Indigenous Mini-University Program

Every year the Indigenous Student Centre at Western University hosts a week-long opportunity for Indigenous youth to explore post-secondary through interactive cultural and academic workshops. Participants will get to meet professors, staff, and community members. Most importantly, participants will get to meet and make friends with other Indigenous youth from all over Turtle Island. The Mini-U team of current Indigenous Western University students support and facilitate the program.

There are two sessions to choose from:

  • Otter Session (ages 11-13): Sunday, July 11th – Friday, July 16th, 2021
  • Crane Session (ages 14-17): Sunday, August 1st – Friday, August 6th, 2021

Each session will have up to 30 participants. This summer the program will be free and offered virtually, with tech and internet support available to all applicants.

Students are encouraged to apply by May 9th, 2021.
To learn more about the virtual program, visit:

Apply for the program here:

Employment Opportunity – Registered Early Childhood Educator

Reporting to the Childcare Centre Supervisor, the Registered Early Childhood Educator works closely with all Employees to plan and develop age-appropriate programs to enhance the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of our children, following the Child Care and Early Years Act. The Registered Early Childhood Educator works to build and maintain positive and professional relationships with staff, the children, families and others.

Visit the Employment page for more information about this and other opportunities.

ELC Seeking Language Speakers

The ELC Partnership is seeking Language Speakers to be involved in the community language revitalization strategy.

If you are fluent in Ojibway, Anishnaabemowin, and are interested in sharing your advice, guidance and direction, please contact the ELC Partnership

To reach the ELC, call the Board of Education office at 519-534-0882, and leave your name and contact information for Jessica Keeshig-Martin. You can also e-mail Jessica at

Note that the Board of Education office will be closed as of December 21, 2020, and will reopen January 4, 2021.

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NEDAP Applications Now Being Accepted

The Nawash Education Diversity Assistance Program (NEDAP) is accepting applications from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 until Friday, January 15, 2021, 11:59 PM. Late applications will not be accepted.

The NEDAP provides financial assistance, subject to the availability of funding, to eligible Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation band members, in pursuit of diversified education and skills development opportunities. Note that the NEDAP is not a full-funding program.

To learn more about the program details, please read the NEDAP Policy document, available online from our webpage at

You can download the printable PDF application form from the same page. If you don’t have access to a printer, paper copies of the NEDAP application are available from the Board of Education office during regular business hours.

Interested applicants may submit their sealed applications to the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education by email to:, or by mail or delivery to the Board of Education office during regular business hours. Our address is: Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education, 6 Harbour Road, Neyaashiinigmiing, ON, N0H 2T0. 

Nawash Board of Education: Building Anishinabek Success…Voices for Today and Tomorrow

ELC December 2020 Update

The Education, Language and Culture Partnership was created to improve coordination among Chippewas of Nawash educational programs and services, with a particular focus on Anishnaabemowin and the Anishnaabeg worldview and culture. The ELCP has been very busy and has prepared a communique to update the community on their activities to date and plans for the future.

Ontario Financial Support for Young Learners

With the ongoing pandemic putting financial strain on many Ontarians, the Ontario government is offering financial support to parents and caregivers of children to offset increased educational costs.

The program offers families $200 for each child, ages 0 – 12 years, and $250 for each child with special needs, ages 0 – 21 years. School enrollment is not a factor. All children are eligible, based on age, even if they are in daycare, homeschooled, or just staying home during the pandemic.

Details of the program, and the online application form, are available here.

The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Note that when completing the application for children attending Kikendaasogamig Elementary, or other First Nations school, choose the option:

  • My child is not enrolled in either public or private school

You will then be given the option to select:

  • My child is attending a First Nation operated or Federally-operated school

Free Driver’s Training Course

The Adult Learning Centre is offering a free four-week Driver’s Training Course to prepare new drivers to take the test for a Graduated Driver’s License Part One (G1)! The cost of the written G1 test will be covered for those who register and successfully complete the four-week program.

The course will hold one class per week at the Native Child Welfare Centre, on the schedule below.

Location: Native Child Welfare
Date 1: Wednesday, November 25th, 9:30am until 12:00pm (double-session)
Date 2: Wednesday December 2nd, 10:00am-11:30am
Date 3: Wednesday December 9th, 10:00am-11:30am
Date 4: Wednesday December 16th, 10:00am-11:30am

This course is limited. There are five spots available.

To reserve a spot please contact Byron Millette of the Adult Learning Center at 519-477- 4667, or 519 534 0882.