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.

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 2019 - 2021 Term

Councillor Liaison: Arlene Chegahno
Alternate Councillor Liaison: Solomon King

Chairperson: Carlene Keeshig
Trustees: Anthony Pedoniquotte
Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey
Marleen Vogl
Chanice Johnston
Portfolios Trustees
1. Nshiime Child and Family Centre Chanice Johnston & Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey
2. Elementary Student Services Marleen Vogl & Anthony Pedoniquotte
3. Secondary Student Services Amy Nadjiwon-Tobey & Marleen Vogl
4. Post Secondary Services Anthony Pedoniquotte & Carlene Keeshig
5. Leadership & Administration Chairperson & Entire Board

Portfolio’s 1-4 incorporate: Culture, Language & Arts; Curriculum & Program Development; Student & Staff Success; Community Engagement; Policy Review & Development.

Board of Education Meetings

Board Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Special Board Meetings are held as needed. Attendees are encouraged to attend Board meetings via teleconference or Zoom (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:

The next Call for Applications for the Nawash Education Diversity Assistance Program (NEDAP) will be: 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.

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