First Nation Schools

Engaging Youth


Our youth are often the most enthusiastic to protect Mother Earth. Schools provide the ideal environment for students to learn and practice how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. And inspire others in the community!

There are many ways to do this – green clubs, classroom discussions, learning on the land, setting up composting and recycling at the school, and more. Scroll down to learn about experiences at First Nation schools in Manitoba.

While the pandemic makes it impossible to gather and learn together in person, we are able to learn together online.

It also means teachers from across the province, as well as the general public, can learn about the variety of sustainable education projects, initiatives and activities that are happening around Manitoba. And hopefully apply them at their school or in their community.


We're looking for webinar ideas, topics, themes, and speakers for future RISE Webinar Series. Feel free to send us your ideas and suggestions. They may be featured in our upcoming series!

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RISE Teachers’ Conference

The Recognizing Indigenous Sustainable Education (RISE) conference is about promoting sustainability through First Nation schools and communities in Manitoba with a focus on waste reduction.

Teachers from across the province attend to learn about sustainable environmental practices and waste reduction efforts. Educators return home able to apply this knowledge within their classrooms, schools and communities in the hopes of affecting long-term change through action-oriented projects or programs.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RISE Teachers’ Conference has been replaced by a webinar series. For more information about the webinar series and to watch the recordings, refer to the previous section.

RISE School Grants

Ten First Nation schools that participated in the RISE 2019 Teachers’ Conference applied for and received a one-time grant of $1,000 to help implement an environmentally sustainable project at their school. Here are three examples:

Neil Dennis Kematch Memorial School in Sapotaweyak Cree Nation applied the funds toward refillable water bottle drinking fountains combined with personally named re-useable water bottles for each student. Their goal is to reduce single-use plastic water bottles at the school and encourage drinking water.

Waywayseecappo School used the funds to create a medicine wheel garden with the help from students to teach them to respect Mother Earth and learn how Mother Earth helps us.

Kistiganwacheeng Elementary School and Garden Hill High School used the grant to help teach students about Reduce Reuse Recycle, with a focus on reusing. Students turned disposable items such as milk jugs and pop cans into Halloween art and repurposed coffee cans to hold sugar and flour. Teachers also got into the spirit, using new blue boxes to collect paper for recycling and to reuse one-sided paper.


learning at home

Learning new skills doesn’t only happen in the classroom. Kids can keep learning and having fun with activities at home. Prairie Dog Projects will help the whole family learn and grow, while exploring sustainability practices.

Let’s Talk!

Chantel Henderson

Indigenous Programs Outreach Coordinator