Spring Conference 2019

Full Morning Wellness Sessions
(9:30 AM - 12:15 PM)

Métis Art Workshop: Making a Grandparent Stone and Mini Medicine Bag

This full morning activity will provide participants with the chance to decorate/paint a “Grandparent” stone, sew a leather bag, and discuss the purposes and meanings of both. All materials are provided. 

Maximum 30 participants.

Nancy Gouliquer

Nancy is a Métis artisan with a passion for community, Métis culture and history. She connects to her French-Métis roots through teaching, volunteering and storytelling. Nancy likes to pass on traditional skills like capote-making, moccasin and mukluk sewing, hide prepping, historic bag constructing, birch-bark collection and use, and Métis beading and porcupine quilling. As an elder and knowledge-keeper, Nancy is involved in the Métis community as a mentor, volunteer, and workshop facilitator.

Blanket Exercise

Details will follow shortly … stay tuned.

Rita-Lynn Emerson

Bio will follow shortly … stay tuned.

1/2 Morning Wellness Sessions
(9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)

Chill Yoga for Body & Mind

A discussion on the benefits of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for the body and mind, followed by a chill yoga practice. This yoga class will be a fusion of yin, restorative, PhysioLogic (Physiotherapy based yoga), and functional movement together with mindful breathing. No yoga experience required; modifications offered. Participants must bring their own mat.

Kafabe Yoga - Holly Pluchinski

Holly is a 400-hour registered yoga teacher and has been practicing in a variety of yoga styles since 2006. Holly believes that yoga can be both a tool for introspective growth and also fun, which is why oftentimes, there’s a lot of laughter in her classes. Her unique approach to yoga has been featured on Shaw TV, CTV news, and CTV Morning Live.

Mindfulness for Well-Being

This experiential session introduces participants to mindfulness and offers strategies to promote overall well-being. Mindfulness is about intentionally paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of curiosity. By focusing on the present, one tends to worry less about the past and the future. A regular mindful practice has many benefits and can help manage stress, increase focus and improve overall health and well-being.

Mireille Saurette

Mireille provides academic support for student success at Assiniboine Community College (ACC). She completed an MA in Counseling Psychology. Her passion for mindfulness is strong. Having completed a 9-day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Fundamentals course, she now delivers mindfulness initiatives at ACC. Mireille has over 12 years’ experience in education (elementary, secondary and college).

Late Morning Workshops
(11:00 AM - 12:15 PM)

Engage. Empower. Learn

Whether you’re teaching citizenship, history, geography, math, politics, or another subject, Elections Canada’s new inquiry-based resources can promote student-centred learning. These teacher-tested tools provide rich content that is linked to curricula in every province and territory. Come discover them! Available from 2019 to 2020, our professional learning services in Manitoba support teachers in delivering citizenship education in a variety of formats completely free of charge.

Joseph Péloquin-Hopfner

Joseph is an Education coordinator with Elections Canada. He is leading a pilot project in Manitoba that is set to empower teachers with free, dynamic, curricula connected educational resources focused on Democracy, Civic Engagement and Elections. More information about this initiative can be found on the website: or by contacting him directly: 

Implementing Effective RPL Processes

This presentation will address the value of implementing effective RPL processes at your Adult Learning Centre. Information shared will cover the basic principles of RPL, the role of the student, teacher, and administration, as well as how to develop RPL requirements for specific courses, including sound assessment practices.

Krista Reimer

Krista currently teaches high school math and art at Louis Riel Institute Adult Learning Centre and Stevenson-Britannia Adult Learning Centre. Over the past five years, she has taught a variety of courses, including high school math, English, art, and English as an Additional Language for international students.

The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

Historic and contemporary issues in treaty relations, Indigenous law and rights, and TRCM’s treaty education resources.

Dr. Karine Duhamel

Dr. Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and has over ten years of experience and knowledge in scholarly research and public history, with a focus on Indigenous activism and Treaty rights. Her PhD dissertation combined archival and oral history on pan-Indigenous rights in Canadian and international contexts. Dr. Duhamel is currently on leave from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights serving as Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Full Afternoon Workshops
(1:15 PM - 4:00 PM)

Dealing with Difficult People

This presentation addresses how we communicate and develop relationships with difficult people in our day-to-day lives.

