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2018 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show

on September 21, 2018

“First Nations Housing and Related Infrastructure Strategy Developed by First Nations for First Nations”

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on the long-term approach for First Nations housing and related infrastructure on First Nations as well as housing for First Nations members who live in urban, rural and northern areas.

The Forum is an opportunity to provide input on the development of the First Nations National Housing and Related Infrastructure Strategy which is guided solely by the aim of ensuring that all First Nations members living in or away from their First Nations will have access to housing that suits their needs.

Registration Package

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Provisional Agenda

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Forum Overview

Forum Attendees will include:

  • Chiefs or their representatives;
  • Housing and Public Works Managers, Indigenous Housing Service Providers, and individuals who are working in the field of housing management and infrastructure management;
  • First Nations organizations or technicians interested in improving how housing and infrastructure is managed and delivered;
  • Consultants and other non-government entities involved in First Nations housing and infrastructure; and,
  • Federal Government housing and infrastructure officials.

Featuring: Trade Show Exhibitors showcasing the latest housing and infrastructure products and services. Have your Passport to Prizes signed by the Trade Show Exhibitors and be entered into a draw to win a great prize at the end of the Forum! Participants must be present on the last day to win!

All activities will be taking place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Development of a First Nations National Housing and Related Infrastructure Strategy.
  • The creation of new systems for housing and related infrastructure, and new ways to deliver housing services to First Nations.
  • Identifying effective ways to leverage investments and finding new ways to finance housing and related infrastructure.
  • Identifying skills and capacity needs to support the transition process.
  • Sharing of best practices.

For up-to-date info email [email protected] or call toll-free: 1-866-869-6789.

Registration

To facilitate registration, all participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay.

Please complete the National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show registration form included in this notice and fax it to the Assembly of First Nations, attention Tash Cote at 613-241-5808.

Registration forms and payment must be received by October 26, 2018 to ensure processing prior to the Assembly. After this date, please register on-site with your payment.

Register On-line Registration Form

Onsite Registration

Register and check in for the Forum at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street by Monday, October 29, 2018, between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM to be eligible for a great prize.

Fees

  • First Nation Delegate: $105
  • Corporate/Government Offical Delegate: $210

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274  with any questions regarding registration.

Agenda of Events

Monday, October 29, 2018
4:00PM – 9:00PM
Forum Pre-Registration Open

6:00PM – 9:00PM
Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Forum Registration Open

8:30AM – 5:00PM
Trade Show

9:00AM – 5:00PM
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions

6:00PM – 9:00PM
Networking Event

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Forum Registration Open

8:30AM – 5:00PM
Trade Show

9:00AM – 5:00PM
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions

Thursday, November 1, 2017
8:30AM – 12:00PM
Trade Show

9:00AM – 12:00PM
Panel Presentations, Workshop Sessions, Discussion on Recommendations and Next Steps, Closing Plenary

Accomodations

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The AFN will host the 2018 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show from October 30 – November 1, 2018, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street, in Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2W6.

Our host hotel for the Forum is the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street. The rate for a Fairmont room is $239/night plus applicable taxes.

• To book your room online, the passkey link is: https://book.passkey.com/go/afnhousing
• To book your room by phone, please call 1-800-441-1414 and requesting the AFN Housing Forum’ group rate.

DEADLINE : Room rate available only until October 15, 2018

Forum Trade Show

Please note that there are a limited number of Trade Show booths available for the Forum and the registration fee for a Trade Show booth is $1260.00. To obtain a registration form or more information on the Trade Show, please contact Larry Whiteduck by phone at 613.241.6789, ext. 237 or by email at [email protected].

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2018 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show, please indicate your interest by email to [email protected].

Need more information on the 2018 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show, please visit the AFN website at www.afn.ca or send an email to [email protected].

Travel Discounts

Promotion Code

Your promotion code:XTAANCR1
This promotion code can only be used on aircanada.com.

