The 3rd Annual

“Hear Our Voices”

Aboriginal Education Conference


A one day conference hosted and delivered by

educators’ leading the way in the area of Aboriginal Education


Friday October 6, 2021

The Radisson Hotel

288 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Lunch Provided


Aboriginal Circle of Educators’ was the recipient of the  

Canadian Race Relations Foundation 2005 Award of

 Excellence in Education





8:00 a.m.                Registration (Coffee, Tea & Muffins)


8:30 a.m.               Opening Ceremony: Welcome by A.C.E.

                              Co-chairs: Debbie Beach-Ducharme &

                              Rebecca Chartrand


9:00-10:15 a.m.      Keynote Speaker: Dr. Graham Smith


10:15-10:45 a.m.    Break


10:45-11:45 a.m.    Sessions #1



11:45-12:15               Lunch


1:00-2:00 p.m.        Sessions #2



2:00-2:30 p.m.        Break



2:30-3:30 p.m.        Sessions #3



3:30 p.m.               Closure 




Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Graham Hingangaroa Smith


Currently Professor Smith has applied research projects in New Zealand, Alaska and the U.S.; he is the Director of the Doctor of Education (Aboriginal Pathway) at UBC; he has developed the provincial wide SAGE program (an Aboriginal focused doctoral mentoring initiative); he has worked with numerous post-secondary institutions across Canada to assist Aboriginal responsiveness; he has a large number of international indigenous doctoral students whom he supervises; he is currently an international advisor to the Campus 20/20 project aimed at charting the future for post-secondary education in B.C.


Professor Smith is one the most influential Indigenous educationalists today.  He has published widely and is in constant demand as a commentator on national and international indigenous matters. He is married to Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, and has one daughter, Kaapua Te Paea Smith. He is of Ngati Apa, Ngati Kahungunu, Kai Tahu and Ngati Porou tribal descent.


Distinguished Professor Smith is a prominent Maori education scholar who has been at the forefront of  alternative Maori initiatives in the education field and beyond.  His recent academic work has centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Maori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. 

Professor Smith has made important contributions to the political, social, economic and cultural advancement of indigenous Maori communities.  He has worked extensively with other Indigenous/ First Nation’s peoples across the world, including in Canada, Hawaii, US mainland, Taiwan, Chile, Australia, Micronesia, and with various other South Pacific nations.


Professor Smith’s earlier training is in Social Anthropology and he completed a MA (Hons) dissertation on ‘Maori Rituals of Encounter’.  He was the first teacher of a Maori immersion Kura Kaupapa Maori school, (Maori philosophy and principles based School), which has grown from a single school in 1988 to over seventy-five publicly funded schools in 1999.  His theoretical leadership has helped inform the emergence of Maori Education Studies as a distinct academic field within New Zealand education and as an identifiable educational area of study in particular New Zealand Universities. His research work has stimulated a wide-ranging academic discussion centered on Kaupapa Maori Theory, Critical Theory and Transformative Praxis.






















SESSION A: 10:45-11:45 a.m.


Session A1

Developing Middle Years Science Lessons that Incorporate Indigenous Knowledge

Dawn Sutherland, Department of Education, University of Winnipeg


This presentation will provide information on incorporating indigenous knowledge into lesson plans for middle years science. This workshop is for everyone who would like to learn and understand the integration of Aboriginal perspectives into the middle year’s science curriculum.


Session A2

Generational Trauma:  Understanding Its Impact on Aboriginal People

Anita L. Keith, Instructor-Red River College & Aboriginal Author


While colonialism thrives in many areas of Aboriginal life, no longer are Aboriginal people merely a backdrop to colonial history.  The core of who we are is strong, spiritual, active and alive.  My approach to the subject of generational trauma grows out of my desire that the voices of our ancestors, our elders, our people, and our youth, as survivors of historical generational trauma, be heard and the audiences which listen will understand how this important dimension of Aboriginal history fits into the larger context of events that have played a role in the attempted ethnic and cultural genocide of the Natives of North America. 


Session A3 

Creating partnerships between Aboriginal and EAL/SESD/TESL educators
for Aboriginal student success across languages and lifeworlds.

Dr. Marlene Atleo, Assistant Professor, Education, University of Manitoba

Dr. Laara Fitznor, Assistant Professor Aboriginal Education University of Manitoba


The objective of the presentation is to invite Aboriginal teachers to participate in the development of a collaborative research network and agenda between the Aboriginal and second language education communities of the Province of Manitoba and other Western participants. The long term expectation is to improve English language equities and learning opportunities for Aboriginal lifelong learners and communities. The approach is the collaborative development of multilingual and intercultural approaches to Aboriginal language education research, pedagogy, and teacher and paraprofessional education.


Session A4

Impact of Residential Schools

Gladys Cook, Elder


Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story.  Gladys will share her story and experiences. The presentation includes a documentary video that memorializes the experiences of residential school survivors.   



SESSION B: 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Session B1 

Animating Wholistic and Critical thinking in Aboriginal Education

Dr. Laara Fitznor, Assistant Professor Aboriginal Education University of Manitoba


In this session I will discuss critical themes, issues & perspectives in Aboriginal education that have the potential to transform our thinking about education, learning and teaching. Also, I will discuss the ways that pedagogies in Aboriginal education may move us to transform the way we think & act in our intrapersonal & interpersonal home/work.


Session B2 


Kaupapa Maori: Theory and Praxis

Dr. Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Director of the Doctor of Education at University of British Columbia


Dr. Smith will discuss his recent academic work that has centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Maori cultural,  social, educational and economic crises. He will share his experience of being at the forefront of alternative Maori initiatives in the education field and beyond.  His recent academic work has centred on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Maori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises.



SESSION C: 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Session C1 

Educational Policies in Education

Dr. Anna Hunter, Director, Aboriginal Public Administration, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan


This presentation will explore and focus on the role of First Nation educational policies in terms of the larger context of their invisibility within the larger social policy framework.


Session C2

First Nations Music

Allison Cox, Aboriginal Cultural Support, Winnipeg School Division


This session will introduce participants to an awareness of First Nations music. Participants will hear the stories that accompany some of the songs. Songs will include Ojibwe social songs. Participants will also enjoy listening to and participate in learning one or two songs of the hand drum.



SESSION D: 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Session D1

Learning from Indigenous  Scientists: Our Elders and Teachers

Brian Rice, Department of Education, University of Winnipeg—Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies with concentration in Traditional Knowledge 


This session will provide information on traditional programs that includes both elders and academics that teach the Indigenous Science component; Brian’s traditional sanction by elders for writing the dissertation; how the traditional based dissertation has benefited the community; and Brian’s work in Traditional Knowledge. Time permitting; Brian will demonstrate how to make a traditional fire without matches.


Session D2

Traditions and Ceremonies - A basis of knowledge"

Brian McLeod, Aboriginal Cultural Advisor The Winnipeg School Division


A look at Aboriginal traditions and ceremonies is discussed to aid educators who are looking for knowledge of the different traditional ceremonies predominant in Manitoba.  This presentation is meant to aid educators to relate to cultural protocols that they may come across when incorporating Aboriginal cultural activities for students and/or helping educators to have basis knowledge when talking with students whose beliefs are rooted in traditional Aboriginal cultures.











Registration Form:

Confirmation to be sent to:


Name:  _____________________________________________________


Address: _____________________________________________________


Phone:  (w) ________________________ (H) _____________________________


Fax: ___________________________ E-mail:______________________________


Please choose your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices using the following table. Pay attention to the time of sessions.


SESSION A: 10:45-11:45 a.m.


Session A1 ________ A2_________ A3_________ A4_______


SESSION B: 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Session B1__________ B2 _________


SESSION C: 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Session C1_________ C2 __________



SESSION D: 1:00-3:30 p.m.


Session D1_________ D2 __________



Registration Fee:  $150.00



Please make money orders and cheques payable to The Aboriginal Circle of Educators’ and send to

1265 Barratt Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0L9 


For Hotel Reservations:

The Radisson Hotel

288 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba



Aboriginal Circle of Educators’ Conference


To register or for more information contact:

Marlene Gallagher:  Aboriginal Circle of Educators Coordinator

1265 Barratt Ave, Winnipeg, MB  R3G 0L9

Phone: (204) 333-9805  Fax: (204) 783-2986

E-mail: [email protected]

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