Our Vision:
Full Circle for Indigenous Education seeks to enrich the learning and growth of people in Manitoba to support the reclamation of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being.

Our Name

Full Circle for Indigenous Education is a name that speaks of our Spirit partners, and the gifts and capacities that are developed as a life form matures. Through learning and challenge, wisdom is accumulated from all parts of the journey, and finally that life form comes home to remembering who she is, and why she is here. This name has been independently received from two different Grandmothers and has been gratefully honoured in Ceremony and has been Feasted.

Our Intentions: To Learn, To Grow, To Reclaim

It is our intention to support learning in regard to history, culture, language, Indigenous pedagogy and Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being. Through that learning, the growth of the whole person is supported, and the full story of our shared history is acknowledged. Within that growth, we move closer to reclaiming lost aspects of self, family, community and healthy relationships with ourselves and all that surrounds.

Photo by Pahan Pte San Win

Our Beliefs

  • All children are a gift from Creator to be nurtured and cherished as they become well-rounded members of society. All children thrive in a learning environment that addresses their traditions, culture, interests, needs, and diversity.

  • Learning flourishes when Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators demonstrate respect, reciprocity, relationship and responsibility for each other.

  • The inclusion of traditional teachings, worldviews, history and, oral traditions within educational practice strengthens learning and understanding of Indigenous culture, language and tradition.

  • Learning is enhanced in an educational system that promotes, validates, and utilizes what Indigenous educators bring to the education system.

  • Everyone has a right and a responsibility to address the issues, challenges, and interests of Indigenous students and educators.

  • Indigenous education is for all people, not just for Indigenous students and educators. Education and curricula are tools that facilitate understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of the past, present, and future contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Our Symbol and Partner

As an Indigenous organization, we have sought support and partnership from the Spirit World through Ceremony and listening to guidance. A Red Tree in a Circle with a Blue Background stepped forward and offered 3 concepts that would be our foundation, and the ground from which all intentions and actions are to spring.

  • The Red of the Tree represents the Red Day when the Sun is out, and the Blue of the background represents the Blue Day when the Moon is out. They also represent the Physical and Spiritual Worlds. We wish to honour both Worlds in our work.

  • The Three Roots hold the concepts: ‘To Learn,’ ‘To Grow’ and ‘To Reclaim’.

  • The Circle holds the inclusion of all perspectives, all nations of life, all parts of the Medicine Wheel, and speaks of the development of the whole person: Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit. It carries a balanced vision of Indigenous Education that includes culture, connection, community, and curriculum.

  • The Tap Root in this image speaks of the resilience of this organization and for those who care for her to dig deep to always ‘do what is right’.

Thank-you to All Nations Print for the beautiful logo design.

Our Circle Family

Our Council and Working Group work to make decisions by consensus, in relationship with Spirit, and with guidance from our Council’s Grandmother.

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Council
Grandmother

Pahan PteSanWin is a Red River Métis citizen from the Klyne and Paul families of Willowbunch, Saskatchewan. Pahan, co-chairs the University of Manitoba’s Respectful Rematriation and Repatriation Ceremony, along with Drs. Lara rosenoff Gauvin and Cary Miller. From three decades of work as a counselling therapist to Indian Residential School survivors and their families, and in the role of Elder at Stony Mountain Institution and Grandmother at the Manitoba Youth Centre, Pahan is knowledgeable about the consequences of trauma that require courage and effort to heal. In 2016, Full Circle awarded Pahan the “Honouring Our Elders Award”. She is currently in doctoral studines in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba after completing a Master of Social Work degree based on Indigenous Knowledges. www. Bearpawtipi.ca

Renee McGurry (2021)

Member of
Council

Renée McGurry is presently working for the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) government as the ‘Earth Lodge Development Helper’. She also works as a support teacher and workshop facilitator for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. She is a member of Treaty 2, Pinaymootang Reserve in Northern Manitoba. She retired from St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg in 2016. In her 35 years as an educator, she has worked as the Indigenous Education Coordinator for the school division. She has been recognized by Manitoba Education as one of their ‘Aboriginal Educators of the Month’ and has been the recipient of the ‘Trailblazer/Lifetime Achievement’ award from the Aboriginal Circle of Educators in 2013. Renée is presently on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations ‘Live Different’ and the ‘Indigenous Circle of Educators’. As a former colleague stated, “Renée McGurry has been guiding the journey of many, who collectively will have a profound effect on Indigenous youth and educators for years to come.”

