By Maggie Macintosh Local Journalism Initiative Reporter WINNIPEG FREE PRESS An increasing number of education leaders in Manitoba are inviting elders and traditional knowledge keepers into K-12 buildings in small acts of reconciliation playing out across the public school system in the annual lead-up to Sept. 30 and throughout the year. More than 13 years ago, Seven Oaks School Division asked Anishinaabe elder Mary Courchene if she would accept the formal title of elder-in-residence to recognize her contributions. The career teacher, who grew up on Sagkeeng First Nation, did not have to think twice. “I owed this to my children, for the love of my children and all the young brown faces I used to see in the classroom. they were my colour of brown,” Courchene said, of what motivated
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