4th Annual Early Learning and Language Conference 2023

White Oaks Resort and Spa, 253 Taylor Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON
March 21-23, 2023

PLEASE NOTE: Registration deadline has been extended to February 20, 2023

The Métis Early Learning and Child Care Team is excited to partner with the Métis Language Initiatives team for our 4th Annual Early Learning and Language Conference taking place March 21-23, 2023. This year’s conference will be held at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-On-The-Lake.

This year’s conference provides an opportunity for educators from across Ontario to enhance their knowledge of Métis children and how to support Métis children in the classrooms and community. The conference will enhance participant knowledge of Métis Languages and the importance of revitalizing and preserving distinct Métis Languages. Conference participants will engage in professional development opportunities and obtain helpful resources within their learning environments.

We are excited to include keynotes for this year’s conference that will give participants a deeper understanding of reconnection to our children, family, peers, and communities. To read more about our keynotes please see below. 

The application for this year’s conference will open on January 23, 2023, and will remain open until February 3, 2023, or until the conference reaches capacity. There will be a conference fee of $250 plus applicable fees. To purchase tickets for this year’s conference, please utilize the following link: https://bit.ly/3D7AdiI 

*Please note: if you are a Métis Nation of Ontario citizen and an educator, you will not be required to pay the conference fee. Please reach out to Heather Ferguson at HeatherF@metisnation.org to register for the conference. Proof of citizenship as well as designation and/or employment within the education field will be required.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Heather Ferguson at HeatherF@metisnation.org

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, division of Child Psychiatry, and is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children’s issues with over 30 years of experience. Her special interest lies in brain development and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play. Dr. Clinton has also now written a book; Love Builds Brains.

Over the course of their 45-year musical  journey, the award-winning Canadian trio, Sharon, Lois & Bram have produced 22 recordings, numerous compilations, three songbooks, and two award-winning, best-selling children’s books. Sharon and her daughter Randi continue to share their love for music and bring families together in their live and virtual performances.

Dr. Anton Treuer is a Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and the author of many books. Dr. Treuer has sat on many organizational boards, including the United Nations Technical Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals through Inclusive, Just Energy Solutions and the governing board for the Minnesota State Historical Society, and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships. His equity, education, and cultural work have put him on a path of service around the nation and the world.