Event Date/Time: Nov 24, 2006 End Date/Time: Nov 24, 2006
Registration Date: Nov 20, 2006
Early Registration Date: Oct 03, 2006
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Nahanni Fontaine

Nahanni Fontaine (Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation) is currently Southern Chiefs’ Organization Director of Justice. Ms. Fontaine has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Winnipeg in Environmental Studies and International Studies, and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba in Native Studies, Critical Theory and Women's Studies. She is currently pursuing her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree at the University of Manitoba in Native Studies, Anthropology and Sociology.

Alan McEvoy

Alan McEvoy, Ph.D., is an author, lecturer, and leading authority on problems of violence in schools, the home, dating relationships, and in the community. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, 20/20, Oprah, and many other national broadcasts. He is former President of the Safe Schools Coalition and editor of the School Intervention Report. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alternative Education Association and is one of its founding members. He is a Professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University, where he has taught since 1976.

Big Daddy Tazz

MASTARS is pleased to present one of Canada’s premier comedians this year. Big Daddy Tazz uses his blazing quick wit and amazing stage presence to bring his audiences first to their knees with laughter and then to their feet with thunderous praise and adulation. Big Daddy Tazz tells a story with incredible facial expressions, body language, and character voices that lead to a KABOOM! of audience laughter and applause.

Session Descriptions

Session One - “’Old Ladies,’ ‘Bitches’ and ‘Hoe’s’: Deconstructing the Female Aboriginal Gang Member”

This presentation discusses the historical and contemporary context of Aboriginal girls and women involved in gangs in Manitoba. It addresses the narrative construction of place, race, class and sex in Aboriginal adolescents and women involved in gangs. The presentation contests mainstream social constructions of Aboriginal female gang members as victims of male dominated violence and poor social upbringing. It reflects instead gang members’ stories of survival and empowerment despite a history of cultural genocide.

Session Two - Toxic Romance: Toward Understanding and Effective Responses

For many school-age females, the experience of victimization may be the most defining characteristic of their relationship with young men. Sadly, many who are hurt are slow to realize the controlling behaviors that harm them. This presentation focuses on the social landscape of romance for male and female students, and the role of schools in educating them about healthy relationships. This talk explores how students, teachers, parents and friends can learn to recognize the often-subtle patterns of abuse and control that define a toxic romance. It also emphasizes practical and teachable strategies for avoiding harm and establishing positive relationships.

Session Three - Teachers as Bullies: Student Perceptions and School Response

This presentation examines abusive behaviors by teachers toward their students -- bullying -- that have serious academic and social consequences. Data from a study of over three hundred students who reflected on their high school experiences reveal the pervasiveness of the problem, including similarities and differences to peer-on-peer bullying. The data also reveal that school policies and responses to reports of abusive behavior by teachers generally are ineffective or do not exist. Suggestions for effective school response, including policy implications and possible legal ramifications, are offered.


1824 Pembina Highway

Additional Information

Friday, November 24, 2006 Celebrations Dinner Theatre/Canad Inns Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg MB, Canada Conference and Registration Information MASTARS Membership Fees with SAG Conference Full Member: $70.00 ($25 Membership + $45 Conference) MASTARS SAG Conference Only Non-Member: $69.00 Continental Breakfast, coffee and tea breaks, and Served Hot Lunch are included in Conference fees. Sold out last year! Onsite registration will be limited! Mail cheque or money order to: M.A.S.T.A.R.S. C/O Don McCaskill 613 Consol Ave Winnipeg MB R2K 1S9