Join us March 3-4, 2023 for connection, networking, and Michif language revitalization with some amazing keynote speakers...
Thank you for your interest for the Metis Early Years Conference. Please note the conference is now sold out. To add yourself to the waitlist, please click the link below to reserve a spot.
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FRIDAY, March 3, 2023:
5:30pm | Registration Opens
6:00pm | Networking & Cultural Event
Enjoy cultural performances by the Waceya Métis Society Jiggers, while mingling with other Early Learning and Child Care Professionals from around the province, munching on light refreshments, and browsing unique and cultural selections from local Métis artists and vendors.
6:30pm | Jigging - Payton Sage Caldwell Murphy | Cultural Performance
Payton (she/her) is a proud 14-year-old Métis citizen who was born and raised in Lheidli T’enneh territory.
Payton considers dance as medicine. She has struggled with anxiety but when she dances, she feels balanced and connected to her Indigenous culture and spirit.
Payton is excited to share her love of dance with you and is humbled and honored to be part of this event.
More About Payton
SATURDAY, March 4, 2023:
8:00am | BREAKFAST & SIGN-IN
8:30am | As I Am, Is Enough - Madelaine McCallum | Cultural Workshop
"Through sharing her most fragile moments with audiences across Canada in her Fire Within presentation, Madelaine discovered the most crucial lesson there is to learn: "As I am, is Enough." Taking you through an emotional roller coaster, Madelaine will leave you speechless with her realness and vulnerability as she helps you to discover the importance of finding self-worth and acceptance."
More Info Here
10:00am | MORNING BREAK
10:15am | Jigging Lesson - Madelaine McCallum | Cultural Workshop
"Participants learn Métis dance steps sequenced through choreography and get fit at the same time! You’ll gain knowledge of dances like The Red Jig, belt dance, broom dance, and orange blossom special. This workshop is filled with high energy and tailored for all levels – you’ll have a great time (because how can you not when fiddle music is involved!)"
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12:00pm | LUNCH
1:00pm | Michif Language Revitalization Lesson - Norman Fleury | Cultural Workshop
"Originally, from St. Lazare, Manitoba, Norman Fleury is a gifted Michif storyteller. He speaks Michif, Cree, Anishinaabemowin, Dakota, French, and English. Tireless in the promotion and preservation of the Michif language, he has contributed to dozens of language resources, including dictionaries, grammar books, and he has provided innumerable translations for cultural resources." Join Norman in a Michif Language Lesson and become part of the Michif Language Revitalization.
Norman Fleury Bio
Participants of the Métis Early Years Conference may receive discounted rates at the Courtyard by Marriott Prince George, (900 Brunswick Street, Prince George).
These rates ($129 CAD/night) are available until February 10, 2023, after which regular rates will apply.
Book your hotel here.
Cancellation: One night's room and tax will be charged to guaranteed credit card if not cancelled 96 hours prior to check in date.
Group rates are only available by booking online.
Friday: Light snacks and refreshments provided.
Saturday: Breakfast, morning- and afternoon- break snacks and coffee, and lunch will be provided.
Some vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options will be available.
Unique and cultural selections from local Métis Artists and Vendors will be displayed for viewing (and purchasing), Friday and Saturday
Conference attendees will receive certificates for sessions attended.
2 hours Networking
2 hours "As I am, is Enough" Workshop - Madelaine McCallum
1 hour Jigging (Cultural) Workshop - Madelaine McCallum
3 hours Michif Language Revitalization (Cultural) Workshop - Norman Fleury
Total for all sessions: 8 hours