Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre/Roseau River First Nation Pilot Project

The Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre provides five different types of support and services to Band Operated Schools in Manitoba. The five different types of supports and services are identified in the video. They are: Numeracy Specialist, Literacy Specialist, First Nations Language Specialist, Early Childhood/Research Specialist and Development Support Specialists.

The video also highlights a pilot project with the Ginew School which is a Band Operated School within the Roseau River First Nation situated south of the City of Winnipeg.

Transcript

Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director - MFNERC

MFNERC is Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, Incorporated.

We serve First Nations Independent schools in Manitoba…

Don Robertson, Elder Resource to MFNERC

The really strong position of the Resource Centre is that it understands the lives of the
people…it understands the needs of the community…it understands the kind of
development that needs to be done in Education in order to address those needs…

Violet Okemaw, Director of Support Services - MFNERC

The services and the supports to First Nations were very limited, but since the establishment of the Resource Centre there's been many different types of supports and services provided to individual First Nations…

We provide the second level service where specialists or consultants go to the school and work with individual teachers …we provide assessment in grades 3, 7 and 8 …
…we provide principal round-tables because in many communities' principals lack training.
…we meet with Directors of Education and we provide leadership skills…
…we also provide a lot of training.

We currently have 5 different service delivery teams… and each team consists of different specialists…
…for example we may have a Numeracy specialist, a Literacy specialist, a First Nations Language specialist…

…and Early Childhood or Research and Development Support specialists.
We do cover all of Manitoba… every band controlled school has some sort of support or service that's provided to them.

Gloria Antoine, Elder/Board Member Ginew School

Ginew School is located 60 miles south of Winnipeg…in Roseau River First Nation.
There's about 126 students going to school here in Ginew School.

Lorne C. Keeper:

Ginew School is in its third year of a pilot project right now…
The school was essentially in crisis. The Chief at the time was prepared to shut down the school …

 …but he wanted to save the school, so he said "we would like to ask the Resource Centre"…because he said, "they're made up of First Nations professionals …why can't we partner with them and they run our school? "

Katherine Whitecloud, Superintendent of Education – MFNERC

The priorities identified by the community, by parents, grandparents was the Culture and the Language and Literacy and Numeracy…

Gloria Antoine, Elder/Board Member Ginew School

I'd just like the kids to really learn their language…

 …because it teaches them who they are and when you know who you are, that's when you're proud!

Josephine Hartin, Grade 7 & 8 Teacher - Ginew School

I could see the services that we're able to provide them, the Speech and Language and the Phys Ed to have the equipment…the computers to have the technology …to the Ojibway and Culture Program, the Elders in the School…

 …we're able to provide that for our students…and we want to look at the balance of our students too…not just the academics, but also looking at their social, emotional well-being as well.

Katherine Whitecloud: 

The only reason why these children are succeeding as they are is because …the resources are in place to support the children and their needs…

Martha Laroque, Elder/Board Member Ginew School

Well they bring a lot of programs here on the reserve and the kids are really improving with their grades…that's what the community wanted to see…they're up to par now.

N. Stewart McDougall, Principal- Ginew School

Overall our goal is for all First Nations students to be successful not only on the reserve but in the mainstream society as well, because you know, they do have to succeed in both worlds.

Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director - MFNERC

The true measure for success is how the community reacts and they're proud of their school, children are attending, teachers are staying and…
…if you have those components, then they're doing their job.

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