June 11th, 2015

UCN Kenanow pre-service teachers from Thompson Campus recently presented their Action Research Course findings involving Land Based Education at the Lighting the Fire/Westcan Conference which was sponsored by MFNERC in Winnipeg May 6 – 8. This research forms a part of the VOICE (Vital Outcome Indicators of Community Involvement) project, which is funded through CURA and a SSHRC grant as well as other supporters, in a partnership between UCN and Brandon University. The research data presented reflected the ongoing collaboration between Mystery Lake School Division in Thompson and the Kenanow program. Knowledge mobilisation funds from VOICE supported the attendance of both the pre-service teachers and Ron Cook, Cree Language and Cultural Consultant for Mystery Lake School Division, at the conference. Elder Stella Neff, Chair of UCN Council of Elders, presented with the students and Mr. Cook, explaining the elders’ vision for the Kenanow program when it was established and emphasizing the strong connections between Land Based Education and that vision.

MFNERC 2015 Presentation

Back Row (l – r): Lonnie Duncan (Norway House); Nancy (Gwen) Swanson (Nelson House); Edith Linklater (Nelson House); Heather Cook (Split Lake); Dr. Jennifer Davis (UCN)

Front Row (l-r): Ron Cook (Mystery Lake School Division; Elder Stella Neff (Chair UCN Council of Elders)

Missing from the photo: Glenda Moose (South Indian Lake)