Education (Kinoomaagewin)

The Education Department promotes lifelong learning and educational achievement through various programs and supports at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels, as well as adult education. Through Nbisiing Bus Lines, we also provide safe and reliable school bus and charter transportation.

The Education Department works with education partners, including provincial school boards, the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body and the Ministry of Education, to advocate for NFN students and ensure they are successful. We follow and strongly believe in the First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model.

Anishinaabe Kinoomaadziwin Nongo, Anishinaabe Pane!


The NFN Education Committee meets once a month and advises Chief and Council of updates on educational issues, programs, policy and recommendations. The committee consists of a Chairperson (Council member), seven community members, and a resource person (NFN Director of Education).

Learn more about the committee’s mandate, roles and responsibilities by reviewing the Education Committee Terms of Reference and the NFN Committee Policy.

The Education Department staff has representation on the First Nation Advisory Committees (FNAC) at each local school board. The FNACs make recommendations to the school boards in respect to programs and services for First Nations students and to increase knowledge, understanding and appreciation of First Nations peoples, their history, cultures and perspectives, for all students.

The Education Department staff also has representation on Nipissing University’s Indigenous Council on Education and the Board of Governors, as well as Canadore College’s Indigenous Circle on Education.

First Nation Trustees are also appointed to the Nipissing Parry-Sound Catholic District School Board and elected to the Near North District School Board. The trustees provide updates on Indigenous initiatives within both school boards and keep the Education Department informed about various Ministry of Education and school board initiatives.

Contact Us

Daniel Stevens
Kinoomaagewin Niigaanzi-E-naakniged
Director of Education
705-753-6995 ext. 3013

Geraldeana Goulais
Gchi-kinoomaagewin Kendaason / Gchi-Kinoomaajiwgamik Gchi-Kinoomaagewin Waadookaaged
Education Officer / Post-Secondary Education Support Worker
705-753-6995 ext. 1321

Charlene Bellefeuille
Kinoomaagewin Ezhbiiged / Kinoomaagewin Boozwin Niigaanzid
Office Administrator / Bussing Coordinator

Caroline Labrecque
Kinoomaadiwgamgoon / Kinoomaagewin Waadookaaged
Elementary / Secondary Education Support Worker
705-753-6995 ext. 3014

Office Address:
Binoojiiyag Enji-Kinoomaagsiwaad (Education Centre)
70 Semo Road, Garden Village ON P2B 3K2
Phone: 705-753-6995
Fax: 705-753-5827

To contact staff by email, please visit our Contact Us page.