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Council
Co-Chair

Marika Schalla, Waabishkaanakwadikwe – White Cloud Woman, is a Red River Metis and Anishinaabe award-winning educator, curriculum developer, author, workshop facilitator and mother of two from Treaty One Land. Marika grew up in Winnipeg’s North End and spent most of her childhood in her family’s home community of Saint Laurent, Manitoba. Marika has an inherit passion for Indigenous education. Marika is a dedicated teacher who is continuously learning and growing in her practice. In 2022, Marika was the recipient of Indspire’s Guiding the Journey award for Innovative Practice. In early 2023, Marika was marked as Indigenous Educator of the month by the Government of Manitoba. In the summer of 2023, Marika’s debut children’s book Stella Welcome to Your Doodem was released.

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Member of
Council

Mona is Métis from the Red River. She grew up in the French community of LaBroquerie, MB. She is a 6th year high school Social Studies teacher in the Division Scolaire Franco Manitobaine (DSFM). Mona served as Vice-president for l’Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba from the years of 2014-2017, and then began representing Full Circle on the Indigenous Inclusive Directorate Advisory Council. She has worked on French Indigenous pedagogy activities for ACELF and AEFM, and was an advisor for the French curriculum of Grade 12 Current Topics in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies course. Mona strongly believes in continuation education and is currently enrolled in her post-bac at the University of Manitoba.

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Council
Co-Chair

Lucy Delgado, PhD, is a Two-Spirit Métis woman, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and an active member of the Two-Spirit Michif Local of the Manitoba Métis Federation. Her family were Sinclairs, Cummings, Prudens, some of whom took scrip in St Andrews and St Johns, and she also has other family and ancestors from Red River, Oxford House, Norway House, and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, and settler family from Ireland and the Orkney Islands. Lucy is a community organizer, and co-founder of the Mamawi Project, a grassroots Métis collective dedicated to virtual knowledge mobilization and creating kinship-building opportunities for Métis young people across the diaspora. She also serves on several boards, including the board of directors of Two-Spirit Manitoba. Lucy is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba, with a research and teaching focus on Métis youth identity, Indigenous education, queer theory, hip-hop pedagogies, and youth cultures.

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Member of
Council

Mike Johnston is a proud Métis Public School Teacher, Indigenous Education and Land Based Learning Specialist. Born and raised in Treaty One territory, he has adventured through his education career, being named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and working with both the National Geographic education department and the National Film Board of Canada, among others. Mike is also a champion slam poet, poetry education advocate and author of the best selling educational resource book; You Are Poetry – How to see and grow the poet in your students and yourself. 

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Council
Past Chair

Jennifer is a non-Indigenous educator and helper, who is committed to offering and supporting experiences that bring people together and nourish the heart. Her life has been immeasurably enriched through 25 years of walking in community.

Jen worked for 15 years in various areas of K-8 education, including 11 years as a Student Services Teacher.  These years awakened her attention to the colonial-driven inequities, visible and invisible burdens experienced by Indigenous students and families.

A ‘healer-type’ at heart, Jen worked to create safer spaces at school, and more honest dialogue among colleagues and with families. Since moving from Education to a private healing practice, Jen brings her care for Indigenous Education to Full Circle. 

Kayla Murphy

Member of
Council

Dr. Kayla Murphy is Anishinaabekwe and Turtle Clan, from Bkejwanong Territory. Kayla is a leader in Indigenous Education and is presently working on the traditional territory of ‎the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee First Nations, situated on the Haldimand Tract. In her current role, Kayla broadly supports and advances the mandate of leading Indigenization and decolonization strategies at her institution and supports the Indigenous Faculty community, being a contact point for the overall Faculty community, supporting the Indigenous Advisory Circle, and managing various Indigenous initiatives. Kayla is responsible for a variety of Indigenization efforts in various areas of Post-secondary Education and is an Eagle Feather Recipient for her contributions in Indigenous Education. She has held many roles in Indigenous Education from Early Years to Post-Secondary. Author of Improving Educational Opportunities by Weaving Indigenous Knowledge into the Academy from an Indigenous Perspective, Kayla has recently graduated with a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Western University.

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Member of
Council

Ben Nein is a Métis teacher in Seven Oaks School Division.  A teacher since 2005, they have been walking with community and working to decolonize their thinking and teaching since 2015. To further that, Ben has begun work on a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning with a focus on helping schools have the important conversations with their Indigenous community members and non-Indigenous teachers about how to enact education for reconciliation. They work to create space for Indigenous Ways-of-Coming-to-Knowing and Indigenous voice, and seek to bridge Western and Indigenous ways of teaching and learning to reach towards Elder Albert Marshall’s idea of “Two-Eyed Seeing.”

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Social Media
Manager

Carlie is an Anishinaabekwe with community ties to Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation). Carlie currently holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the University of Manitoba, and is currently in her 3rd year of law. Carlie assists Full Circle for Indigenous Education as a contracted project assistant helping in the areas of social media and administration.