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Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2022

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Monday, May 2, 2022
Program times listed in CST (Winnipeg, MB)
Time Event/Activities
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. OPENING CEREMONY
  • Lighting the Quilliq will be conducted by Grandmother Martha Peet in her home. If others wish to share an opening in their own way, in their homes at this time, please do so.
  • Opening Prayer Grandmother Martha Peet
  • Greetings on behalf of Education and Early Childhood Learning – Honourable Wayne Ewasko
  • Greetings on behalf of Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. – Charles Cochrane
  • Greetings on behalf of UCN-ininiwi kiskinmawakewin Centre Food Pantry – Thompson Karl Laubmann
  • Greetings on behalf of UCN Mamawechetotan Centre Food Pantry – The Pas – Marcia Chartrand
  • Emcee: Dr. Myrle Ballard
9:40 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. KEYNOTE: Critical Reflections on Creating Meaningful Space in Post-Secondary Education – Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1:
  • 1A: Grandparent Sharing Session with Lorraine Coutu, hosted by Kathy Mallet
  • 1B: Learning Hubs (Chief Cornell McLean , Karl Zadnik, Ruth Shead and Tamara Cardinal)
  • 1C: Pre-Service Teachers' Attitudes and Knowledge about Indigenous Perspectives in Curriculum (Shelley Kokorudz)
  • 1D: Impact of Student Initiated After-School Program on Student Motivation and Learning Challenges towards the Development of a Science Research Project (Alberto Mansilla)
  • 1E: Where the 2I's Meet: Indigenous International Confluence? (Sabreena MacElheron)
  • 1F: MALS - Aboriginal Languages Teacher Education Program (ALTEP) Research Initiative (Dr. Violet Okemaw, Dr. Lorena Fontaine and Helen Robinson – Settee)
11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. CULTURAL CELEBRATION – Peyton Habinski-Anderson & Savanna Anderson
11:20 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2:
  • 2A: Grandparent Sharing Session with Martha Peet, hosted by Kathy Mallett
  • 2B: Grandparent Sharing Session with (Wanbdi Wakita, hosted by Kathy Mallett)
  • 2C: Using a Storywork Approach, acknowledging the Dialectic between Worldviews: ADED365 - Negotiating meaning (Marlene Atleo and Amea Wilbur)
  • 2D: Decolonizing Education through Authentic Stories in Middle-Years Classrooms: The Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ῑthiniwak (Rocky Cree) Project (Doris Wolf and Margaret Dumas)
  • 2E: A Pragmatic Approach to implementing Indigenous Content into the Classroom (Laura Forsythe)
  • 2F: Survey on Indigenous Teachers Manitoba 2017 Results (Alexandria Ireland)
  • 2G: Ininwew Maytawaywina – First Nations Games (Nobert Mercredi)
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CLOSING PRAYER & CLOSING REMARKS
  • Closing Prayer Grandfather Lorraine Coutu
  • Emcee: Dr. Myrle Ballard

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Program times listed in CST (Winnipeg, MB)
Time Event/Activities
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. PIPE CEREMONY
  • Pipe Ceremony will be conducted by Grandfather Wanbdi Wakita in his home. If others wish to share in their homes at this time, please do so.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. OPENING PRAYER & DAY TWO SUMMARY
  • Opening Prayer – Grandmother Stella Neff
  • Day Two Summary – Dr. Laara Fitznor
  • Emcee – Dr. Myrle Ballard
9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. KEYNOTE – Unlearning Colonialism and Renewing Kinship Relations – Dr. Dwayne Donald
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


  • 3A: Grandparent Sharing Session with Stella Neff, hosted by Kathy Mallett
  • 3B: Community led initiatives on Indigenous health and food sovereignty in time of Covid 19 (Dr. Asfia Kamal, Rose Linklater, Kayla Pennell and Krista Dumas)
  • 3C: Indigenous Approaches to Autism in Education Through Digital Storytelling (Patty Douglas, Sheryl Peters and Tyler Huff)
  • 3D: Creating Nourishing Early Years Classrooms through Truth, Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges to Restore Relationships for, and Identity in, Indigenous Youth (Marika Schalla)
  • 3E: Nourishing Indigenous praxis through the First Nations Research Circle (Brent Debassige, Leslee White-Eye, Mary Deleary, Josh Manitowabi, Tara Hedican, Sara Spence and Lillian Woroniuk)
  • 3F: Manitoba First Nations School System: Building a First Nations School System – Five Year Journey – Successes and Challenges (Nora Murdock)
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. CULTURAL CELEBRATION – JC Campbel
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4:
  • 4A: Grandparent Sharing Session with Jimmy Hunter-Spence, hosted by Kathy Mallett
  • 4B: Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest (KAHF) – Engaging with Community (Deb Radi, Ryan Epp and Val T. Vin)
  • 4C: Horizon- ecosystem map of supports for Indigenous post-secondary students (Denise Tardiff)
  • 4D: Paralyzing Problems and Pockets of Possibility: Observations on the meaning and potential of Indigenous Education in Manitoba schools (Marc Kuly and Rina Whitford)
  • 4E: Indigenous Student-Led Decolonial Movements: A Case Study in Winnipeg (Dr. Jeannie Kerr, Meagan Malcolm and Karen Swan)
  • 4F: Manitoba School Survey on Indigenous Languages Teaching Report (Alexandria Ireland & Priscila Silva)
11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. GRANDPARENTS CIRCLE
  • Hosted by Kathy Mallett, joined by Elder’s, Lorraine Coutu, Jimmy Hunter-Spence, Stella Neff, Martha Peet, and Wanbdi Wakita.
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CLOSING PRAYER & CLOSING REMARKS
  • Closing Prayer – Grandfather Wanbdi Wakita
  • Emcee: Dr. Myrle Ballard