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 its programs. Should you 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 dedication to lifelong learning, Anishinaabemowin and the values of mino bimaadiziwin.

*New Vision Statement:

Building Anishinabek Success…Voices For Today and Tomorrow.


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*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.

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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.  A “Memorandum of Understanding” was updated and renewed each election term. In 2018, the agreement was revised and a Term of Reference was agreed upon between Council and the Board. The Terms of Reference outlines and clarifies roles and responsibilities of each party.

The Nawash Post Secondary Assistance Program (NPSAP)

Post Secondary Coordinator – Jennifer Linklater.

The objectives of the NPSAP program are to:

  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 other 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 allowances under the NPSAP are encouraged to seek and secure supplementary financial 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 with the living allowance payment. Book receipts are no longer required.
  • Spring/Summer 2018 Final Marks are due no later than September 15th, 2018.
  • Spring/Summer 2019 (May – August) Applications for financial assistance are due: March 1st, 2019.
  • Fall 2019/Winter 2020 (September – April) Applications for financial assistance are due: May 1st, 2019.
  • 2018/19 F/W Post Secondary Application: Please complete and submit all required or outstanding documentation for your application by October 31, 2018, 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 Student Services Coordinator throughout the school year.  The SSSC is employed by the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education. Accommodation and outreach are achieved by established dates at 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 or Certificate of Completion. Secondary students are provided a variety of supports 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 assistance to Band Member secondary students who reside on the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation reserve. Other First Nation Band members and non-band members who are residing on the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation territory are entitled to transportation and tuition only. Non-Members must secure 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). A “Release of Information” form is provided to students and parents for signature which acknowledges that the consent form is signed indicating that the SSSC has access to the above files. Students and parents that do not wish to sign the consent form should present the SSSC 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:

Or email for further assistance:

The Secondary Student Services Coordinator's schedule of availability:

  • Monday’s: Board of Education Office (519-534-0882) Neyaashiinigmiing.
  • 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 take measures to incorporate cultural education into their school.

Kikendaasogamig Elementary School Principal – Debra Chegahno

Special Education Resource Teacher - Diana Millar

Gr. 7-8 Teacher

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.

Nawash Curriculum Writer/ Teacher - Kevin Kuipers

Nutrition Coordinator – Deidre Millar

School Secretary – 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: 519-534-1592Web 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

Bus Contractors:

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

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: 519-534-5138Web page: -see Education.


Board of Education – Elected Board of Trustees 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:

Friday, November 9, 2018; 9:30am-2:00pm Special Board Meeting

Monday, November 12, 2018 – Closed – Remembrance Day

Friday, November 16, 2018; 9:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesday, November 21, 2018; 9:30am-12:00pm Quarterly Meeting in Council Chambers

Friday, December 7, 2018, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00pm Program Report Board Meeting

Friday, January 11, 2019; 9:00am-12:00pm Board Meeting

Friday, January 25, 2019; 9:00am-12:00pm Board Meeting

Board of Education Meetings:

Board Meetings are held on the first (1st)  and (3rd) Friday of the month from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. These Board Meetings are held in the boardroom of the Board of Education Office. Special Board meetings are scheduled as needed.

Band member requests 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 time 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.