The Education Department promotes lifelong learning and educational achievement through various programs and supports at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, as well as adult education. Through Nbisiing Bus Lines, we also provide safe and reliable school bus and charter transportation.
The Education Department works with education partners, including provincial school boards, the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body and the Ministry of Education, to advocate for NFN students and ensure they are successful. We follow and strongly believe in the First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model.
Anishinaabe Kinoomaadziwin Nongo, Anishinaabe Pane!
- Return to School Planning for September 2021 – Families have the option of in-person learning or remote/virtual learning for their child(ren) for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents and guardians are required to declare which learning mode they would like. Please note that this decision is for the entire 2021-2022 school year.
- Near North District School Board (due by June 6, 2021)
- Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (due by June 9, 2021)
Data and Information Service Agreement (Consent forms)
An essential part of building the Anishinabek Education System lies in supporting Anishinabek students’ achievement and well-being. To do that, the collection of data is vital. We ask that parents and caregivers for students under the age of 16, and students 16 and over, sign the consent package below to help us adequately plan and resource support for students.
- AES Information and Consent Package – Students Under 16 (parent signature required)
- AES Information and Consent Package – Student 16 and over
The NFN Education Committee meets once a month and advises Chief and Council of updates on educational issues, programs, policy and recommendations. The committee consists of a Chairperson (Council member), seven community members, and a resource person (NFN Director of Education).
Learn more about the committee’s mandate, roles and responsibilities by reviewing the Education Committee Terms of Reference and the NFN Committee Policy.
The Education Department staff has representation on the First Nation Advisory Committees (FNAC) at each local school board. The FNACs make recommendations to the school boards in respect to programs and services for First Nations students and to increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation of First Nations peoples, their history, cultures and perspectives, for all students.
The Education Department staff also has representation on Nipissing University’s Indigenous Council on Education and the Board of Governors, as well as Canadore College’s Indigenous Circle on Education.
First Nation Trustees are also appointed to the Nipissing Parry-Sound Catholic District School Board and elected to the Near North District School Board. The trustees provide updates on Indigenous initiatives within both school boards and keep the Education Department informed about various Ministry of Education and school board initiatives.
Director of Education
705-753-6995 ext. 3013
705-753-6995 ext. 1282
Gchi-Kinoomaajiwgamik Gchi-Kinoomaagewin Waadookaaged
Post-Secondary Education Support Worker
705-753-6995 ext. 1321
Kinoomaadiwgamgoon / Kinoomaagewin Waadookaaged
Elementary/Secondary Education Support Worker
705-753-6995 ext. 3014
Kinoomaagewin Ezhbiiged / Kinoomaagewin Boozwin Niigaanzid
Office Administrator/Bussing Coordinator
Binoojiiyag Enji-Kinoomaagsiwaad (Education Centre)
70 Semo Road, Garden Village ON P2B 3K2
To contact staff by email, please visit our Contact Us page.