Applicable Rules

The booking is to be made to the following city: Vancouver, YVR (BC)
The travel period begins October 28, 2018 and ends November 2, 2018.
No discount will apply to Basic/Standard fare bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

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WestJet

On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel plans. We are happy to confirm that for the upcomingVancouver Conference, we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off Flex and Plus fares for travel within Canada ** into and out of Vancouver. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Travel from: October 21, 2018 to November 10, 2018

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Sponsors

Levels of sponsorship and benefits are spread over five categories but can also be specially customized to fit the prospective sponsor’s awareness and communications objectives. Please inquire about this possibility.

  1. Premier Event Sponsor                           $15,000
  2. Reception Sponsor                                  $10,000
  3. Lunch Sponsor                                        $10,000
  4. Health Break Sponsor                             $5,000
  5. Registration Sponsor                              $5,000
Learn More

For more information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities for the First Nation Directors of Education National Forum, please contact Larry Whiteduck. Telephone: 613.241.6789 ext: 237 Toll-free: 1.866.869.6789 E-mail: [email protected]

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

General Inquiries
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

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First Nations Directors of Education Forum 2019

on September 19, 2018

Embracing our Voice through Holistic Education

The Assembly of First Nations will be holding the First Nation Directors of Education National Forum 2019 on the traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq people at the Halifax Convention Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia, from February 12 to 14, 2019. The First Nation Directors of Education National Forum is an event that brings together over 600 First Nation directors of education, educators, administrative government officials, leaders, and those actively engaged in First Nations education cross Canada. The Forum provides a unique opportunity for participants to gather and share perspectives, engage in critical dialogue, network with each other, and build positive and constructive relationships.

Call for Presentations

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Sponsorship Package

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Registration

To facilitate registration, all participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay.

Please complete the AFN National First Nation Directors of Education National Forum registration form included in this notice and fax it to the Assembly of First Nations, attention Tash Cote at 613-241-5808.

Registration forms and payment must be received by February 1st, 2019 to ensure processing prior to the Assembly. After this date, please register on-site with your payment.

Register On-line Registration Form

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable after February 1st, 2019. An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations.

Onsite Registration

Onsite pre-registration will be held on February 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Halifax Convention Centre. For planning purposes and to avoid line-ups, all delegates are encouraged to pick up badges and USBs.

Fees

Early Bird (Before Jan 15):

  • First Nation Citizen Early Bird: $300.00
  • Observer and Non-Government Organization: $450.00
  • Other Governments: $450.00

Regular (After Jan 15):

  • First Nation Citizen: $400.00
  • Observer and Non-Government Organization: $550.00
  • Other Governments: $550.00
  • Senior Citizen (age 65 and older): $100.00
  • Students (valid student card required): $100.00
  • Presenter: Complimentary
  • Key Note Panelist: Complimentary
  • Elders: Complimentary
  • Elders Council: Complimentary
  • Women’s Council: Complimentary
  • Youth Council: Complimentary
  • Accredited Media: Complimentary
  • Guests: Complimentary
  • Veteran: Complimentary

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274  with any questions regarding registration.

Accomodations

HOST HOTELS:

As host hotels of the AFN First Nation Directors of Education National Forum, The Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax and The Prince George Hotel are offering a special rate for guestrooms. The AFN encourages delegates to make reservations at either hotel in Halifax, NS by the noted deadline to ensure accommodations are available at the price listed below.

Please indicate that you are attending AFN First Nation Directors of Education National Forum when making reservations.

All expenses with respect to attending the AFN First Nation Directors of Education National Forum (K-12 and Post-Secondary Education) including guestroom arrangements are the responsibility of the guest/group to cover and clear upon departure.

Cambridge Suites Hotel

1583 Brunswick Street
Halifax NS B3J 3P5

Book online: https://reservations.travelclick.com/13605?groupID=2356669

Book via phone: 1-800-565-1263. Please reference booking a room under the AFN First Nation Directors of Education

Book via email: [email protected]  Please reference booking a room under the AFN First Nation Directors of Education

Cut-Off date: January 18, 2019

Reserve On-line

Guest Room Cost:

  • Rates are for single or double occupancy each additional adult in the room is $20.00 per night
  • Studio Guests Rooms: $125.00 per room, per night
  • Suites: $150.00 per room, per night

Check-in: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Check-out: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Parking:

  • Self-parking: $22.00 plus taxes, per night

 

