Manitoba School Library Association

Truth in Our Stories: Seeking a Path to Reconciliation

Fort Richmond Collegiate, 99 Killarney Ave


8:30 – 8:50     
Smudge Ceremony Room 213 (optional).
Registration and Coffee. Vendor Displays and Booths. CBC Virtual Reality.

Smudging: All participants and presenters are invited to Room 213 to take part in smudging led by Don Smith, Registered Social Worker and manager of the Foster Care program, Sandy Bay First Nation Child and Family Services.

Welcome, Indigenous Offerings, Singing and Drumming.

Keynote Address.

Author Signings.

A.M. Concurrent Sessions.

Lunch (provided for those who register before Oct. 15).
Author Signings.
Indigenous Cultural Display.

Residential Schools Presentation.
Project of Heart.

P.M. Concurrent Sessions.

Closing Remarks.
Prayer Ties.


Finding My Place
Melanie Florence

Growing up, Melanie was close to her maternal grandfather but had no idea what his background was. It took years for her to discover anything about him and the result was that she became passionate about researching what it meant to be First Nations. While working on her book, Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools, Melanie was able to truly understand what her grandfather went through growing up in Canada and why he denied his heritage. Writing books about Indigenous issues and characters has helped Melanie reconcile who she is and give a voice to the grandfather that she loved.

Bio: Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, is a Forest of Reading Golden Oak Finalist and has been shortlisted for the First Nation Communities READ Award. Her other books include Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools (OLA Best Bets 2015 and CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens), Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL (American Indian Library Association Honor Book) and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing (CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens), One Night (CCBC Best Books for Kids and teens), Rez Runaway (CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens). She is also the author of the upcoming picture book Stolen Words (winner of the Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest) and the novel Rez Rebel.

Melanie Florence has a real gift for immersing readers in the story; you can smell the wood smoke at the bush party, see the non-stop activity of downtown Toronto at night, and, if you know what fry bread tastes like, you know what Joe and John are missing. She’s gifted with an acute ear for teen talk, understands teen thought (yes, they do think), and is a sharp observer of teen behaviour. Her characters are genuine.” – CM Magazine

AM Sessions 10:45-11:45am

When We Were Alone: Our Role in Creating Change
David A. Robertson

This session will discuss David’s work in Indigenous literature, and how his family’s journey, from his father’s life growing up in Norway House to his own experiences growing up in the city, lead him to write the books he writes. In particular, David’s session will discuss his first children’s book, When We Were Alone. A book for young learners about the residential school system, David will describe why it’s not only important to teach this history to children, but why it’s necessary.

Presenter’s Bio: 

David Alexander Robertson, of Irish, Scottish, English, and Cree heritage won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 2015, and the Beatrice Mosionier Indigenous Writer of the Year in 2017. David has created several bestselling graphic novels and his first children’s book, When We Were Alone, was published in December 2016 and won the McNally Robinson Books for Young People Award/Younger Category in 2017. He was a contributor to the anthologies Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings From the Land of Water, Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, the LGBT sci-fi anthology Love Beyond Body Space and Time, and his work has been featured in CV2 and Prairie Fire. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, was published in fall 2014.

Session Code: AM21
Session Location: Room 212

Traditional Storytelling and Legends
Clarence Nepinak

Indigenous cultures have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through the oral tradition of storytelling. Storytelling is used to teach about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, relationships and ways of life. In this session, Elder Clarence Nepinak will share some of the traditional stories and legends that have been passed down to him that have kept his culture alive.

Presenter’s Bio:

Clarence Nepinak a member of Pine Creek First Nation.  For twenty-seven years, Clarence worked for both the Provincial and Federal governments.  In retirement, Clarence continues to serve on various national and local Boards and Committees including the Special Indigenous Advisory Council for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Museum,  the St. James Historical Museum, Travel Manitoba, Arts and Cultural Industries, and the Healthy Aboriginal Network in Vancouver.

Along with his wife, Barb, Clarence serves on the  Advisory Council at the University of Brandon.  They were both recently appointed to the CIHR National Patient Oriented Research Council.  Clarence has worked to improve the health of First Nations communities in Manitoba by participating in the University of Manitoba’s research project, “Devotion: Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children Network.”  

