CIEM - Infusing Indigenous Perspectives Across the Curriculum

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Council for Indigenous Education in Manitoba (CIEM)

Conference Title:
Infusing Indigenous Perspectives Across the Curriculum

CIEM MTS PD Day Conference is SOLD OUT. Due to COVID restrictions we are NOT accepting walk ups at the door. Thank you for your interest in the Council for Indigenous Education in Manitoba. See you next year. Meegwich.

Location: Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB
***The Viscount Gort Hotel requires proof of double vaccination to attend this event***


Date: October 22, 2021

09:00 - 09:30 - Arrival, Optional Smudge, Registration, and Resource Fair
09:30 - 09:45 - Welcome and Opening Prayer
09:45 - 11:45 - Keynote Presentations
11:45 - 12:00 - Break
12:00 - 01:00 - Lunch and AGM
01:00 - 01:30 - Networking and Resource Fair
01:30 - 02:30 - Afternoon Sessions
02:30 - 03:15 - Closing and Door Prize Draws

Membership Fees
CIEM Full Membership......................$20

Registration Fees (includes lunch)
Conference Fee..................................$100 Early Bird (until Sept. 30)......$140 Regular (After Sept. 30)
Conference Fee and Membership...$100 Early Bird (until Sept. 30)......$150 Regular (After Sept. 30)

***Please note: masks are mandatory and please bring your own water bottle.***

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued after September 30, 2021.

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Sessions - 9:45 AM-11:45 AM

Keynote Presentations - Marc Kuly and Kevin Lamoureux

Marc Kuly directs the Service Learning Program for the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. He draws on 15 years of experience as an inner city educator to guide the program towards experiences that allow students to recognize the strength that lies in diversity. Committed to the promise of schools to develop a robust public, Marc uses storytelling to help students connect across differences. Marc received the 2008 Manitoba Foundation for the Arts award for excellence in arts education and was featured in the Gemini Award winning documentary, “The Storytelling Class” (Sedna Films). “In my first year of teaching in the Inner City I was assigned a grade 9 class of 40 students. By the end of the semester barely any of them were still attending. For the past 20 years I have wondered about those students. My dissertation research is an attempt to see school through their eyes and imagine new possibilities. This session will present their stories and offer some ideas for the work that lies ahead of all of us if we want to build the schools our students deserve.

Kevin Lamoureux - Surviving Reconciliation - The global COVID 19 pandemic brought unexpected hardships and challenges that we may very well be working to understand and solve for years to come. In the midst of these challenges, Indigenous education remains as important as ever, perhaps even more-so. Not just because Indigenous families and communities are often more vulnerable to social hardships, but because Indigenous education provides us with an opportunity to re-imagine business-as-usual at a time where returning to the way things were seems unlikely. This session will explore the importance of reconciliation during uncertain times for the benefit of all children.

Sessions - 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

FULL - A2 - Resilience: Indigenous Art Cards

Get acquainted with the Resilience: 50 Indigenous Art Cards & Teaching Guide featuring the artwork of 50 Indigenous women artists, alongside one of the toolkit’s developers. It’s an easy-to-use, bilingual, full colour boxed set designed to assist educators from kindergarten to grade 12 to integrate Indigenous themes, knowledge, history and contemporary realities into the classroom. A quick overview of the toolkit’s content and some how-to tips will leave you motivated and equipped to use visual art to inspire multidisciplinary lesson plans which spark awareness, discussion, critical thinking and self-reflection.

Presenter: Yvette Cenerini

Location: Viscount Room

Suitable for: All Educators

A3 - IPAC Giant Floor Map

Welcome to the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map. 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 former 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.

Presenter: Leanne Smith and Chris Eccles

Location: Ballroom C

Suitable for: All Educators

FULL - A4 - Mindful Moccasin Making

Get started on your own pair of moccasins in this hands-on workshop which includes teachings on mindfulness. All necessary supplies are provided as you are guided through the process, from measuring to sewing.

Presenter: Benjamin Paul and Kiana Mercredi

Benjamin Paul is a teacher at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute. In 2019 he was a Certificate of Excellence recipient for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Kiana Mercredi is in her graduating year at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute. A member of the 2020 Honour Roll with Distinction, Kiana plans on majoring in Biology at the University of Manitoba next year.

Location: York Room

Suitable for: Senior Years

A5 - Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives with EAL/Newcomer Learners

This presentation focuses on simple ways/tips to incorporate Indigenous Perspective with EAL learners as well as a focus on introducing Indigenous Culture to newcomers through the Social Studies curriculum.

Presenter: Analee Pangan

Location: Windsor Room

Suitable for: Senior Years

FULL - A6 - Integrating Indigenous Perspectives in the Classroom

This workshop will teach professionals foundational Indigenous pedagogies and practical applications to effectively and inclusively reach Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students. Topics include: Decolonizing education, Indigenizing education, Truth and Reconciliation in the classroom, applying various teachings, knowledges, and ideologies to the Manitoba curriculum, activity and lesson plan ideas, and how to effectively include Indigenous students in the classroom. All teachings will be based on Anishinaabe, Cree and Red River Metis cultures.

Presenter: Marika Schalla

Location: Governor’s Room

Suitable for: Early Years

FULL - A7 - Piikishkwaytaak le Michif

Participants will be introduced to a variety of languages spoken by the Metis people, as well as the Michif language. Participants will be able to differentiate the dialects of Michif and will be participating in learning activities to begin speaking and understanding Michif.

Presenter: John Sobkovich

Location: Regal Room

Suitable for: All Educators

FULL - A8 - Indigenous Literature in the Classroom; A Tool for Cross Curricular Success

What is Indigenous Literature and how can it be utilized to address the 94 Calls to Action in the classroom? By briefly overviewing past and present works of literature, the session will look at examples of successful lessons in several subject areas that use an Indigenous perspective as their focus. By including works from First Nation, Inuit and Metis authors into their practice, teachers can reach all learners and build capacity while also giving voice to alternative worldviews. Participants will be asked to create their own lesson with a selected text during this workshop.

Presenter: Arielle Garand

Location: Hanover Room

Suitable for: Early-Middle Years

FULL - A9 - Finger Weaving

When it comes to Métis culture and symbols, there are few things that stand out quite like the sash. But what is the history behind it? And what is its significance to Métis people today? "Sashes to me, tell stories… whether it's done on a loom.. or finger weaving, to me they're always telling a story," said Teresa Byrne. Byrne is the Métis cultural and tour co-ordinator at the Manitoba Métis Federation's Louis Riel Institute. She said that wearing a sash shows Métis pride in their heritage. "I am a proud Métis woman and to wear this sash is not just for Festival de Voyageur, but for different events. To me, it's honouring my nation and being proud of who we are instead of hiding," said Byrne.

Presenter: Teresa Byrne

Location: Kensington Room

Suitable for: All Educators