The Prince George Hotel

Address: 1725 Market Street
Halifax NS B3J 3N9

Book online: https://reservations.travelclick.com/13608?groupID=2356507

Book via phone: 1-800-565-1567. Please reference booking a room under the AFN First Nation Directors of Education

Book via email: [email protected]. Please reference booking a room under the AFN First Nation Directors of Education

Cut-Off date: January 18, 2019

Reserve On-line

Guest Room Cost:

  • Rates are for single or double occupancy each additional adult in the room is $20.00 per night
  • Deluxe Guest Room: $135.00 per room, per night
  • Crown Service Room: $175.00 per room, per night
  • Prince Suite: $1000.00 per room, per night
  • Crown Floor Suite: $400.00 per room, per night

Check-in: Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Check-out: Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Parking:

  • Self-parking: $24.00 plus taxes, per day
  • Valet: $34.00 plus taxes, per day

Trade Show

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) invites you to participate in the trade show as part of the First Nation Directors of Education National Forum taking place at Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax, NS, from February 12 to 14, 2019.

The Trade Show will bring together education organizations to showcase their products and services to AFN delegates and guests.

If you are interested in securing a booth space at our tradeshow please review and complete the enclosed registration form.

Registration Form

Exhibition Fees 

Standard: $1,260.00 (5% GST included)

All booths will include: 6’ table, one draped display table, two chairs and one exhibitor pass with access to all Forum events. Exhibition fees are non-refundable after February 1, 2019. Prior to that date, a cancellation fee of $100 will apply.

Confirmation: A confirmation receipt of your registration form will be provided to you by email.  An exhibitor kit will be sent to you once available.

Other: Services related to the trade show booth are the responsibility of each exhibitor. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) an exhibitor that is registered and has provided payment, and 2) an exhibitor package of information will be provided with details and instructions on ordering and payment for additional services. AFN is not responsible for accepting or signing for shipments delivered in advance, costs such as: electricity, water, telephone/fax, internet, shipping, storage and handling.

Travel Discounts

*The average cost for a Taxi (one way) from the Halifax Airport to either hotel is $60-70.*

Event Information

Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, First Nations Directors of Education Forum, which will be held February 12 to 14, 2019

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: XTNC9U21

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Halifax, YHZ (NS)
  • The travel period begins February 11, 2019 and ends February 15, 2019.
  • No discount will apply to Basic/Standard fare bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.
  • For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares.

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WestJet

On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel plans. We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming FN Directors of Education National Forum,we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off Flex and Plus fares for travel within Canada ** into and out of Halifax. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Promotion Codes
Coupon code: S77BV72
Promo code: WBB08

Travel from: February 11–15, 2019

Booking details:
To book reservations using this discount code, please advise your delegates and attendees to visit www.westjet.com/conventions. Please note the following information for booking your flight online:

  • The 5% & 10% discount applies to all of our fare products, Econo, Flex and Plus on our entire flight network.
  • The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees and charges are extra.
  • The discount applies to the following travel period: February 11th 2018 to February 15th 2019
  • The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with our code-share, interline or other airline partners.

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Porter

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to HalifaxThe discounted fares are available for travel from February 11th 2019 to February 15th 2019.

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13

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Sponsors

If you are interested in being a sponsor to one of the areas of the AFN National First Nation Directors of Education Forum, please contact Larry Whiteduck at [email protected] or by Tel. 613-241-6789 ext. 237  Toll-free: 1-866-869-6789

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

General Inquiries
Veronica Wemigwans
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 287
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

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Assembly of First Nations Launches Digital Resource for Teachers It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U

on July 16, 2017

June 28, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – The Assembly of First Nations’ digital education resource It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit is now on iTunes U. The free, downloadable package for iPad is a resource for teachers, providing culturally relevant, accessible, hands-on educational tools on First Nation culture and history.

“Education is key to reconciliation because it builds bridges of understanding,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “The It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit will help increase cultural competency and understanding of First Nations’ rights, histories and cultures, developed from First Nations perspectives. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for education to lead Canada’s reconciliation effort, and this Toolkit provides First Nation and non-First Nation learners, teachers, schools, institutions and the Canadian public with a resource that fosters a spirit of cooperation, understanding and, most importantly, action.”