Both Barb and Clarence Nepinak have received the Queen’s Jubilee Award and have been recognized as Traditional Wisdom Keepers by the Circle of Educators of Manitoba.   For nineteen years, they have been involved with various schools in the Artist in the Schools program sharing cultural teachings to countless school children.  Barb and Clarence continue to teach Ojibwe language lessons in the Seven Oaks School Division, the Health Science Centre and at the Millennium Library.  They have developed an Indigenous-based program at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and can often be seen sharing traditional stories and legends at The Forks where Clarence recently developed an Historical Oral History Walking Tour.

Session Code: AM22
Session Location: Room 205

Heartbeat of the Drum
Barbara Nepinak

This is a hands-on session where participants will experience how the drum awakens the senses in order to feel the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Together with Lawrence Spence, the drum carrier, Elder Barbara Nepinak will weave traditional stories and legends throughout the session as participants hear and feel the power of the drum. Please be prepared to participate.

Presenter’s Bio:

Barbara Nepinak, a member of Pine Creek First Nation, is a retired mother and grandmother who worked for thirty-five years as a Federal public servant. Barbara is active in the City of Winnipeg and surrounding areas serving on Advisory Councils and Boards as Elder and Cultural Advisor. Twice Barb has been recognized for her civic service by receiving two Citizenship Awards from the City of Winnipeg. Barb presently serves on the Boards of the Special Indigenous Advisory Council to the Canadian Human Rights Museum, Arts and Cultural Industries, Peer Assessment for the Cultural Human Resources Council in Ottawa, and The Forks Foundation.

Along with his husband, Clarence, Barb serves on the Advisory Council at the University of Brandon. They were both recently appointed to the CIHR National Patient Oriented Research Council. Barb has participated in two research programs at the University of Manitoba aimed at improving the health of Indigenous peoples in Manitoba. She also acts as an interpreter/translator for CanTalk, a national organization that provides language services.

Both Barb and Clarence Nepinak have received the Queen’s Jubilee Award and have been recognized as Traditional Wisdom Keepers by the Circle of Educators of Manitoba. For nineteen years, they have been involved with various schools in the Artist in the Schools program sharing cultural teachings to countless school children. Barb and Clarence continue to teach Ojibwe language lessons in the Seven Oaks School Division, the Health Science Centre and at the Millennium Library. They have developed an Indigenous-based program at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and can often be seen sharing traditional stories and legends at The Forks.

Session Code: AM23
Location: Library

Seven Sacred Teachings
Mike Calder 

In this session, spiritual leader and Elder Mike Calder will discuss the traditional concepts of respect and sharing that form the basis of the Aboriginal way of life built around the seven natural laws or sacred teachings. Although there is much more to learn about these teachings than can be covered in one hour, this session will provide participants with a basic understanding of how each teaching serves as a spiritual foundation for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in North America.

Presenter’s Bio:

Mike Calder is the Director of Indigenous Services at the Behavioural Health Foundation where he has been employed for 36 years. He is a spiritual advisor/elder and he conducts many ceremonies such as sweat lodges, ghost dances and shake tents. He is a Sundance Chief. Mike has seven children and eight grandchildren. He spends every Sunday afternoon with his mother who is 93 years old. If you ever come see Mike at his office, you will be greeted by his best friend, Gypsy, who is 11 years old.

Session Code: AM24
Session Location: Room 206

The Path Together: A Mother and Daughter Share a Residential School Story
Rosanna Deerchild

This session will focus on the journey that Rosanna and her mother have taken to gather and tell her mother’s residential school story. Come and listen to see how a mother and daughter share this path and the effect it has had on both of them. Their stories will help you to find the truth in our story about Canada.

Presenter’s Bio:

Rosanna Deerchild has been storytelling for more than 20 years, most recently as host of CBC Radio One’s Unreserved, a show that shares the stories, music and culture of Indigenous Canada.

Rosanna is a veteran broadcaster, having worked at APTN, CBC, Global and NCI-FM, where she hosted All My Relations. She has also hosted The (204) and the Weekend Morning Show on CBC Radio One and appeared on CBC Radio’s DNTO.

She is an award-winning author and poet. Her debut poetry collection ‘this is a small northern town’ shares her reflections of growing up in a racially divided place. It won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, ‘calling down the sky,’ is her mother’s Residential School survivor story.

Rosanna is a co-founder and member of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba and has also contributed to numerous Indigenous newspapers. A Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba, Rosanna now lives and works in her found home of North End, Winnipeg.

Session Code: AM25
Session Location: Room 203

Our Grandchildren are Beautiful and Worthwhile
Gwen Merrick and Shirley Fontaine

This workshop will focus on how First Nations are depicted in media, literature and curricula.  The presenters will discuss how depictions of First Nations people can impact First Nations children, and how reconciliation is needed and can be realized through positive action.

