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Thursday July 14th, 2022 Sessions

Our Medicine Wheel- How does the Four Foundations of HDLH fit into our Medicine Wheel?

9:00 am – 10:30 am CST or 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Michelle Taylor-Leonhardi and Mary Alice Taylor

Preserving our Culture and Language is an important part of who I am as an Indigenous Educator. The How Does Learning Happen Document is a Pedagogy for Early Childhood Educators but how can we use this document along side of our Medicine Wheel. Mary and I would like to walk you through an exercise using our Medicine Wheel and the four foundations of How Does Learning Happen. Through Story Telling and shared experiences we will create a document together that looks at where does Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement and Expression fit into our Medicine Wheel. This will be different for everyone and should be. This will also change through time as we grow in our learning.


Mary is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister-in-law, auntie, friend, speaker, language keeper, drummer, singer, and most importantly a lifelong learner. She loves speaking her language to whoever will listen. Mary is a graduate of Lakehead University and Cambrian College.

Michelle is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, sister-in-law, auntie, great auntie, friend, educator, and lifelong learner. Michelle is one of the first graduates of Binojiiyag Kinomaadwin (NECE Native Early Childhood Education) Course.

This mother and daughter duo both live in Curve Lake, Ontario. Both are graduates of the Native Early Childhood Education Program. Mary and Michelle have been presenting a variety of workshops throughout Ontario.


Indigenous Circle of Practice

9:00 am – 10:30 am CST or 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Ruth Ann Syrette, RECE and Sherry Lickers, RECE

Ruth Ann and Sherry bring a wealth of experience to the table and both are current members of the Guiding Committee on Truth and Reconciliation guided by our Elder Brenda Mason. Ruth Ann and Sherry were former members of the Provincial Working Group – Learning Circle that was supported by the Ministry of Education and while in their former positions as Managers of First Nation Child Care Centres. We would like to offer a safe space for our fellow RECE’s who identify as First Nation, Inuit and Metis to come together and share our journeys through working in our own communities

As we build upon our inherent right to self-determination we want to gather our voices and build relationships that will strengthen, support and guide us on our journey to develop our own system of Child Care and Early Learning. Our time has come to start making changes that will benefit all the children of our nations. Through group discussions and a sharing circle we want to form a Community of Practice for Indigenous RECE – First Nation, Inuit and Metis. We look forward to meeting with everyone who shares that common goal of supporting one another and building a strong advocate group, with the goal to make changes to our existing system for the betterment of our children and future generations. We have a voice, let’s come together and share our stories!


Ahniin, Boozhoo! Gaa giizhigow-bimoset, Ma’iingan Dodem, Ketegaunzeebee doonjiba.

I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator with the College of ECE and currently working towards my degree in Child Studies, with the plan to complete my Master’s upon graduation. I am also a member of the Association for Early Childhood Educator’s of Ontario. It is through my membership in the AECEO that I became part of the Truth and Reconciliation Guiding Committee. (Ruth Ann Syrette)

Sherry Lickers, RECEC, has 38 years experience in the field and worked as a front line childcare worker, child and family program worker, child care supervisor and an ECE College instructor.


Traditional Foods

9:00 am – 10:30 am CST or 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Melissa Payne, RD, B.S.A Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian

When you hear the word traditional foods, what do you think of? Traditional foods mean different things to different people. This presentation will just touch on some of the wonderful traditional foods across Canada. We will talk about some traditional meats and plants across Canada. The presentation will talk about the history of food in Canada. We will look at the benefits of eating traditional foods, the traditional way of growing plants and some of the nutrients in the foods. We will examine some of the traditional ways to hunt, cook and eat traditional foods.


Workplace Health and Wellness

9:00 am – 10:30 am CST or 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Holly Chant, Health Promoter

This interactive session will provide information and resources on how to maintain positive mental health and wellness at work. There will be strategies and tools shared to help with workplace stress and anxiety including easy breathing exercises, grounding exercises, and more.


I am a Health Promoter and the lead for mental health promotion on the Chronic Disease Prevention team at the Northwestern Health Unit. I have worked at the health unit for 16 years and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I live in Nestor Falls with my husband, Trevor, who is originally from England. We also own a bait and tackle store in Nestor Falls called Bite Me Bait & Tackle that has been open for 5 years now. I don’t have a lot of spare time but when I do, I enjoy walking, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.


Midday Session - Hosted by Kelly Massaro-Joblin

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST or 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST

Program Presentations from the Thunder Bay Region

You won’t want to miss this session!! Have you ever wondered what’s it like to live and work in the North?

The planning committee is pleased to introduce you to four of our programs located in the Thunder Bay Region. These program supervisors are members of the First Nation Early Years Mentors Gijikendaamin network. Please join us in welcoming:

  • Wabaseemong Child Care Centre with Bonnie Shewman (Wabaseemong FN)
  • The 4 C’s with Wanda McCabe (Couchiching FN)
  • Ginoogaming Aboriginal Head Start with Shelley Franceschini (Ginoogaming FN)
  • A-Wa-Sh-She-Gum-Ik with Donna Chapman (Bearskin Lake FN)



Closing Ceremonies

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm or 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm EST


Join Lloyd Napish of Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation who will wrap up the conference with an end note!

Closing Song with Marion Wapioke, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First Nation

Closing Remarks with Eugema Ings, Planning Committee Member, FN Early Years Mentors Gijikendaamin

Grand Prize Draw!!