The Toolkit on iPad is a resource for schools and teachers across Canada to ignite interest and encourage action, available on iTunes U and on the iBooks Store.

“One of our goals has been to advocate for education programs that allow teachers to incorporate accurate, culturally sensitive and appropriate Indigenous content in their program delivery,” says Floyd Martens, President of the Canadian School Boards Association.  “We are pleased to be able to promote the new It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit to our school boards, in the hopes that a spirit of education for reconciliation can be achieved through this valuable resource.”

The Canadian Education Association and Canadian Teacher’s Federation also see the value of the Toolkit.

“The Canadian Education Association applauds the AFN for developing the It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit. This comprehensive collection of learning materials will help to support thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators across Canada currently challenged with embedding Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and Worldview learning into their classrooms,” says Roger Paul, CEA Chair.

“I would like to commend the AFN for the production of this valuable comprehensive toolkit on First Nations,” says Canadian Teachers’ Federation President, Heather Smith. “This must-have reference for schools and school boards across the country will become a catalyst for enhanced learning and understanding.”

The Regional Chief for Saskatchewan, Bobby Cameron, holds the education portfolio at the AFN.

“It is important the teachers have the tools available to make their lessons achieve the goal of improving the relationship between Canada and First Nations. Education of history and culture is a crucial component of that,” Regional Chief Bobby Cameron said. “Education is a lifelong learning process and one of our inherent and treaty rights. I look forward to seeing teachers use the It’s Our Time toolkit in my area and across Canada.”

There are 21 modules available through the Toolkit’s iTunes U Course. AFN has currently worked with education technology company Ebou Learning to enhance each module with six interactive textbooks:

  • Cultural Competency
  • First Nations Holistic Lifelong learning Model
  • First Nations Performance Indicators Checklist
  • The KAIROS Blanket Exercise
  • Residential School
  • Role Models

 

The AFN will continue to produce interactive and engaging digital material for the remaining modules. The resources and learning materials can be used for all grades and all teachers, but focus primarily on supporting grade 7-10 students during these important transitional years.

The Toolkit can be downloaded at: https://education.afn.ca/toolkit  

It’s Our Time AFN Education Tool Kit iTunes U course is available, for free, exclusively on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/course/its-our-time-afn-education-tool-kit/id1199604596

 

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information, please contact: 

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 222
343-540-6179 (cell)
[email protected] 

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
[email protected]

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First Nations Directors of Education Forum 2018

on July 12, 2017

Honouring Our Tradition,
Soaring to Our Potential

February 21-22, 2018

Hosted this year on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation in Gatineau, Quebec, the First Nations Directors of Education National Forum is an event that brings together over 800 First Nations directors of education, educators, administrator government officials, leaders, and those actively engaged in the First Nations educational cross Canada. The Forum provides a unique opportunity for participants to gather to share perspectives, to engage in critical dialogue, and to network with each other to build positive and constructive relationships.

Draft Provisional Agenda

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Keynote Speaker Ashley Callingbull

Ashley Callingbull is a Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta. She is very devoted to her culture and people, and takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community Elders and youth.  Ashley is a model, actor, and First Nation’s activist who was the reigning Mrs. Universe 2015, an actor on the television show Blackstone, and a contestant on the Amazing Race Canada in 2016. Ashley has graced the magazine covers of Chatelaine, Dress to Kill and currently writes for Flare Magazine. Ashley is currently the face of Canadian based jeweller Hillberg & Berk 2018 collection. Ashley is also a spokesperson and model for the Nike N7 organization.

Registration

To facilitate registration, all participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay.

Please complete the AFN National First Nation Directors of Education National Forum registration form included in this notice and fax it to the Assembly of First Nations, attention Tash Cote at 613-241-5808.

Registration forms and payment must be received by February 6th, 2018 to ensure processing prior to the Assembly. After this date, please register on-site with your payment.

Register On-line Registration Form

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable after February 6th, 2018. An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations.

Onsite Registration

Onsite pre-registration will be held on February 20th from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.mat the Hilton Lac-Leamy. For planning purposes and to avoid line-ups, all delegates are encouraged to pick up badges and USBs.