Presenter’s Bio:

Gwen has been involved in First Nations education for over 40 years as a teacher, counsellor and manager to name a few areas. Her extensive service also included forays into the provincial and federal government systems. Gwen considers herself extremely privileged to have worked with many leaders, in various areas of leadership and has benefitted from that experience. She has also been extremely fortunate to have worked with many students who have gifted her with many wonderful teachings about life. She has also been blessed with a wonderful family and spiritual life. Now, as a great grandmother, it is time to begin the process of sharing that knowledge with the wider world.

Shirley’s experience includes policy, research, administration, and teaching at the post-secondary level. As a parent, grandparent and educator, she has always emphasized the importance of reading and ensuring that there are accurate depictions of First Nations people in media and literature.  She strives to live by the teachings of her parents, grandparents and other community Elders who have shared important lessons for living a positive life founded in Ojibwe teachings and values.

Session Code: AM26
Session Location: Room 202

Why Indigenous Literature Matters
Niigaan Sinclair

What is an Indigenous story? What do Indigenous stories do? What makes Indigenous stories aesthetically pleasing, intellectual, and cultural? What makes Indigenous stories meaningful in today’s world? Come for a brief foray into what makes Indigenous stories Indigenous and a “top ten” on what to look for and learn from Indigenous narratives in oral and written traditions throughout time.

Presenter’s Bio:

Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis), an Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine’s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and one of the CBC Manitoba’s “Top Forty Under Forty.” He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like The Guardian and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Dr. Sinclair is the co-editor of the award-winningManitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) andCentering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press. Dr. Sinclair obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia. His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.

Session Code: AM27
Session Location: Room 201

Cultural Presentations at Lunch

Location: Gym


Double the Trouble: Double the Trouble are the perfect reflection of what is to be of this land. Being fluent in both official languages, these identical 13 year old French-Metis and Cree twins perform Traditional Metis fiddle tunes mixed with original and contemporary music. For the past 8 years, Luc and Aidan Wrigley’s unique style and sound have been leaving their audiences amazed and wanting more. At the age of 11, they recorded a full album and toured the Prairie Provinces from Winnipeg to Jasper.

Rylee Sandberg:  Rylee is a seven year old Anishinabe, Cree and Metis hoop dancer. She lives in Winnipeg, MB and has been hoop dancing since the age of 4 and pow wow dancing since 2. She started with 7 hoops and was taught by her mentor, the female hoop dancer Shanley Spence. She now uses 13 hoops and makes various formations which she calls the eagle, caterpillar, butterfly, horse, and her final move she calls the great bear spirit which uses all 13. In February 2015, Rylee competed at the world hoop dance championship in Phoenix and placed 3rd in the youth division. She was the youngest competing dancer. She travels and performs at many events and enjoys dancing for the people. She also dances other styles and combines her traditional hoop routine with hip hop and sometimes performs to modern indigenous artists such as A Tribe Called Red. Dancing makes her happy and she is excited to share her dance with you.

Residential Schools Presentation. Project of Heart- 1:00-2:00pm

Residential Schools
Tricia Logan

Canada and Canadians have been asked to take action and embrace reconciliation. Following the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and acknowledging the 94 Calls to Action, we are all being asked to reconsider and re-imagine how we see our relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Canada’s history has an abundance of blind-spots that missed the history of residential schools or critically under-emphasized the role the schools played in shaping Canada. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation shares the responsibility with governments, organizations and all Canadians in confronting new histories and new ways to think about Canada or celebrate Canada. This presentation will discuss the legacy of residential schools in Canada and what it means to approach reconciliation and create a new version of Canada and revised Canadian histories.

Presenter’s Bio:

Tricia Logan is originally from Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. Recently, Tricia completed her PhD entitled ‘Indian Residential Schools, Settler Colonialism and Their Narratives in Canadian History’ in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She also has a MA and BA both in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. In 2000, Tricia started working with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation at the Southwest Region Manitoba Métis Federation and has worked with the AHF, Legacy of Hope Foundation and National Aboriginal Health Organization research on various projects from 2000 to 2014. As part of her work with Métis communities, Tricia took part in a Michif language revitalization project. Tricia’s research interests, published pieces and writing originate from her work with Survivors of residential school and involvement with language revitalization. Most recently, Tricia worked at Irish in Britain as an Archivist/Researcher on an oral history project entitled ‘Irish Voices’ with Irish diaspora communities living in Britain. Tricia is currently the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Session Code: PM31
Session Location: Theatre

