Miigwetch for visiting the “Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education” website. This page has been designed to give its viewer’s some general information regarding the Education Department and it’s programs. Should your require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

N0H 2T0
TEL: 519-534-0882
FAX: 519-534-5138

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.



Medicine Wheel (Right color directions)

*New Values: 7 Grandfather Teachings 

  1. Giiyaakwaadziwin – Honesty.
  2. Dbaandendizwin – Humility.
  3. Mshkode’ewin – Bravery.
  4. Nbwaakaawin – Wisdom.
  5. Minwaadendamowin – Respect.
  6. Debwewin – Truth.
  7. Zaagidwin – Love.

Medicine Wheel (Right color directions)


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.


Historical Overview:

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. 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

Or email for further assistance:


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.
  • Weekday's 8:30 - 4:30, by cell 519-375-0334.

Notice of Reminders: 

  • Please remember to collect your student volunteer hours.


Kikendaasogamig Elementary School

Staff: 19

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 - TBA

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

Receptionist – Marylynne Pedoniquotte.

Janitor – Dora Chegahno


Contact Information:

Kikendaasogamig Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Elementary School
45 Farm Road,
N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-0719
Facsimile: 519-534-1592

Web page: -see Kikendaasogamig Elementary School.

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education – Administration Staff

Education Administrator

Judy Nadjiwan

Post Secondary Coordinator

Jennifer Linklater

Secondary Student Services Coordinator
Connie Salkey

Administrative Support
Vanessa M. Keeshig

Kikendaasogamig Elementary School Principal
Debra Chegahno – Principal

Education Custodian
Shane Nadjiwon

Student Transportation Drivers:


Bus Contractors:

Carolynn Wright
- Elementary Routes 1 & 2.
– Secondary routes 3 & 5. 


Contact Information:

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education
6 Harbour Road,
N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-0882 /519-534-5559 / 519-534-0393
Facsimile: 519-534-5138

Web page: -see Education.


Board of Education – Elected Board of Trustees and their Portfolio’s for the 2017 – 2019 Term:

Councillor Liaison: Arlene Chegahno

Alternate Councillor Liaison:

Board of Trustees:

Chairperson - Jessica Keeshig-Martin
Trustee - Anthony Pedoniquotte
Trustee - Christine Keeshig
Trustee - Cheryl Jones
Trustee - Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey

Board of Ed- Trustee Portfolio Chart

Approved per motion #138; 21/18, October 3, 2017



Upcoming Events:

Board of Education-Mar-Apr 2018


Board of Education Meetings:

Board Meetings are held on the first (1st) Tuesday and (3rd) Thursday of the month from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. These Board Meetings are held in the boardroom of the Board of Education Office.

Note: Rescheduled Board meetings are to be held the following Fridays in lieu of Tuesdays; Special Board meetings are scheduled as needed.

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 provide an opportunity to prepare for general accessibility needs, and allow the Board members a chance to read the information and address all issues in a timely manner.

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”.


Ralph Akiwenzie Scholarship Fund

Due to the Ralph Akiwenzie Scholarship deadline falling on a holiday (Friday March 30, 2018), applications will be accepted up to April 3, 2018 at 4 PM EST.

This scholarship is named after former Chief Ralph Akiwenzie who, as an educator and leader, dedicated his life to our community.


  • You are a Band Member of Chippewas of Nawash
  • You have met the college and/or university entry requirements, and are applying to any Canadian college or university, and are working towards your diploma, undergraduate degree, Master's, PhD, or Native Language Course/Diploma.

Each scholarship covers up to $3,000 or 80% of the subsidy costs, whichever is less, and is renewable annually, based on reasonable progress toward the completion of an undergraduate degree or diploma. You MUST apply each year. If you were a successful candidate in the past you must submit your receipt(s) and a copy of your grades to be eligible to reapply for the scholarship.