Fees

Early Bird (Before Jan 15):

  • First Nation Citizen: $300.00
  • Observer and Non-Government Organization: $450.00

Regular (After Jan 15)

  • First Nation Citizen: $400.00
  • Observer and Non-Government Organization: $550.00
  • Other Governments: $550.00
  • Senior Citizen (age 65 and older): $100.00
  • Students (valid student card required): $100.00
  • Veterans: Complimentary
  • Elders: Complimentary
  • Accredited Media: Complimentary

Pre-Forum Workshop: February 20th, 2018

On Tuesday, February 20th, the day before the official start of the First Nation Directors of Education Forum, join fellow educators for a Pre-Forum workshop. This full-day workshop is free and will give you a chance to dig deeper into four important topics facing First Nation educators today: school attendance; parental and community engagement; building a strong sense of cultural identity; and using data to drive instruction.  The Pre-Forum workshop is expected to sell out fast, so be sure to sign up early.

This interactive workshop will include four of the leading researchers talking about the importance of four topics on First Nations student learning.  For each of the four topics, attendees will actively participate by identifying their values, attitudes and behaviours.  Followed by opportunities for discussion about how you, as education leaders, can update your daily and weekly routines to evoke the necessary changes in your schools, homes and communities that will support holistic, lifelong learning for all students.

Agenda:

9:00 – Traditional Opening; Opening Remarks
9:30 – Topic 1: Importance of School Attendance, Darren Googoo
10:30 – BREAK
11:00 – Topic 2: Impact of Parental and Community Engagement on Student Learning, Dr. Jan Hare
12:00 – LUNCH
1:00 – Topic 3: Building a Strong Sense of Cultural Identity, Tanis Crawford
2:30 – BREAK
3:00 – Topic 4: Using Data to Drive Instruction in the Home, School and Community, Jarrett Laughlin
4:30 – Closing Remarks

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274  with any questions regarding registration.

Accomodations

HOST HOTEL: HILTON LAC LEAMY

As the host hotel of the AFN First Nation Directors of Education National Forum, The Hilton Lac-Leamy is offering a special rate for guestrooms. The AFN encourages delegates to make reservations at The Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, QC by the noted deadline to ensure accommodations are available at the price listed below.

Please indicate that you are attending AFN First Nation Directors of Education National Forum when making reservations.

All expenses with respect to attending the AFN First Nation Directors of Education National Forum (K-12 and Post-Secondary Education) including guestroom arrangements are the responsibility of the guest/group to cover and clear upon departure.

The Hilton Lac-Leamy
3 Boulevard du Casino,
Gatineau-Ottawa QC
J8Y 6X4

Phone: 819-790-6444
Website: www3.hilton.com
Hotel class: 4-star hotel

Cut-Off date:  January 29, 2018

Reservations:

Phone: 1-866-488-7888
Group code: ABQ

Reserve On-line

Guest Rooms:

  • Classic Deluxe Guest Room: $175.00 per room, per night $25.00 additional person
  • Executive Guest Rooms: $215.00 per room, per night, $40.00 additional person.

Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 12pm

Parking:

  • Self-parking: Free (Parking Lot)
  • Valet: C$20.00 plus taxes, per day

 

 

RAMADA PLAZA: LE MANOIR DU CASINO

ROOMS: 

  2018-02-19 2018-02-20 2018-02-21
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds – ROH 103 103 103
Bi-Level Suite – Non smoking 10 10 10


ROOM RATE PER NIGHT:

  Single Double Triple Quadruple
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds – ROH $165 $175 $185 $195
Bi-Level Suite – Non smoking $189 $199 $209 $219

 

Above guestroom rates are not commissionable and do not include applicable
taxes (5% GST, 9.975% PST and 3.50% per night per room lodging tax).

Cut-Off date:  February 9, 2018

Reservations:

Phone: 1-800-296-9046
Group code: CGA499
Check-In Time: 4:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM
The parking is free

Trade Show

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) invites you to participate in trade show as part of the First Nation Directors of Education National Forum taking place at Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel and Casino, Gatineau, QC on February 20, 21, and 22, 2018.

The Trade Show will bring together education organizations to showcase their products and services to AFN delegates and guests.