PM Sessions 2:00-3:00pm

Understanding the Effects of Colonization on Indigenous Societies: The Alien Invasion Exercise
Allen Sutherland

In order to understand the effects of colonization on Indigenous societies in Canada, it is necessary to understand that oppression experienced over such a long period of time affects people’s minds and souls in seriously negative ways. Meaningful discussions on the subject of alleviating the harms that colonization has wrought requires seeing beyond colonialism as historical process of societal changes or a set of legal and military events. It means recognizing that colonial injustices and oppression have had effects on both individuals and collectively, and that addressing these effects necessitates perspectives and strategies that situate First Nations people not simply as individuals within Canada, but as members of cultured communities on the land.

The Alien Invasion Exercise: “Imagine, one week from now, an alien ship lands in your city, your community and you are closed off from the rest of the world. The aliens are friendly at first ….”

Presenter’s Bio:

Allen Sutherland / Waabskhi Masinazoot Michtaatim (White Spotted Horse), Anishinaabek member of Skownan First Nation (Treaty 2 Territory) and of the Bizhiw doodem (Lynx Clan).

As a member of the Manitoba Indigenous Community, Allen has had the opportunity of working within Indigenous, Federal and Provincial Governments including grassroots community work for over twenty-five years. Allen provides facilitation, training and healing under his own company of White Spotted Horse, Inc, ( where he is a sought-after resource person on the history and cultures of Indigenous Nations of Canada. Allen is a Registered Professional Trainer (RPT) and a Professional Certified Heritage Interpreter.

In 2014, Allen was awarded with the Research/Curriculum Development Education Award by The Aboriginal Circle of Educators.   He is presently a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Treaty Relationships Commission of Manitoba and recently as the Treaty Project Officer of Parks Canada; Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. He now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty One territory.   

Session Code: PM41
Session Location: Library

Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Indian Residential Schools
Melanie Florence

Using information gathered over several years for her book Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools, Melanie will share the history of Indigenous people in Canada through the early years, colonization, the horrors of residential school and it’s intergenerational impact.

See Keynote Address for presenter’s bio.

Session Code: PM42
Session Location: Room 212

Spirit Mending
Leah Fontaine

This workshop speaks to a new paradigm towards reconciliation of the arts in which the teachings of the Butterfly and the Dragonfly are explored.  The dragonfly represents the Indigenous spirit of the people and by bringing this spirit mending into the art curriculum it assists in creating a balance between truth and illusion.

Presenter’s Bio:

Artist, educator, and scholar, Leah Fontaine connects with her Dakota/Anishinaabe/Metis heritage to intuitively attain the iconography and worldview display in her artwork and practice.  Her band affiliations are Long Plains, Manitoba, (Maternal) and Sagkeeng First Nation (Paternal), Fort Alexander, Manitoba.      

Throughout the past, Fontaine’s education, artistic skills, and abilities have transpired in theatre, television, art exhibitions and national events.  In addition, has received many awards for her artistic expressions in both artistic and academia venues.  Fontaine also facilitates and teaches Indigenous perspectives in various educational and arts institutions nationally, provincially, and municipally about Indigenous culture and art.  Fontaine believes that her role during her art practice is a conduit, like a community helper who oversees a sweat lodge.  She believes that art is a reflects history that is shrouded in veils of historical trauma and the ways in which these traumas are being played out in the present through artists, art enthusiasts and community members is a way of releasing and expressing which is inside us.

Fontaine also feels that making trails and assisting others in attaining their voice through and with the tools of art is what keeps her going.  Lastly, believes that the arts act as a catharsis that nourishes the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual growth with many.

Session Code: PM43
Session Location: Room 205

The Métis: Our Path to Reconciliation
Sharon Parenteau

The session will begin with an overview of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) including a structural map of Manitoba and a brief history of significant events in the history of the Métis in Manitoba.  Current Métis issues will be discussed including our Land Claims case, a Metis perspective on Treaty Relations Education and ongoing issues of identity.  The session will also focus on the purpose of LRI as the Culture and Education authority for the MMF and highlight some of the services they provide in the public system including how the LRI/MMF can be a resource to educators through materials they are currently creating and various scholarships and bursaries that are available to students.

Presenter’s Bio:

Sharon Parenteau is a Métis educator from the Turtle Mountains in Southwest Manitoba. She has worked as a classroom teacher in the Inner City and a support teacher, writing Aboriginal curriculum for the Winnipeg School Division. Sharon’s other curriculum experience includes being the primary writer for the K-4 Aboriginal Culture and Language Curriculum and the K-4 Social Studies Curriculum.

Sharon came to work for the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) on a secondment from the Winnipeg School Division to develop the Standing Tall program. In 2010, she resigned from the division to become the Director of Provincial Education for the MMF. In 2011, she became the Acting General Manager of Louis Riel Institute, the culture and education authority for the MMF, with a recent promotion to General Manager.

She has represented the Métis Nation on numerous provincial committees, including the Premier’s Advisory Council (PAC), the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Experience Program (LGYEP), ANCR, the Oversight Committee for Children and Youth with Mental Health Issues (OCCYMH), Aboriginal Education Research Forum (AERF) and MERN. She currently co-chairs the Blueprint for Collaborative Indigenous Education Implementation Plan.

Sharon is a grandmother of 6, who are her inspiration to make the Education system better. She has received the Distinguished Leader in Education from the MMF, the Research and Curriculum Development Award from ACE and most recently the Diamond Jubilee Award from the Lieutenant Governor for her work in the community.

Session Code: PM44
Session Location: Room 206

Building Strong Communities Through Mentorship
Bernadette Smith

In this session, Bernadette Smith and high school students discuss how to build leaders for a better future.  By working with communities and creating positive role models, we develop leaders who can go back to their communities and build leadership skills in others. We show how leadership can spread through mentorship.

Presenter’s Bio:

Bernadette Smith is a Métis woman born-and-raised in both Winnipeg and Pine Creek Reserve, Manitoba. First elected in 2017, Bernadette is the NDP MLA for the North End constituency of Point Douglas where she serves as a tireless community advocate. The former Assistant Director of WayFinders Program in the Seven Oaks School Division, Bernadette is the co-founder of both the Manitoba Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba (CFMMWM) and the Drag the Red Initiative, and, what’s more, annually organizes the No Stone Unturned Concert for Missing and Murdered in Manitoba. Bernadette’s sister, Claudette Osborne, has been missing from Winnipeg since 2008.

For her longstanding work in the areas of MMIWG, violence prevention, women’s and Indigenous rights, children and youth advocacy and anti-poverty activism, Bernadette was recently recognized with the Order of Manitoba, alongside other distinctions, including Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award and the Aboriginal Circle of Educators Young Leaders Award. She is also a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and is the Co- chairperson of Manitoba Moon Voices.

Bernadette continues to commit her heart and time to all missing and murdered people, and avows, forever more, to “never stop until there is justice, and our sisters — all our missing people — come home.

Session Code: PM45
Session Location: Room 203

Embracing Uncomfortable Truths as a Means of Healing, Reclamation and Strength
Nahanni Fontaine

Ms. Fontaine will share her personal journey; the lessons learned; and the hard truths of the legacy of colonization in Canada on the road to becoming a Manitoba MLA.

Presenter’s Bio:

Nahanni Fontaine is the MLA for the St. Johns constituency in Manitoba. She serves as the NDP critic for Status of Women; Persons with Disabilities; Families; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG); Youth and Children Opportunities; and Refugees and Immigration. Nahanni provides workshops and presentations on the historical and contemporary context of Indigenous women and girls, including the issue of missing & murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) across Canada and internationally.  Nahanni has served as a representative of the Indigenous community regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally on a number of boards and committees including the Winnipeg Police Advisory Board, Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Nahanni has won many awards, scholarships and fellowships, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctoral Scholarship; the YMCA Women of Distinction Award; and the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case.  Before being elected to the Manitoba Legislature, Nahanni served as the Province’s Special Advisor on Aboriginal Women’s Issues for the Aboriginal Issues Committee of Cabinet of Manitoba. Nahanni is Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation in southern Manitoba and is the proud mother of Jonah and Niinichaanis.

Session Code: PM46
Session Location: Room 202

Shoal Lake 40 & Winnipeg’s Water – The Other Side of the Story  
Chief Erwin Redsky

The water in the reflecting pools in the heart of Canada’s Museum of Canadian Human Rights has literally killed members of the community that Chief Redsky is elected to serve.  A tireless, adept advocate, Chief Redsky will provide listeners with an accurate account of the marginalization of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation for the benefit of the City of Winnipeg’s water supply. This story is an iconic example of the broken relationship between Indigenous people and the settlers who came after. Chief Redsky will provide and update on how well —or badly— that relationship is going for his community.  

