Council for Indigenous Education in Manitoba

A Braided Journey

Viscount Gort Hotel – 1670 Portage Ave, Winnipeg


9:00 – Arrival, Optional Smudge, Registration, and Resource Fair
10:00 – Welcome and Opening Prayer
10:30 – Keynote Presentation – Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch
11:30 – Break
12:00 – Lunch and AGM
1:00 – Networking time and Resource Fair
1:45 – Afternoon Sessions
2:45 – Closing and Door Prize Draws


Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch

Onaman Collective is Indigenous artists and environmentalists who love the land and believe in the spirits of the land. We believe in the resilience and beauty of our people. We believe in our Elders and our young people. With everything we do, the underlying theme is always respect for the land and reclamation of the ways of our ancestors.

Christi Belcourt is a Michif visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people. Her ancestry is from Mânitow Sâkahikan, and she has lived along the North Shore of Lake Huron for 15+ years. The majority of her work explores and celebrates the beauty of the natural world. Author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007), Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010) Christi’s work is found within the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall. Christi is a past recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Chalmers Family Fund and the Métis Nation of Ontario. In 2014 she was named Aboriginal Arts Laureate by the Ontario Arts Council and shortlisted for the Premier’s Award in 2015 and 2016. She is currently the lead coordinator for Walking With Our Sisters.

Isaac Murdoch, whose Ojibway name is Manzinapkinegego’anaabe / Bombgiizhik is from the fish clan and is from Serpent River First Nation. Isaac grew up in the traditional setting of hunting, fishing and trapping. Many of these years were spent learning from Elders in the northern regions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isaac is well respected as a storyteller and traditional knowledge holder. For many years he has led various workshops and cultural camps that focuses on the transfer of knowledge to youth. Other areas of expertise include: traditional ojibway paint, imagery/symbolism, harvesting, medicine walks, & ceremonial knowledge, cultural camps, Anishinaabeg oral history, birch bark canoe making, birch bark scrolls, Youth & Elders workshops, etc. He has committed his life to the preservation of Anishinaabe cultural practices and has spent years learning directly from Elders.


Sessions 1:45pm to 2:45pm

A1– Lateral Empathy – We All Help Each Other
Mitch Borbonniere

Mitch Bourbonniere, M.S.W. has 30 years of experience working with individuals, families, neighbourhoods, organizations and communities. Mitch consults and provides intervention with various populations including at risk youth, parents, other service providers and systems. According to Mitch, we can encourage our Indigenous students to volunteer in the community and help themselves by helping others. The term we use for this is “Lateral kindness”. By getting involved with groups like the Mama Bear Clan Patrol, Got Bannock, and Drag the Red, Indigenous students can learn skills, make connections and feel good about themselves all while helping within the Indigenous community.

Grade Level: n/a
Session Location: Royal AB

A2– Using the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Floor Map
Spring Maytwayashing and Leanne Smith

The IPAC Map is a wonderful resource that will assist you and your students in understanding the past, present and future of Indigenous Peoples in Canada as viewed from an Indigenous Perspective. Setting aside the political boundaries of provinces and territories, the map focuses on historical treaties and land claims, the distribution of Indigenous language families, the locations of reserves and band councils, the formers sites of residential schools, and more. Walk with us as we step on to the map and take away a variety of resources, tools, and lesson ideas that you can use with your students and staff to facilitate authentic and meaningful learning. Spring teaches at Isaac Brock in WSD. Leanne is the Inclusion Specialist for Indigenous Education in RETSD.

Grade Level: All
Session Location:
Royal C
Max Participants: 60

A3– Power, Purpose, and Publishing:  Bringing Student Stories to Life
Ben Paul

This presentation explores strategies that can be used in the classroom to help students draft and eventually publish their work in authentic paperback. Participants will learn how they can apply publishing in their classrooms as a way to showcase student achievement and build community. Benjamin Alvin Paul is an English teacher at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute. He is a 2019 Certificate of Excellence recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Grade Level: High School
Session Location: York Room

A4 – Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba
Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith is the NDP MLA for Point Douglas Constituency in the Province of Manitoba. In 2008, Bernadette’s sister, Claudette Osborne-Tyo went missing. As a MMIWG family member she knows the importance of strong political activism and has been a powerful voice for Indigenous people. Come listen to a family’s story of their loved one going missing. See how similar their story is to those across Canada and find out how you can become involved in changing the narrative and help keep indigenous women safe in Canada through tangible actions. Learn about the many initiatives happening to help teach the next generation about MMIWG2S

Grade Level: All ages
Session Location: Windsor Room
Max Participants: 50

A5– Metis History and Timeline
Teresa Byrne

This presentation explains 400 years of Metis history in such a manner that participants will see the building of the Metis Nation with all the glory and despair, wins and losses, and what those mean to the Metis today.

Grade Level: all ages
Session Location: Governor’s Room

A6 – Indigenous Representation and Presence CANCELLED
Matthew Brian Shorting

Matthew Shorting is a member of the Little Saskatchewan First Nation in Manitoba. He is the father of a ten year old daughter. Matthew grew up in the child welfare system as a permanent ward of the Province of Manitoba. Through becoming a father and healing from the impact of the child and family services system, Matthew has become an advocate for the better treatment of our Indigenous children and the family system. He is diligently bringing to light the deficiencies of many systems such as justice, education and health so that appropriate solutions can be achieved on an individual basis and through the self-determination of our Nations.

Grade Level: All
Session Location: Kensington Room

A7 – Two-Spirited People of Manitoba
Albert McLeod and Dr Chantal Fiola

This workshop will focus on the history and contemporary experiences of Indigenous LGBTQI/Two-Spirit people and youth. Speakers will explore how we as educators can support our students/youth and highlight findings and Calls to Action from the recent conference C2C – Two-Spirit and Queer/Trans People of Colour.

Grade Level: All
Session Location: Hanover


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*Please note the maximum capacity for this conference is 400. No walk-ups will be accepted once maximum capacity has been reached. 

Conference Fee: $100
Membership Fee: $20 (included in Conference Fee)
Membership + Conference Fee: $100 (early bird) $120 after September 30
Non-Member Conference Fee: Early Bird – $110 / After Oct. 1 – $130
Student Fee: N/A
Early Bird with cut-off dates (if applicable): $100 until September 30, 2019, then $120
*NOTE: No refunds after October 15th

Conference and Registration Information: visit our website at or contact Jocelyn Bergunder at