CHIPPEWAS OF NAWASH UNCEDED FIRST NATION BOARD OF EDUCATION
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6 HARBOUR ROAD,
Regular Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*New Mission Statement:
Our mission is to foster a nurturing and supportive learning environment that inspires dediation to lifelong learning, Anishinaabemowin and the values of mino bimaadiziwin.
*New Vision Statement:
Building Anishinabek Success…Voices For Today and Tomorrow.
*New Values: 7 Grandfather Teachings
- Giiyaakwaadziwin – Honesty.
- Dbaandendizwin – Humility.
- Mshkode’ewin – Bravery.
- Nbwaakaawin – Wisdom.
- Minwaadendamowin – Respect.
- Miigwe’aadiziwin – Generosity.
- Zaagidwin – Love.
1 Culture, Language and the Arts:
-Establish a working group to advise on cultural content.
-Develop an evaluation tool to measure success.
-Create a partnership with community resources to implement our history, cultural practices and language.
-Create a strategy to engage elders and community members.
-Average at least one visitor/month/class & one in the first week of school in All classes.
-Review possible school trips i.e.: historical sites locally.
2. Student and Staff Success:
-Review the current resources and tools.
-School evaluation to review the effectiveness of meeting the needs of the students.
-Develop an advisory committee.
-Engage staff in a survey to see how to support them in their roles [Year 1]-Strategy for engagement for secondary and post secondary students [Year 2].
-Develop academic evaluation to measure success. (S.M.A.R.T.) [Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely]
3. Community Engagement:
-Launching and sharing strategic plan with the whole community.
-Create opportunities for community members to become engaged in educational activities.
-Celebrations of milestones with a community and academic focus.
-Creation of a communication plan. (R.A.C.I.) [Responsible, Accountable, Consult, Inform].
-Develop a community "use of school plan".
-Building partnerships with local and external service providers.
4.Leadership and Administration:
-Search for a full time Principal and report to the community on the progress.
-Inspiring leadership at all levels of the organization.
-Board of Trustees
-Collaborate with working groups and advisory groups to promote success.
*This three year strategic plan was developed on March 15-16, 2012 and approved for distribution on October 1, 2012.
The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education held their first Board of Election on December 15, 1993 when the local Council relinquished their educational governance to the Local School Board. This agreement, namely the “Memorandum of Understanding” is officially updated and renewed each election term as it outlines and clarifies roles and responsibilities of each party.
Nawash Post Secondary Assistance Program (NPSAP) objectives are to:
Post Secondary Coordinator – Jennifer Linklater.
- Provide financial assistance, subject to the availability of funding, to eligible Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation band members in pursuit of Post Secondary education.
- Assist Post Secondary students with the tools and resources necessary to graduate with the qualifications comparable to othe Canadians with similar educational and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Improve the employability of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation band members by providing eligible students with access to education and skills development opportunities at the post secondary level. This is expected to lead to greater participation of students in post secondary studies, higher Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation graduation rates from post secondary programs, and to improve individual, family and community well-being for band members.
- Ensure that a maximum number of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation band members are approved for assistance under the NPSAP criteria.
The NPSAP is not a full funding program. Students who have educational costs that are higher than the maximum allowences under the NPSAP are encouraged to seek and secure supplementary finacial assistance. Please see Appendix A for a list of scholarships and bursaries.
To view or obtain a copy of the NPSAP Policy or Nawash Post Secondary Financial Assistance Application Forms, please see below:
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Post Secondary Policy – ARTICLE # 5 (*New version in effect)
Application Form for Financial Assistance (*New version in effect)
Or email for further assistance:
Notice of Reminders:
- Direct Deposits for Living Allowance will be deposited on the last business day of the month for the upcoming month.
- Book Allowance for eligible students will be deposited for September and January. Book receipts are no longer required.
- Spring/Summer 2017 Final Marks are due no later than September 15th, 2017.
- Spring/Summer 2017 (May – August) Applications for financial assistance are due: March 1st, 2017.
- Fall 2017/Winter 2018 (September – April) Applications for financial assistance are due: May 1st, 2017.
- 2017/18 F/W Post Secondary Application: Please complete and submit all required or outstanding documentation for your application by October 31, 2017, Midnight.Incomplete applications will forfeit their spot and the next completed application will be taken from the wait-list, by priority and according to the date received.
Secondary Student Services Program:
Secondary Student Services Coordinator: Connie Salkey
Program Overview: Support, mentoring, advocacy, referrals and financial assistance are provided to secondary students by the Secondary Students Services Coordinator throughout the school year. The Secondary Students Services Coordinator is employed by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education. Accommodation and outreach is achieved by scheduled dates to attend St. Mary’s High School (S.M.H.S.) in Owen Sound and Peninsula Shores District School (P.S.D.S.) in Wiarton to support secondary students and encourage them to work towards obtaining their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Secondary students are awarded an assistance consisting of the following: Student assistance, Transportation, Honor Roll and student fees. [See full policy]
For eligibility, please note: Policy No: S.S.S. No. 4.01.01 – The Board shall provide eligible secondary students on the current nominal roll with limited student assistance. Band Members from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation are eligible. Other First Nation Band members and non-band members are entitled to transportation and tuition only. Non-Members must provide residency via a B.C.R. from Chief and Council. Band Members residing in Neyaashiinigmiing are entitled to assistance if enrolled in the Bluewater District School Board (PSDS) or the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board (SMHS). Also, a “Release of Information” form is provided to students and parents for signature which acknowledges that the consent form is signed indicating that the Secondary Students Services Coordinator has access to the above files. Students and parents that do not wish to sign the consent form should present the Secondary Students Services Coordinator with proper documentation that indicates that the student is eligible for student assistance such as confirmation of enrollment, attendance and report cards.
