Jacob Pitawanakwat - Presenter

Program Manager
Innovations for Learning Canada

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Jacob’s determination to improve his own career opportunities naturally led him to want to help other youth to achieve their goals.

While supply teaching in Wiikwemkoong, Jacob learned that a not-for-profit agency would be established within the board. Innovations for Learning (IFL) provides a unique educational support system for teachers by providing individualized classroom instruction and web-based face-to-face learning.

During that first year working with a school in Wiikwemkoong, the program saw incredible results. 74% of SK students who continued working with Jacob through the pandemic achieved grade-level reading proficiency by the end of the summer, compared to less than 6% the year before.

Now a program manager with the organization, Jacob continues his work in the spirit of innovation, developing technology programs, identifying literacy challenges in Indigenous schools and designing learning systems that meet the needs of communities.
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Jacob Pitawanakwat's Sessions

Plenary Session

Learning Bird

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Vendors Questions and Answers.

*Door Prize Give Away (Donation from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library)
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 9:40 am - 10:00 am
Plenary Session

Opening Prayer – Mike Mitchell, Knowledge Keeper

Opening remarks – Dr. Paulette Tremblay

Master of Ceremony – Simon Brascoupé

Keynote speakers:

Taiaiake Alfred, Author and Educator, Kahnawa:ke, QC

Panel speakers - Champions of Change; Honouring Resiliency

- Darren Googoo, Director of Education, Membertou First Nation

- Maureen Johns, Director of Education, Pasqua First Nation #79

- Davin Dumas, Director of Language and Culture, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre

- Chief Emily Whetung, Curve Lake First Nation

Announcements and Message from Khrystyna Orobets, MNP
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Plenary Session

Greenfield Learning – Arthur Lin

FlagHouse – Matt Milligan

Kajeet - Celeste Lee and Joe Rocca

Vendors Questions and Answers.

*Door Prize Give Away (FlagHouse donation of sports equipment)
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
Plenary Session

Concordia University – Veronica Lefebvre

Dadavan Systems – Justin Moore

Indigenous Futures in Engineering at Queen's University - Melanie Howard

Vendors Questions and Answers

*Door Prize Give Away
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm
Workshop

3:00 - 3:45pm, Opaskwayak Education Services’ student-centered response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bev Fontaine

3:45 - 4:30 pm, Forest Kindergarten; Land-Based Learning, Joyce and Brenda Germain and,
Reading Through the Pandemic: Inspiring Change and Building Resiliency with Online Literacy Tutoring, Jacob Pitawanakwat and Fabrice Grover
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Plenary Session

Moderator Introduction of Vendors.

Manon Lamontagne, FNEAA Vice President, Human Resources and Services, Moderator.

First Nations Housing Professionals Association – David Assinewai

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada – Anne-Marie Cenaiko

Vendors Questions and Answers.
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 9:40 am - 10:00 am
Plenary Session

Opening Prayer – Mike Mitchell, Knowledge Keeper

Opening remarks – Darren Googoo, Chair of the Board, FNEAA

Keynote speaker - Terry Goodtrack, President & CEO, AFOA Canada
Message from Darrell Wellington, Syntronic
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Plenary Session

Announcement of Vendor Passport Draw
Date: October 28, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm