Organizing Committee

The organizing committee for the New World Ideas is made up of individuals and organizations interested in education. Our purpose is to develop educational resources that encourage and celebrate Indigenous knowledge in the classroom and workplace.

   Wendell Wiebe

Wendell is Executive Director and General Manager for Manitoba Aerospace Human Resource Council. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and worked for many years in adult education. His department is known for its innovative programs and collaborative approach.

   Barbara Bowen

Barb is the Manager of Special Programs for Manitoba Aerospace Human Resource Council and has a background in education and human resources. She is a liaison to educational institutions including Tec Voc High School, Neeginan College, Red River College, the University of Winnipeg, and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

The Three Sisters Project is one of Manitoba Aerospace’s many initiatives to encourage Indigenous youth to seek out science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers. 

   Randy Herrmann

Randy is an engineer and the director of the Engineering Access Program in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba. ENGAP is the most successful program of its kind in Canada, graduating hundreds of Indigenous students into the world of engineering. 

   Peter Jordan

Peter produced the videos and companion books for New World Ideas: Indigenous Innovations that Changed Everything. As president of Birch Bark Productions, he is dedicated to telling Canadian stories. He is a multi-award winning television writer/ broadcaster and his show “It’s a Living” ran for seven years on the CBC National network.

   Pauline Broderick

Pauline is a veteran teacher, educator and curriculum developer with a special interest in the arts and social change. She has taught in the public school system and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. She works with Birch Bark productions and is currently a writer and editor with New World Ideas: Indigenous Innovations that Changed Everything.


Development Team 

   Rylaan Gimby

Rylaan is a multi-media artist, videographer and graphic designer who specializes in 3D/Motion graphics, animation and performance. He is co-owner and director of Parachute Media Lab Inc. Rylaan created the layout and graphic design for New World Ideas video and curriculum resources.

   Rennie Redekopp Ph.D

Rennie taught junior and senior high school for twenty eight years and is currently an instructor in The Faculty of Education at The University of Manitoba. He is an author, past president of ManAce, an award winning educator and co-owner of Media Wise Solutions. Rennie developed the web site for the Three Sisters Project.

   Leslee Silverman

Leslee is a celebrated theatre artist. Her work has been honoured with numerous awards including The Governor Generals Performing Arts Award for Artistic Achievement. She is currently a Vancouver based writer and poet, who brings her knowledge and expertise of writing craft to the Three Sisters Project.


Special Thanks go out Dr. Ralph Mason for insightful analysis and continuing conversations about the complexities of teaching and learning.


Together we hope that this resource will help teachers and educators practise Indigenous perspectives in the classroom.

We provide this resource free of charge to any interested teacher, so we are very thankful for the generous support of the following:

The Province of Manitoba

The Winnipeg Foundation


Manitoba Aerospace

With the participation of:

C.B.C. Absolutely Manitoba and Absolutely Canadian

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering