Manitoba Home Economics Teachers’ Association

Create, Discover and Explore ALL that is Human Ecology!

Come join us today! 

Create with your hands, discover local advocates of Human Ecology topics, and explore social justice issues within Human Ecology.

Presentations to inspire Human Ecology/Home Economics curriculum outcomes and NEW possibilities for use in your community, your classroom, your students and in YOURSELF!

Friday, October 25th, 2019, Ecole John Henderson School,River East-Transcona School Division (Creating Student Success!) 930 Brazier St. Winnipeg, MB


8:30 – 9:00 – Registration
8:50 – Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00 – Keynote Address
10:00 – 10:30 – Body Break/Vendor Displays/Silent Auction
10:30 – 12:00 – Costume Museum of Canada Heritage Fashion Revue
12:00 – 1:00 – Deli Lunch/Displays/Ticket Table Purchases
1:00 – 3:15 – Afternoon Sessions
3:15 – Auction Prize Postings

Keynote 9:00 – 10:00

Social Justice and Outreach with Mitch Bourbonniere 
Creating Community Solutions Together for the healthy living of individuals, families, and communities.

Mitch Bourbonniere M.S.W., M.S.M., C.M.H.W.(C/A) has 30 years of experience working with individuals, families, neighbourhoods, organizations and communities in metro Winnipeg, and Manitoba.

Mitch Bourbonniere volunteers with Mama Bear Clan, Got Bannock, and Drag the Red.   Mama Bear Clan walks the neighbourhood of North Point Douglas and Winnipeg’s Main Street spreading warmth, cheer and love through greeting Winnipeg’s homeless brothers and sisters with hugs, conversation and donations of clothing and food. Got Bannock serves the same community with outdoor gatherings twice a month, where people in our village are fed, loved and looked after. Mitch has joined others in adorning Winnipeg’s bridges with red cloth in the cold of winter to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Mitch also helped start a men’s healing group out of the North Point Douglas Women’s Center.   Mitch works with Winnipeg’s most vulnerable people who suffer with homelessness, post traumatic stress, addiction, mental health issues,  domestic violence,  gang involvement and sexual exploitation through the Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin (OPK), Whistling Winds Action Therapy programs and the Manitoba Youth Justice System.

He visits the institutions and supports people as they leave prison and gang life.  Mitch has also developed a program called Lateral Empathy where with groups of young volunteers, donations of clothing, food, furniture, household goods are picked up and delivered to those in need.

Mitch was also recently awarded the Govenor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Winnipeg Police Service’s Honoured Citizen award in recognition of outstanding support and commitment to public safety.  Mitch is a pipe carrier and a 28 year Sundancer. He provides Elder services to Urban Circle, Rossbrook House, Metis Child and Family Services, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre, Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services, Animikii Child and Family Services, CEDA Pathways, Ndinawe Youth Centre, and many other organizations.

Mitch has a masters degree in social work and teaches at the universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg and St Boniface. As well, he was employed as a social worker in the Louis Riel School Division.

Body Break 10:00-10:30
Costume Museum of Canada Heritage Fashion Revue 10:30 – 12:00

History comes to life in this unique costume experience celebrating fashion, culture and history.

The Heritage Fashion Revue is a fashion show staged by volunteer models wearing exact replicas of the original garments held in the museum’s 35,000 artifact collection. The garments, accessories and commentary provide a glimpse of the fashion and social structure of decades past.   The revue is a timeline between 100 and 200 years of women, men and children’s clothing.

The Costume Museum of Canada is Canada’s first museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of clothing and textiles.  In fact, some of the replica garments were constructed by the University of Manitoba, former Faculty of Human Ecology, Clothing and Textile students of the 1980’s.  The collection reflects the identity and social history of Canadians urban and rural, public and private.

The Museum gallery was closed to the public in 2010 but they continue to offer programs, which make the collection available to the public and educators.  The programs include pop-up exhibits, heritage fashion revues, hat shows and educational programs like Museum in a Suitcase.  Suitcase themes include the Social Science Discovery case, Fur: the Fabric of a Nation suitcase and Fibre to Fabric suitcase.  Hands on interaction with the artifacts encourage an appreciation of the objects and the stories they tell.

This unique show is well suited to entertain and educate a variety of audiences.  Enjoy!

Catered Lunch/Vendor Displays/Silent Auction Items 12:00-1:00

Silent Auction Ticket Purchases $5 for Ticket Sheet (25) for Siloam Mission

Delicious Catered Lunch
Gluten Free & Vegetarian options ONLY available upon prior request

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00-3:15

SERC: Best Practices Workshop: Sexual and Gender Diversity and Self Concept in Human Ecology

The fall 2019 system wide implementation of the new Senior Years Human Ecology curriculum has left teachers wondering what the best practices are to teach sexual and gender diversity and self-concept.  This workshop is designed to do just that. Starting with SERC’s Sexuality Wheel we will expand on how sexual and gender identity develops in all people. We will discuss how these identities affect our self-concept, which can lead to measurable outcomes in health and educational success. This workshop will utilize self-reflection, activities, tools and tips, which you can take to utilize in your classroom to address the new general learning outcomes.

J Fiedler is a social worker originally from Detroit, Michigan with a background in supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. Since immigrating to Canada in 2016, J has been leading workshops on sexuality and gender diversity with the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC). As the SERC Training Institute Facilitator, J is no stranger to teachers and schools across Manitoba. When not talking about sexuality and learning outcomes J really likes talking about cats and bicycles.

Max: Unlimited

Small Projects from your Scrap Bin

Sewing with local avid quilter, crafter and textiles/ fiber enthusiast Janice Skene.  You will sew 3 small projects from scrap fabric including: a snap bag, a tissue holder with pocket for hand sanitizer and lip balm and a ‘Wonder Wallet’.  All instructional information for these projects will be provided. These projects can be made to keep, give for gifts or to be donated to charities such as shelters.  Consider up-scaling, repurposing and recycling textiles (and clothing) in relation to the Human Ecology outcomes in your classroom and community.

$10 Lab Fee for project kits INCLUDED with Registration
Maximum number of participants: 20 FULL



Cooking with Plant Based Proteins

In this workshop, following the footsteps of the new Canada’s Food Guide, Charu will provide hands on experience to cook vegetarian dishes with plant-based proteins.  Spend the afternoon cooking some Indian food from the Northern part of India with Charu Gupta. She has modified her recipes, which she learned by watching her mother, to fit the palate of her family and the availability of food here in Canada.

Indian cuisine is very diverse, delicious and easy to cook as every state, city, and even every home has its own recipes. Some of the common myths about Indian food are that it is all curry, chilies, and oil. In fact, it includes healthy and diverse vegetables, spices and both plant and animal proteins.

Participants will cook chickpea basmati rice pilaf, palak-paneer (spinach with cheese), masoor dal soup (whole red lentil soup) and untraditional naan bread.

Note: Think green and bring 3 empty containers to take food home.

$10 Lab Fee for consumables INCLUDED with Registration
Maximum number of participants: 20 FULL

The Art of Beading: Métis Beaded Pouch

Come join us for a fun afternoon of Métis beading, crafting a beaded pouch with the simple tools of needle and thread.   The Métis developed beautiful beadwork patterns that combined First Nations beadwork with the floral embroidered patterns introduced by French-Canadians.  Beginners and beaders of all skill level are welcome.  You will be provided with all the supplies needed to create your own Melton wool pouch. As you learn to bead, we will talk about traditional designs and colors.  You will learn the three basic techniques (straight lines, curved lines and circles).  These techniques and designs can be applied to many larger design projects: coats, vests, mittens, moccasins and purses.   This would be suitable for many subject area teachers in grades 6-12 (social studies, history, language arts, French); and integrated into Home Economics / Human Ecology curricular outcomes.

Lab Fee for project kit INCLUDED with Registration
Maximum number of participants:  20 FULL

Auction Prize Postings – 3:15

Register online here:

Registration opens: September 9, 2019
Registration closes: October 15


Full Membership and Conference Fee: $90

Student Membership and Conference Fee: $70

Conference Fee (Non Membership): $99

Cannot make the Conference…
Renew or Apply for MHETA Membership ONLY

MHETA 2019/2020 Annual Membership Fee: $40

MHETA 2019/2020 Student/EA/Retired Teacher Membership: $20

LUNCH included with registration.
Registration NON-REFUNDABLE.


c/o MHETA Conference Registrar
Jeff Laurin


c/o MHETA Conference Co-Chairs
Maxine Chamish / Carmen Sichewski

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