If you are interested in securing a booth space at our tradeshow please review and complete the enclosed registration form.

Registration Form

Exhibition Fees 

Standard – $1,260.00 (5% GST included)

All booths will include: 6’ table, one draped display table; two chairs and one exhibitor pass with access to all Forum events. Exhibition fees are non-refundable after February 12th, 2018. Prior to that date, a cancelation fee of $100 will apply.

Confirmation
A confirmation of the receipt of your registration form will be provided to you by email.  An exhibitor kit will be sent to you once available.

Other
Services related to the trade show booth are the responsibility of each exhibitor.  This includes, but is not limited an exhibitor that is registered and has provided payment, an exhibitor package of information will be provided with details and instructions on ordering and payment for additional services. AFN is not responsible for accepting or signing for shipments delivered in advance, to, costs such as:  electricity, water, telephone/fax, internet, shipping, storage and handling.

Travel Discounts

*The average cost for a Taxi (one way) from the Ottawa Airport to the Hilton Casino Lac-Leamy is $45.00.*

Event Information
Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, First Nations Directors of Education Forum, which will be held February 20 to 22, 2018

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: 8FQHMX91

Applicable Rules
• The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
• The travel period begins February 19 2018 and ends February 23 2018.
• No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

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WestJet
Thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel needs. WestJet is pleased to offer you a 10% discount on applicable fares by utilizing coupon code UFUHOA5 with our simple online booking process. The discount is valid across WestJet’s extensive network for flights in to and out of Ottawa.

Booking details
To book reservations using this discount code, please advise your delegates and attendees to visit www.westjet.com; travel agents may visit www.westjet.com/agentweblink to book. Please note the following information for booking your flight online:

– Coupon code must be entered at the time of booking – on the first step of a reservation using the Book a flight widget on westjet.com.
– The 10% discount applies to all of our fare products, Econo, Flex and Plus on our entire flight network.
– The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees and charges are extra.
– The discount applies to the following travel period: February 19th 2018 to February 23rd 2018
– The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with our code-share, interline or other airline partners.

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Porter
Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Ottawa. The discounted fares are available for travel from February 19th to 23th 2018.

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.

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Via Rail Canada
This will confirm VIA Rail Canada’s participation as a major ground transportation company for your “First Nations Directors of Education Forum”

We are pleased to be a participant and would like to thank you for including VIA Rail Canada.

The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

VALID: February 19th to 23rd 2018
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
DISCOUNT: 5% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class fares.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the Assembly of First Nations’ VIA corporate discount code: 810994.

Sponsors

Levels of sponsorship and benefits are spread over seven categories but can also be specially customized to fit the prospective sponsor’s awareness and communications objectives.  Please inquire about this possibility.

  1. Premier Event Sponsor                           $50,000
  2. Gold Sponsor                                          $30,000
  3. Silver Sponsor                                         $25,000
  4. Bronze Sponsor                                       $20,000
  5. Registration Sponsor                               $15,000
  6. Forum Program Sponsor                         $10,000
  7. Forum Coffee Break Sponsor                  $5,000
Learn More

If you are interested in being a sponsor to one of the areas of the AFN National First Nation Directors of Education Forum, please contact George Rogerson at [email protected] or by Tel. 819.827.5168/Toll-free: 1.866.775.1816.

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

General Inquiries
Dakota Edwards
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 225
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

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14-2016 Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

on May 19, 2017

TITLE: Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

SUBJECT: Education

MOVED BY: Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON

SECONDED BY: Chief Don Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, ON

DECISION Carried by Consensus

WHEREAS: A. In 2017, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) in partnership with TAP Resources will host the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education,

A. Celebration of Indigenous Resilience, July 24-29, 2017 in Toronto.

B. The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) is the largest venue for Indigenous education in the world attracting over 4,000 Indigenous delegates.

C. WIPCE provides significant opportunity to strengthen cultural resilience, inspire cultural fluency among First Nation Youth and build understanding across cultures.

D. Truth and reconciliation is a growing international movement and presentations at WIPCE 2017 will address the status of the reconciliation in Canada and other countries.

