Education Administrator
Judy Nadjiwan

Post Secondary Coordinator
Jennifer Linklater

Secondary Student Services Coordinator
Connie Salkey

Administrative Support
Vanessa M. Keeshig

Kikendaasogamig Elementary School Principal
Bill Tichenoff – Principal

Language Nest Program
Polly Keeshig-Tobias – Coordinator

Education Custodian
Shane Nadjiwon

Bus Contractor
Carolynn Wright
- Elementary Routes 1 & 2
– Secondary routes 3 & 4

Mailing Address
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education
6 Harbour Road
Neyaashiinigmiing, ON
N0H 2T0

Tel: 519-534-0882
Fax: 519-534-5138

Regular Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

The Board of Education is open during regular business hours, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.

COVID-19 Safety Measures are in effect. Please review the new protocols below:

  • Staff are available to assist the public by telephone or email. In-person meetings are by appointment ONLY. If you must visit the office, please call ahead to advise the staff.
  • Face masks must be worn when entering the building (if you do not have a face mask, please ask our staff and one will be provided). A hand sanitizing station is available at the front entrance and must be used when entering and departing from the building.
  • Please keep a safe physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from one another.
  • Any persons wishing to enter the Board of Education office, must use this screening tool prior to entering the building to ensure it is safe for themselves and staff. Nawash Self Screening Checklist

Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster a nurturing and supportive learning environment that inspires dedication to lifelong learning, Anishinaabemowin and the values of mino bimaadiziwin.

Vision Statement

Building Anishinabek Success…Voices For Today and Tomorrow.

Medicine Wheel (Right color directions)

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.


The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education (CNUFNBOE) was formed in December 1993 when Chief and Council transferred educational governance and administration of education programs and services to an elected board of Trustees. The original decision was ratified by a council resolution and is periodically confirmed by a Terms of Reference between council and the board. CNUFNBOE programs and services include:
  1. Elementary (Kikendaasogamig Elementary School)
  2. Secondary (Secondary Student Support Services)
  3. Post Secondary (Nawash Post Secondary Assistance Program)
  4. Day Care (Nshiime Child and Family Centre)
  5. Language Nest Program
  6. Nawash Education Diversity Assistance Program
  7. Education, Language and Culture

Board of Education – Elected Board of Trustees for the 2021 - 2023 Term

Councillor Liaison: Beverley Nadjiwon
Alternate Councillor Liaison: Carlene Keeshig

Chairperson Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey
Trustees Anthony Pedoniquotte
Chanice Johnston


Portfolios Trustees
1. Nshiime Child & Family Centre Chanice Johnston
2. Elementary Student Services Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey & Anthony Pedoniquotte
3. Secondary Student Services Anthony Pedoniquotte
4. Post Secondary Services Anthony Pedoniquotte
5. Language Nest Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey
6. Leadership & Administration Chairperson & Entire Board

Portfolio’s 1-5 incorporate: Culture, Language & Arts; Curriculum & Program Development; Student & Staff Success; Community Engagement; Policy Review & Development.

Board of Education Meetings

Board meetings are help on the first (1st) Thursday of every month from 2:00PM-4:00PM and the third (3rd) Thursday of every month from 3:30PM-5:30PM. Special Board Meetings are held as needed. Attendees are encouraged to attend Board meetings virtually vie Google Meet (online), in order to practice safe physical distancing. Please inform our office if you have a Band Member Request by submitting a letter one week prior to a scheduled Board Meeting.

Band Member Requests

Band member requests are encouraged. For efficiency, please submit all requests in writing.


Upcoming Events:


Call for Applications for the Nawash Education Diversity Assistance Program (NEDAP) is as follows: March 15-April 15; July 15-August 15; and November 15-December 15.

Note: Application submissions will be accepted at 12:00 AM on the first day of an application period, until 11:59 PM on the last day of that application period.


The Call for Applications for the Nawash Post Secondary Assistance Program is as follows:

  1. Fall-Winter: May 1st
  2. Spring-Summer: March 1st

Employment Opportunities within the Board of Education 

  • Trustee position - Closes April 29, 2022
  • Ojibway Language Teacher - Opened until filled
  • Nshiime Child and Family Centre, RECE and Substitute Help positions - Closes April 15, 2022

To view the full job description of the jobs above follow this link: Employment Opportunities


Congratulations Class Of 2021!

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations to all the graduates of the Chippewas of Nawash. Whether it be from Pre-School, Elementary School, Secondary School, College or University, graduation is something to be proud of.

The years 2020 and 2021 have been years we will never forget for the rest of our lives as COVID captured the attention of the world. So many of our practices were interrupted in ways we never dreamed possible, as it has affected the way we attended school, visited with our peers and met together as people. These barriers were unfathomable, but you persevered and have carried out your goals and milestones successfully.

As you continue onto the next chapter, remember your teachings of wisdom and humility as they will guide you through all of your future endeavours.

It is with great pleasure and sincere wishes, that we congratulate you on your amazing journey!


Chairperson Carlene Keeshig
Trustee Chanice Johnston
Trustee Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey
Trustee Anthony Pedoniquotte
Trustee Marleen Vogl


BOARD OF EDUCATION ___________________________________________________________________

July 29, 2021


Dear Parents, Guardians and Community:

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education would like to recognize the efforts and dedication of the Nshiime Child and Family Centre child care workers, through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Child care has changed significantly since pre-pandemic times from dropping children off, to the extensive cleaning, adhering to strict Ministry of Education and Ontario public health guidelines, as well as having to social distance and establish staff and child cohorts. To further complicate matters, Canada has seen a 21% decline in childcare workers across the country. Neyaashiiinigmiing has also experienced the impacts of this decline.

We understand the frustration that all of these issues have imposed on families in securing and maintaining childcare. We can assure you that we are putting our best efforts forward, under trying circumstances, to make informed decisions while also keeping our future generation safe and healthy.

Please join us in appreciating and thanking our child care staff: Gichi Miigwech Nshiime Child and Family Centre!

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education Trustees