Presenter’s Bio:

Erwin Redsky is a member of Shoal Lake #40 First Nation in Treaty #3. Shoal Lake straddles between the Ontario/Manitoba border 100 miles east of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Erwin Redsky, was resoundingly re-elected to his most recent term of office in March of 2016.  Serving his community as Band Administrator from 1987 to 1990, Erwin returned to the University of Manitoba where he graduated from the Management Program in Community and Economic Development.   He was Trainer/Coordinator for the Southeast Tribal Council Economic Development Officer Training program in Manitoba, going home to Shoal Lake 40 in 1995 where he opened up a convenience store.

Erwin served two terms as a Band Councillor from 1998 to 2002, holding the Finance Portfolio during an extremely difficult financial recovery period for the community.  In March of 2002, Erwin was elected Chief, serving two terms to March of 2006.   It was during this period that the community’s vision of Freedom Road was proposed and advanced to the feasibility stage.

Content to leave politics behind, Erwin served as Band Manager for Shawanaga First Nation from 2008 to 2010 and sat on the networking committee on governance for Ontario First Nations.  In 2010 he returned to his community and by popular demand, was drafted back into the position of Chief.  He has held that office ever since.

Session Code: PM47
Session Location: Room 201

Vendors and Booths
  • A wide variety of publishers specializing in Indigenous materials
  • Local bookstores
  • National Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Louis Riel Institute
  • Manitoba First Nations Resource Centre
  • Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Centre Inc.
  • Indigenous Languages of Manitoba
  • Treaty Relations of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Education Library
  • Imagine a Canada
  • The Manitoba Teachers’ Society
  • Canadian Teachers’ Federation


Canadian School Libraries Symposium

Treasure Mountain Canada is a participatory learning experience designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss and debate current Canadian research and scholarly writing which has an impact on the role of school libraries vis-à-vis educational strategy and transformation. Participants at the Saturday symposium will study issues related to Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons through papers prepared to explore:

  • Learning Environment
  • Instructional Approaches
  • Learning Partnerships
  • Leveraging Technology

TMC5 Program Highlights

Friday, October 20 — TMC5 Kick-off Dinner, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg. Keynote speaker is Karen Boyd, Assistant Superintendent for Educa-tional Programming in the River East Transcona School Division.

Saturday, October 21  – TMC5 Symposium: Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library

Learning Commons, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg

Keynote speaker is Camille Callison, chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Association’s Reconciliation Committee and lead writer of their Reconciliation Report and Recommendations.

  • Interactive TMC Research Symposium led by Anita Brooks Kirkland and Carol Koechlin
  • Focus speakers, table talks and research papers by such learning leaders as Dr. Dianne Oberg, Dr. David V. Loertscher, Ray Doiron, Marlene Asselin, Jo-Anne Gibson, Anita Brooks Kirkland, Richard Reid, Monica Berra, Leona Prince, Michelle Campbell, Alanna King, Deborah McCallum, Carlo Fusco, Judith Sykes, and many more.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided
  • Transportation provided from SAGE Conference to TMC Kick –off Dinner Friday

Papers for TMC5 and work from previous TMC experiences are archived for viewing and study at

Explore the website – Contribute a Paper – Attend the Symposium Follow the Blog

Canadian School Libraries is dedicated to connecting school library associations and communities of practice across the country to strengthen professional knowledge, improve practice, and work on issues of common concern. We are very grateful to the Manitoba School Library Association for supporting this vision by partnering with us for Treasure Mountain Canada 5.


Register online here for both MSLA PD DAY and Canadian School Libraries Symposium:

Registration Fees (including half days and full days)

MSLA Membership Fee: $30; Student Membership: $10

Full SAGE Conference with MSLA Membership: (Early Bird – $85/After Sept. 30 – $95)
Full SAGE Conference without MSLA Membership: (Early Bird – $95/After Sept. 30 – $105)
Full SAGE Conference Student: $40
Full SAGE Conference Life Member: $40
Half Day SAGE Conference with MSLA Membership: $50
Half Day SAGE Conference without MSLA Membership: $55
TMC5 Symposium: $150 (Sat. Oct. 21)

Early Bird Deadline is Oct. 1, 2017

Register for MSLA’s SAGE Conference by October 1, 2017 and be entered in a draw to win a free Infobase database “World Almanac” for your school.

Contact: MSLA SAGE Co-Chair,  Jo-Anne Gibson, 2014-275-7520;