WestCAST 2018
Contemporary Classrooms as Complex Spaces

Speakers and Performers

 Feb. 21-23, 2018, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg


Keynote Speakers:

photo of Paige Fisher

Paige Fisher

Paige Fisher, a professor at Vancouver Island University, refers to herself as a ‘scholar-practitioner’ because her research and inquiry is deeply embedded in her teaching practice at the university and across diverse learning settings. Her research interests include teacher education, the emotional impacts of assessment practices, formative assessment, education transformation and system change, culturally responsive pedagogy and schooling in rural and international contexts.  Current research projects include the 6 Campus Communities of Pedagogical Inquiry Project, a learning partnership among the BC Ministry of Education, six BC Faculties of Education, and school districts across the province.  The aims of the project are to use the implementation of BC’s redesigned curriculum as a change catalyst for practicing teachers, teacher candidates and teacher educators as they engage together in school-based change processes.

Paige is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Educational Leadership at VIU and is very active on a number of advisory boards such the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Nacu Mat Tatalut (Collaborative Professional Learning for SD 68 Nanaimo/Ladysmith) and the provincial Rural Education Advisory. She also serves as a regional network facilitator for the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation and the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network and as an advisor and critical friend to School District #84 (Vancouver Island West), School District #64 (Gulf Islands) and the BC Rural & Multi-grade Teachers’ Association.


Pauline Clarke

Pauline Clarke has been chief superintendent of Winnipeg School Division (WSD) since 2008. Prior to that, she held several senior-administration WSD positions, including 18 years as the superintendent of schools, inner-city district. She trained as a teacher in England and has worked in WSD as a teacher, vice-principal and principal prior to her work in the division's senior administration.

Clarke has served on many community boards and committees reflecting her passion and commitment to meeting the needs of students and families. These include the Premier’s Advisory Council on Education and Poverty and the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Presently, she is a member of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, a table officer of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the University of Manitoba Advisory Committee on Indigenous Achievement, Mayor Brian Bowman’s Winnipeg Promise Initiative, and the C21 Canada CEO Academy: Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation. She holds a master of education degree in educational administration.
In 2005,  Clarke was recognized by the YMCA-YWCA as Winnipeg’s Woman of Distinction for her service to education, training and development, and in 2012 was awarded the Order of Manitoba in recognition of her work in education.


Dr. Niigaan James Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle magazine's “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and one of the CBC Manitoba’s “Top Forty Under Forty.” He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like The Globe and Mail and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2018.

Featured Manitoba Performers:

Renée Lamoureux

Renée Lamoureux

Award-winning artist Renée Lamoureux is a Canadian bilingual Métis singer-songwriter. Receiving the 2016 Female Artist of the Year Award at the Manitoba Country Music Awards, Renée garnered several nominations in 2017 (earning Best Country Album at the Indigenous Music Awards and Manitoba Country Music Association). Her latest album Dare to be You is full of positive messages. Renée gained exposure through her success as part of the Canadian duo Keith and Renee. Launching eight albums during her music career, Renée has toured across North America over a decade. She is admired for her philanthropy work with WE Charity (Free the Children). Renee was born in Île-des-Chênes, located 30 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, and wrote her first song at the age 10 when her Grade 5 teacher assigned the class to write a song and perform it live to their parents.

William Prince

William Prince

William Prince is a Canadian folk and country singer-songwriter who won the Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2017 for his debut album Earthly Days. A member of the Peguis First Nation from Manitoba, he performed as a solo artist, and alongside Vince Fontaine and Don Amero in the band Indian City, before releasing Earthly Days in 2015. Prince won a Western Canadian Music Award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year in 2016, and received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the 12th Canadian Folk Music Awards. The album was a double Juno Award nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the 2017 Juno Awards.

Student Performers:

Highbury School Orff Ensemble
Highbury School, Louis Riel School Division
Music Teacher: Sean Fitzmaurice

Jazz Junction
Glenlawn Collegiate Institute
Louis Riel School Division
Music Teacher: Rob Monson

Vocal and Percussion Ensemble
Technical Vocational High School
Winnipeg School Division
Music Teacher: Jerry Semchyshyn

Showcase Dance Ensemble
Grant Park High School
Winnipeg School Division
Dance Teacher: Kayla Koppens

Grand Rapids Fiddlers
Grand Rapids School
Frontier School Division
Music Teacher: Daria Watkin

Visual Arts Slide Show:

Select Student Works
Inner City Schools
Winnipeg School Division

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