2017 MSLA SAGE Conference & Canadian School Library’s Treasure Mountain 5 Symposium


Large Turtle Log Sharpie Bold2017 SAGE Con­fer­ence: Truth in Our Sto­ries: Seek­ing a Path to Reconciliation


What is the truth about the his­tory of Indige­nous peo­ple in Canada? What does rec­on­cil­i­a­tion mean to you?  What can you do to redress the legacy of res­i­den­tial schools and the wrongs that have been com­mit­ted against Canada’s first peo­ples?  These are just three of the many ques­tions the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion of Canada chal­lenges all Cana­di­ans to learn more about, con­tem­plate and act upon in their final TRC report, Hon­our­ing the Truth, Rec­on­cil­ing for the Future (2015).

As edu­ca­tors, we all have a tremen­dous role to play in the reshap­ing of the Indige­nous nar­ra­tive in this coun­try.  What we say and do in our schools on a daily basis has an incred­i­ble impact on how our Indige­nous stu­dents feel about them­selves and how oth­ers per­ceive them. Regard­less of whether you teach or work in a gen­eral class­room or library, you are a spe­cial­ist, an infor­ma­tion spe­cial­ist, a tech­nol­ogy coor­di­na­tor or a school admin­is­tra­tor, the Man­i­toba School Library Asso­ci­a­tion invites you to learn more about our first peo­ples — their his­tory, cul­ture, lan­guage, spir­i­tu­al­ity and the legacy effects of res­i­den­tial schools in Canada — at the MSLA’s annual SAGE con­fer­ence on Fri­day, Octo­ber 20, 2017 at Fort Rich­mond Collegiate.

The MSLA’s SAGE plan­ning com­mit­tee has brought together an all Indige­nous list of pre­sen­ters who will tell their sto­ries through text, speech, music, art, sto­ry­telling, dance and film.  Keynote speaker is author, Melanie Flo­rence, win­ner of the 2016 TD Children’s Lit­er­a­ture Award for her book, Miss­ing Nimama, a pic­ture book that speaks to the tragedy of miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women.  Melanie is also the author of sev­eral books for mid­dle school stu­dents with Indige­nous themes includ­ing He Who Dreams and one non-fiction book, Right­ing Canada’s Wrongs: Res­i­den­tial Schools.

Regard­less of where you are on your rec­on­cil­i­a­tion jour­ney, this con­fer­ence will chal­lenge you to think deeply and help you to con­nect or recon­nect with the Indige­nous peo­ples of Canada.
Head Shot Florence

Florence books


Trea­sure Moun­tain Canada 5 School Library Learn­ing Com­mons National Symposium

The MSLA  is also pleased to announce that in addi­tion to our annual SAGE con­fer­ence we will be host­ing a national school library sym­po­sium, Trea­sure Moun­tain 5 (TMC5) which begins imme­di­ately after the SAGE con­fer­ence and runs through to Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21st.  Par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter to attend either event but we hope that you will con­sider reg­is­ter­ing for both.  Any­one reg­is­ter­ing for both events will receive a free tour of the Cana­dian Museum for Human Rights.

TMC5 is an oppor­tu­nity for teacher-librarians, school library sup­port staff and admin­is­tra­tors to reflect on the lat­est in school library learn­ing com­mons research as it per­tains to cul­ti­vat­ing cul­tur­ally respon­sive spaces in schools across Canada. Pre­vi­ous Trea­sure Moun­tain events in Canada have been held in Edmon­ton, Ottawa, Vic­to­ria and Toronto.   Find out more and explore past events and papers on the CSL web­site.http://tmc.canadianschoollibraries.ca/


Fri­day night’s keynote speaker for the Win­nipeg event is Karen Boyd, Assis­tant Super­in­ten­dent for Edu­ca­tional Pro­gram­ming in the River East Transcona School Divi­sion.   Saturday’s keynote speaker is We  Camille Cal­li­son, chair of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Library Association’s Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mit­tee and lead writer of their Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Report and Rec­om­men­da­tions.   Top­ics to be explored include the learn­ing envi­ron­ment, instruc­tional approaches, learn­ing part­ner­ships and lever­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate cul­tur­ally reflec­tive and respon­sive school library learn­ing commons.

For more infor­ma­tion about TMC5  and how to sub­mit a paper, see the post on this MSLA web­site or visit the Cana­dian School Library web­site.

Sched­ule of Events:

Fri­day, Octo­ber 20MSLA SAGE Con­fer­ence: Truth in Our Sto­ries: Seek­ing a Path to Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, 8:45 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Rich­mond Col­le­giate, 99 Kil­lar­ney Ave., Win­nipeg (lunch provided)

Fri­day, Octo­ber 20 — Tour of CMHR 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm (trans­porta­tion provided)

Fri­day, Octo­ber 20 —  TMC5 Kick-off Din­ner and Keynote, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pem­bina Hwy., Winnipeg

Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21TMC5 Sym­po­sium: Cul­tur­ally Rel­e­vant and Respon­sive School Library Learn­ing Com­mons, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pem­bina Hwy., Win­nipeg (break­fast and lunch provided)


Watch for upcom­ing details on how to reg­is­ter for one or both events on the Man­i­toba School Libraries web­site, the Cana­dian School Libraries web­site and/or the Man­i­toba Teach­ers’ Soci­ety’s website.

Early bird rates expire Octo­ber 1, 2017 so don’t delay.

 topics TMC5