To view or obtain a copy of the Secondary Student Services Policy, please see below:
ARTICLE #4 Secondary Student Services (*New version in effect)
ARTICLE #4 Learning to 21
Secondary Student Consent to Release Information
Secondary Program Brochure
The Education Counsellors schedule of availability:
- Monday’s: Board of Education Office (519-534-0882) Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker Reserve).
- Tuesday’s & Thursday’s: Peninsula Shores District School (519-534-2205 ext. 612) Wiarton, ON.
- Wednesday’s & Friday's: St. Mary’s High School (519-376-4278) Owen Sound, ON.
Notice of Reminders:
- Please remember to collect your student volunteer hours.
Kikendaasogamig Elementary School
Grades: Jr. Kindergarten – Grade 8.
The Kikendaasogamig Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Elementary School offers Ojibway language classes; various mainstream and special education programs and takes measures to incorporate cultural education into their school.
Kikendaasogamig Elementary School Principal – Debra Chegahno
Interim/Special Education Resource Teacher - Helen Wheeler
Gr. 7-8 Teacher – Erin Greig
Gr. 5-6 Teacher - Kyle Smith
Gr. 3-4 Teacher – Kerri Cately
Gr. 1-2 Teacher - Andrew Nadjiwan
Sr/Jr. Kindergarten Teacher – Sara Judges
Ojibway Language Teacher – Chastity Jenner-Keeshig
Education Assistants - Paula Keeshig, Sandra Lavalley, Greg Millar, Diana Millar, Patrick King, Elisha Jones (YWE).
Nawash Curriculum Writer/ Teacher - Kevin Kuipers
Hot Lunch Part-time Nutrition Coordinator – Deidre Millar
Cook – Hot Lunch Program – Allisha Higo
Receptionist – Marylynne Pedoniquotte.
Janitor – Dora Chegahno (Jr. School).
Contact Information:Kikendaasogamig Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Elementary School
45 Farm Road,
Web page: www.nawash.ca -see Kikendaasogamig Elementary School.
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education – Administration Staff
Secondary Student Services Coordinator
Vanessa M. Keeshig
Kikendaasogamig Elementary School Principal
Debra Chegahno – Principal
Student Transportation Drivers:
- Elementary Routes 1 & 2.
– Secondary routes 3 & 5.
Contact Information:Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education
6 Harbour Road,
Telephone: 519-534-0882 /519-534-5559 / 519-534-0393
Web page: www.nawash.ca -see Education.
Board of Education – Elected Board of Trustees and their Portfolio’s for the 2015 – 2017 Term:
Councillor Liaison: Carlene Keeshig
Alternate Councillor Liaison: Veronica Smith
Board of Trustees:
Chairperson - Mary Ashkewe
Trustee - Anthony Pedoniquotte
Trustee - Christine Keeshig
Trustee - Jessica Keeshig-Martin
Trustee - Peggy Mansur
Christine Keeshig, Peggy Mansur - Elementary Student Services
Mary Ashkewe, Jessica Keeshig-Martin - Secondary Student Services
Anthony Pedoniquotte, Jessica Keeshig-Martin - Post Secondary Student Services
Peggy Mansur, Mary Ashkewe - Curriculum & Program Development
Mary Ashkewe, Anthony Pedoniquotte - Culture, Language & Arts
Christine Keeshig, Mary Ashkewe - Community Engagement
Revised per Motion #231-16 32/15, March 23, 2016
Leadership and Administration/ Administration and Finance, Personnel, Policy Review and Development, Nshiime Day Care and the Adult Learning Centre portfolio’s will remain with the entire Board.
Note: The Nshiime Day Care program has been assigned by Band Council to present their program reports to the Board of Education Trustees.
Board of Education Office:
- Friday, April 14, 2017. ~ Program Closed
- Monday, April 17, 2017. ~ Program Closed
- Thursday, April 20, 2017. 12:00 - 3:00 pm - Special Board Meeting ~ Located Peninsula District School, Wiarton.
- Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 12:00 - 3:00 pm - Special Board Meeting ~ Located at St. Mary's High School, Owen Sound.
Board of Education Meetings:
*Meeting dates and times are subject to change, however, Board meetings are held on the first (1st) Friday of the month from 9:00 am. – 12:00 pm. For Regular Board Meetings and the third (3rd) Friday of every month from 9:00 am. – 12:00 pm. For Program Report Board Meetings (In lieu of statutory holidays, meetings that are regularly scheduled for a Friday, will be held on Wednesday as an alternative, at the same time.)
*Band member request can be placed on the agenda for either Regular or Program Report Board Meetings. Please submit a letter of request or notification if special accommodations are required to either the Chairperson or the Education Administrator one week prior to the meeting. This will give the Board of Trustees a chance to read the information, make decisions more readily, address all issues in a timely manner and to re-locate the meeting if required. Note: “Impromptu requests” for the agenda will be at the discretion of the Chairperson.
Parents/guardians, students, staff and community band members are welcomed to attend any Board meeting to observe and listen to proceedings that are not “Closed” or “In-Camera”.
Note: Most “Employment Opportunities” are posted via: www.nawash.ca, The Sun Times or Osprey – newspaper advertising, facsimiled to all on-reserve community programs, advertised in the community newsletter, flyers are delivered to each on-reserve household, and announcements on the CHFN 100.1 Radio Station.