Dr. Eric Dousette

Eric is an instructor in the Education Assistant program at Assiniboine Community College.

Vicarious Trauma and Resilience: Caring for Ourselves and Each Other

Vicarious trauma often occurs as a result of caring and identifying with the pain of others. Witnessing the struggles and hardships of students and families can be difficult as we try to balance work expectations with our other responsibilities. The work can feel isolating and exhausting. Celebrating growth and even the smallest of successes can encourage and sustain vicarious resilience. This session will build understanding of vicarious trauma and provide strategies for building resilience

Maximum of 20 participants.

Jennifer Heinrichs & Kari McCluskey

Jennifer and Kari are the co-facilitators of the Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Initiative at Aurora Family Therapy Centre where they provide workshops and support for settlement service providers and educators who are committed to creating positive transition and integration experiences for Canadian newcomers.

Early Afternoon Workshops
(1:15 PM - 2:30 PM)

Science Without a Lab

This presentation is about how to incorporate labs in teaching Science without an actual lab. This presentation can help teachers who want to make science interesting for students with hands-on activities, simulations and virtual labs.

Poonampreet Sidhu

Poonampreet Sidhu has been teaching at University College of the North, Adult Learning Centre, since 2009. Poonampreet came to Canada in 2009 and has been living in Thompson since then. She has two kids who are 12 and 3. She has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in English, Master of Education, and ESL TCP. Poonampreet has taught Science and English in India for 9 years, and has been teaching Science, Biology, ELA, and ESL for almost 10 years. She loves to teach, read, travel, and cook.

Métis Rights and Sites App

The Métis Rights & Sites app is an educational tool to promote the contributions made by the Métis peoples to Manitoba and Canada, with a special focus on human rights. It also serves as a symbol of reconciliation for the Métis Nation’s dark times and road to a bright future. Stories and features will be added over time. This app was made possible through a partnership between the Louis Riel Institute (LRI), Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), and the Manitoba Metis Federation.

Teresa Byrne

Teresa Byrne is the Métis Cultural / Tour Coordinator at Louis Riel Institute. As the Louis Riel Institute Cultural/ Tour Coordinator she has launched the Métis Rights and Sites App that she has been working on for th past two years. Teresa is immersed in Metis culture and traditions including sash weaving, historic clothing, and bead work. 

Métis Employment, Training and Career Resources for Students

Suzanne and Melissa will provide a description of their services, funding initiatives, eligibility, partnerships, and give advice for your own career supports.

Suzanne MacPherson & Melissa Bugg

Suzanne is an Employment & Training Counselor in the Métis Employment and Training Department of the MMF. She supports Métis, Non-Status and Inuit people with job preparation, career counseling, and educational counseling/funding.

Melissa is an Employment & Training Counselor in the Métis Employment and Training Department of the MMF. Melissa provides assistance with job preparation sevices and career counselling/planning.

Late Afternoon Workshops
(2:45 PM - 4:00 PM)

Career PATH Workshop

The Career PATH is a planning process that we use with students that helps them figure out their future career plans. It also goes through the steps they need to accomplish before reaching their career goals.

Terri-Lynn Habinski

Terri-Lynn has been working at the Louis Riel Institute Adult Learning Centre for the past five years as the Retention Support Worker. She is also a trained career employment counsellor.

Student-Centred Learning

Learners from the Maples MET School will talk about the Big Picture Learning model.

Matt Henderson

Matt is the Assistant Superintendent of the Seven Oaks School Division and founding principal of the Maples Met School

Life/Work Transitioning (40S) - Collaboration

Last year, almost half of Manitoba’s ALC sites offered Life Work Transitioning (40S). Join your colleagues for an overview of the course, a panel discussion and time to collaborate. We need you to help make this workshop dynamic. Please come eager to discuss your own challenges, successes, and best practices with this Career Development Course.

Nancy Cosby, Nancy Chiupka, Pam Reichert & Marcey Cherniak

Nancy Chiupka teaches at Assiniboine Community College AC.

Nancy Cosby teaches at Adult Education Centres.

Pam Reichert is the ED at St. Vital Adult Ed 

Marcey Cherniak is a Program Consultant with Adult Learning & Literacy

Thank you for your interesting in wanting to be a part of our upcoming conference! A committee member will be in contact with you once your form has be submitted!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"

Nelson Mandela

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