Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs – Annual report for 2018
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is pleased to present its annual report for 2018.
This year’s report is dedicated to Gwendolyn Doris Merrick (Seewaskosi Iskwew – Sweetgrass Woman).
April 15, 1948 – February 14, 2018
The late Gwen Merrick was born in Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. She was a wife, mother, sister, aunt, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. Gwen attended Brandon University, where she completed her Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Education. She graduated with her Master of Education from the University of Manitoba.
Gwen was involved in First Nations education for over 40 years as a teacher, counsellor, and manager. Her extensive service also included forays into the provincial and federal government systems. Gwen considered herself extremely privileged to have worked with many First Nation leaders over the years. So many of our First Nation students were extremely fortunate to have been taught by Gwen. She utilized that expertise and sharing of that knowledge to be one of the founders to create the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) where she served as the Director of Research and Development and became the Associate Executive Director.
A true visionary, Gwen was passionate about lifelong learning and holistic well-being of First Nations children and students. A strong believer in First Nations tradition and ceremonies, she ensured that Elders and knowledge keepers were involved in providing guidance for the ongoing development of the MFNERC, regionally and nationally.
You can download a PDF copy of the report here: AMC Annual Report 2018