E. WIPCE 2017, A Celebration of Resilience, will also examine the role and impacts of Indigenous knowledge and languages in reconciliation thereby providing unique opportunities to profile and share Indigenous peoples education issues and successes in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly: 1. Provide full support to the WIPCE 2017 Host Committee in their pursuits of sponsorship for this historic celebration of Indigenous resilience.

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Angie Turner14-2016 Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

14-2016 Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

on May 19, 2017

TITLE: Support for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education 2017

SUBJECT: Education

MOVED BY: Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON

SECONDED BY: Chief Don Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, ON

DECISION Carried by Consensus

WHEREAS:

A. In 2017, as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) in partnership with TAP Resources will host the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, A Celebration of Indigenous Resilience, July 24-29, 2017 in Toronto.

B. The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) is the largest venue for Indigenous education in the world attracting over 4,000 Indigenous delegates.

C. WIPCE provides significant opportunity to strengthen cultural resilience, inspire cultural fluency among First Nation Youth and build understanding across cultures.

D. Truth and reconciliation is a growing international movement and presentations at WIPCE 2017 will address the status of the reconciliation in Canada and other countries.

E. WIPCE 2017, A Celebration of Resilience, will also examine the role and impacts of Indigenous knowledge and languages in reconciliation thereby providing unique opportunities to profile and share Indigenous peoples education issues and successes in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:

1. Provide full support to the WIPCE 2017 Host Committee in their pursuits of sponsorship for this historic celebration of Indigenous resilience.

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39-2016 First Nations National Working Group on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

on May 7, 2017

TITLE: First Nations National Working Group on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

SUBJECT: Education

MOVED BY: Chief Maureen Chapman, Skawahlook First Nation, BC

SECONDED BY: Chief David Crate, Fisher River Cree Nation, MB

DECISION Carried by Consensus

WHEREAS:

A. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

  • Article 21: Indigenous peoples have the right, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions, including, inter alia, in the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security.

B. The 2016 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report also urges the federal government as part of its reconciliation agenda to work with Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for young children and their families.

C. In November 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to launch consultations with provinces and territories and Indigenous Peoples on a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework as a first step towards delivering affordable, high-quality, flexible and fully inclusive child care..

D. A March 2016 budget commitment of $100 million for Indigenous communities beginning in 2017-18 provides First Nations with an unprecedented opportunity to identify priorities, strategies and actions for improving access to quality early childhood and other family strengthening supports while developing First Nations capacity to re-assume control of early childhood and child care pursuant to their inherent and human rights.

E. Few early childhood development and child care policies have been created by the federal government since the mid-1990’s. Policies to support young First Nations children and families are in valuable and have the potential to transform the lives of children, families and communities. However, the lack of a comprehensive policy or funding approach has resulted in limited and unequal access to programs and comprised the quality and effectiveness of those programs. Yet there is increasing scientific evidence from the United States regarding the effectiveness of quality ECD programs in increasing high school graduation rates and improved health outcomes, reduced incidence of substance abuse, and fewer criminal arrests among children who attended these programs.

F. A strong policy approach supported by First Nations leadership and informed by community and stakeholders from health, early childhood education, child and family services and education, offers a real opportunity to transform and shape early childhood development, education and care policies to ensure First Nations children aged from birth to six years and their families are supported to achieve optimal health, development and well-being.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:
1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), National Chief and Executive Committee to obtain funding from Canada to immediately establish a national expert working group on Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC), comprised of experts from across disciplines of health, education, child and family services and early childhood, with a mandate to oversee a 4-6 month community engagement process that would identify and confirm the key principles, priorities and actions of a First Nations ELCC framework along with an action plan that takes into account regional priorities, needs and circumstances.

2. Request the AFN National Chief and Executive Committee to:

  • Strongly advocate in writing to Ministers Bennett and Duclos for a separate First Nations ELCC framework and funding stream; and
  • Collaborate with the federal government on an accountability framework to ensure current and future investments in early learning and child care reach the children and families who need them.

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Education

on November 29, 2016

Education

Celebrating the present and transforming the future through equitable and sustainable First Nations education

First Nations Control of First Nations Education

First Nations first published the concept of “Indian Control of Indian Education” in 1972. In 2010 the Chiefs in Assembly endorsed the updated and adapted document First Nations Control of First Nations Education as an AFN policy document.

At the 2016 AFN Annual General Assembly Resolution 16/2016 mandated the AFN to enter into an honourable process to develop recommendations to support First Nations Education Reform. Following this mandate, First Nations – Government of Canada Terms of Reference for Joint Collaboration was created and adopted in November 2016.

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First Nation Directors of Education Forum 2019

February 13-14, 2019 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

The First Nations Directors of Education National Forum is an event that brings together over 800 First Nations directors of education, educators, administrator government officials, leaders, and those actively engaged in the First Nations educational cross Canada. The Forum provides a unique opportunity for participants to gather to share perspectives, to engage in critical dialogue, and to network with each other to build positive and constructive relationships.

Learn More 2019 Save the Date 2019

JOINT TASK TEAMS

To provide specialist advice regarding various aspects of regional First Nations education, five joint national Task Teams were established, including: Funding Mechanisms, Statutory Funding Framework, Early Childhood Education, Post-Secondary Education, Measurement and Mutual Accountability. In 2017 two more national Task Teams will be added to focus on Infrastructure and the unique needs of Northern and Remote Communities.

Each Task Team is incorporating regional First Nations frames of reference in all discussion in order that all developments are steeped in and build on existing regional systems that honour the diversity and autonomy of First Nations across Canada.

The Joint Task Teams focus on the following areas and are mandated by Operational Terms:

 

Recommendations

The Joint Task Teams meet regularly to develop recommendations for education reform. From there recommendations are moved through the joint process for collaboration.

Joint Process for Collaboration

Memorandum to Cabinet

Budget 2016 and the Joint Collaborative Process are a unique opportunity to transform the way that First Nations education is funded.

For more information please review:

Memorandum to Cabinet Presentation
Transforming First Nations Education Policy Proposal
AFN Bulletin on Regional Education Agreements for First Nations Education K-12, September 2018

Education Staff

Janice Ciavaglia
Director


Veronica Wemigwans
Executive Assistant


Julie Williams
Sr. R&P Analyst


Jarrett Laughlin
Special Advisor


Dakota Edwards
Policy Analyst


Vaughn Sunday
Sr. Policy Analyst


Renee St. Germain
Sr. Policy Analyst


Cheyenne Nicholas
Administrative Assistant


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Heroes of Our Time Scholarships 2015

on March 24, 2015

ATTENTION: AFN would like to announce that deadline has been extended for the Heroes of Our Time (HOOT) 2015 scholarship in the category of Medicine (Robert Smallboy Award).  The new deadline is now TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015.

Note that this deadline extension only applies to the Medicine (Robert Smallboy Award) category.

HOOT 2015 Application Package

Since 1988/1989 the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has sponsored the Heroes of Our Time scholarships to recognize the hard work, dedication and academic achievements of First Nations post-secondary students who demonstrate excellence in a variety of categories. The scholarships are divided into eight categories that represent eight First Nations heroes and academic disciplines, each with a value of $2,000. The scholarships are made possible through the sponsorship of the RBC Foundation.

The Heroes of Our Time scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for the AFN to acknowledge and celebrate the success of First Nations students in achieving their educational goals. It gives us great satisfaction to know that we are helping those who hold the future of First Nations in their hands.

The deadline for submitting applications to the Heroes of Our Time scholarship will be March 1, 2015. Applications must include a completed application form, 1,500 word essay, official transcript, two (2) reference letters, and proof of First Nations ancestry.

The essay should outline why you should receive the Heroes of Our Time scholarship. Be sure to include reasons why you chose your field of study, various accomplishments, future career plans, interests, volunteer and community work with any First Nations community or organization.

It is strongly encouraged that the letters of reference are included in your application package to ensure they arrive on time. Please include names and contact information for your two references as well.

Applicants are only eligible for one category. Applications with more than one category selected will be considered ineligible.

Only official transcripts will be accepted. No photocopies or faxed copies. All application packages can be sent to:

HOOT Scholarship Awards Selection Committee
Assembly of First Nations
55 Metcalfe St., Suite 1600
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5

OR they can be faxed to (613) 241-5808. Official transcripts must still be mailed.

 

 

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