, along with being socially, academically, and intellectually engaging to them.



Trauma-Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength

Session 1, 1:10 pm – 2:25 pm (Embassy E)

Presenter: Nathan Gerbrandt

Audience: introductory/intermediate level training on the value of trauma-informed workplaces

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our colleagues and students. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This session explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization.

Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. We will explore guiding principles for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and resilience for all parts of an organization. Becoming trauma-informed creates a sustainable foundation in any setting to promote strength, engagement, and recovery. Discover communication tools that can help you connect with students or colleagues who have experienced trauma in their lives.



Understanding Challenging Behaviour – The ABCs of ABA

Session 5, 9:10 am – 10:25 am (Embassy C)

Presenters: Ryan Heckert, Brennan Foidart

Audience: educators working with individuals who display challenging behaviour

This session introduces and explains the main functions of challenging behaviour and outlines ways to understand challenging behaviour. By understanding why challenging behaviour occurs, one can develop appropriate strategies that allow those exhibiting behaviour issues to reach their full potential.