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Mar.
06 2017

Circle of Support: First Nations Engaging Families in Early Learning

March 6th 2017
Education leaders, including directors, principals and school administrators, from six First Nation communities in Manitoba and Ontario gathered at the Canad Inns Destination Centre in Winnipeg on January 27 and 28, for Circle of Support: First Nations Engaging Families in Early Learning.

The two-day conference was spearheaded by The Learning Partnership, thanks to the federal government’s New Paths for Education grant, to encourage family engagement in early childhood education, and to ensure that all children experience a smooth transition to kindergarten. 
Staff members attending Circle of support
Circle of support participants

The conference focused on a range of concepts, family engagement and community engagement issues identified by on-reserve communities, as well as how the Welcome to Kindergarten program can be adapted to serve the unique needs of First Nation communities.

Kevin Lamoureux, Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, gave a compelling keynote presentation on education as a pathway to reconciliation.

Conference attendees also enjoyed breakout sessions exploring initiatives in participating communities, including language immersion programs at the Kiizhik Gakendaasowin School in Kenora, Ontario. Attendees also shared their success stories and best practices for family engagement.

Special thanks to the federal government for their generous support, which made the conference possible. The Learning Partnership would also like to acknowledge the leadership of the Circle of Support: First Nations Engaging Families in Early Learning steering committee.