Employment Opportunity – Teaching Assistant

The Nawash Board of Education is seeking a qualified Teaching Assistant for Kikendaasogamig Elementary School, in a contract position for the fall semester. Our children and our school are unique and are just waiting for the perfect candidate to add their experiences to ours. The delivery of education is just one of many areas in our community that need special attention as we transition to a world in which COVID-19 will be a constant concern until the development of an effective vaccine. You can help by spreading the word about this opportunity.

Please review the job description for full details and instructions on how to apply.

School to Remain Closed for Remainder of Semester

The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Board of Education have carefully monitored the developments of the pandemic. In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our children, families, staff and community, the Kikendaasogamig Elementary School will remain closed until the end of June.

The Board recognizes that education instruction and learning has taken an unusual turn in light of the current circumstances.  We also know, however, that our students, families and staff have risen to the challenges and shown determination and commitment to their educational achievements.

We will continue to work toward the evolution of education through 2020. Creative ways to acknowledge graduation milestones for students of grade 8 and grade 12 are currently being explored.   A Summer Learning Initiative is also being considered to not only combat summer learning loss, but to maintain connections with other students and teachers, support students with special learning needs and to further prepare students for fall 2020.

The standard school year format is currently being researched and examined to not only accommodate the potential continuation of online learning, but also to be more balanced and inclusive of land-based learning and the unique culture of our community and our nation.

For social or emotional supports, please contact one of the following health or mental health resources:

Women in Trades Conference

Skills Ontario will be hosting a teleconference May 5th, 2020, on the topic of women in skilled trades and technologies. There will be (remote) hands-on activities as well as door prizes. This online event is free, but requires registration. Sign up early to learn more about the great career opportunities available to female students and women.

Applications Open for Educational Assistance

The world will be slowly and carefully coming back to life as the pandemic runs its course. Now is a perfect time to consider upgrading your skills in preparation for the post-pandemic economy. Nawash Board of Education is now accepting applications for the Nawash Education Diversity Assistance Program. The program provides assistance to Chippewas of Nawash Band members in pursuit of education and skills development. Details of the application process can be found here.

Home is School is Home

We’re all spending a lot of time during this pandemic at home with Netflix and baking, and likely running out of other things to do. Why not try one of literally hundreds of free online courses that institutions and companies have made available for free?

Before you jump in, start with a couple of short programs from Humber College and Carleton University, about how to successfully complete an online course, where you are the only one responsible for your time and focus.  Successful students don’t forget to be mindful of their own mental health needs as well, as this course on self-care and resilience from Laurier University teaches.

Then consider surfing over to Coursera.org, where you can sign up for free, and search almost 2000 free courses, ranging from cooking to computers, psychology to sewing. Duolingo offers free language classes so you can express your desire to get out of the house in 35 different languages. Want to study at Harvard? You can do that. Yale? Sign me up. MIT? Think big!

With your new found skills, plus the ones you already have, you may want to start your own business to capitalize on your hard work. Check out McMaster University’s free course on how to Be Your Own Boss.

The Adult Learning Centre wants to remind you that with the vast reach of the Internet, knowledge is just a few clicks of a mouse or taps of a screen away! Make your time at home more interesting and more productive while we wait for the world to re-open.