RISE Teachers’ Conference

Save the date for the RISE 2020 Teachers’ Conference!

COVID-19 UPDATE: At this point, the conference will go ahead as scheduled, however, we will be monitoring the situation in the weeks ahead.

May 19-21, 2020

Radisson Hotel (Downtown Winnipeg)

Recognizing Indigenous Sustainable Education (RISE) conference is about promoting sustainability through Manitoba’s First Nation schools and communities with a focus on waste reduction. Teachers from across Manitoba will be in attendance to learn about sustainable environmental practices and waste reduction efforts. Educators will return home to apply this knowledge within their classrooms, schools, and their communities in the hopes of effecting long-term change through action-oriented projects or programs.

Find the RISE 2020 conference agenda here and scroll down to see highlights from the 2019 event.

For more information, contact: Chantel Henderson: chantel@greenactioncentre.ca or call 204-925-3777 ext. 107.

RISE 2019 Highlights

RISE 2019 Teachers' Conference tourIn February 2019, 38 members of Manitoba First Nation schools – representing 19 schools and 14 communities – gathered in Winnipeg to increase their knowledge about recycling, composting, food waste and food security, and to learn from each other. The idea for the “RISE Teachers’ Conference” grew out of four years of school presentations in First Nation communities and talking with teachers who felt isolated in their efforts to teach about and implement green initiatives. Participants now know they are part of a larger group of teachers working towards reducing waste and took back ideas on how to create a more sustainable future for their school and community.

In addition to practical presentations on school composting, community beautification and education, building for success in the classroom, Connected North grants for schools, and the Pathfinders Project and Recycling Toolkit, participants also heard from an Elders panel, Youth panel and successes from other First Nations. Attendees spent time brainstorming and sharing ideas with each other on how to reduce waste within the context of four themes: communications and media, connecting youth and Elders, gardening and composting, and funding. The themes came from issues identified by attendees during the gathering. Group discussion summaries:

On field trips, participants learned about mattress recycling and the opportunity to purchase refurbished electronics at Mother Earth Recycling, an Indigenous social enterprise, and the various services provided by the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre. The gathering concluded at The Forks to hear about their Target Zero initiative and finish with a water ceremony in the teepee on-site.

RISE 2019 Teachers' Conference tour - Mother Earth Recycling