Cat Lake First Nation

Site: Lawrence Wesley Education Centre

Service: First Nation School

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Windigo First Nations Council  
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN)  
Treaty #9  
School student body is approximately 120 students
Description (Service)
  • Operates a public, newly-built, on-reserve school for elementary students (opened in Sep 2013)  
  • Offers a full curriculum for students from Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 8 approved and inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education 
  • Promotes Ojibway culture, language, and values; activities include ice fishing, snowshoeing, camping trips, and a Cultural Week 
  • Teaches Native language as a subject course 
  • Provides breakfast 3 days per week and a hot lunch 2 days per week for students 
  • Offers a computer lab, school gymnasium, library, cafeteria, playground, outdoor hockey rink, baseball diamond, and playing field 
  • Participates in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Canada Program which provides laptops and tablets to each child aged 6-12 years in the school as a learning tool 
  • Assists the children to plant/tend gardens and flower beds on school property
Special Needs Program 
  • Teaches literacy, math and life skills to students struggling with studies 
  • Students work in resource room on individualized programs
Hours School: Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm 
Band Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-5 pm
Areas Served Cat Lake First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) and up 
Members of Cat Lake First Nation
Special Needs Program
Any students with identified learning disabilities
  • Registration required  
  • Must show copy of child's birth certificate/status card and immunization records
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-347-2491
Fax 807-347-2057
Primary Contact Ruby Keesickquayash, Principal; Email:
Alternate Contact Marie Stewart, Education Director; Phone: 807-347-2491 * (Cell) 204-891-6470; Email:
Site Location Community is 180 km N of Sioux Lookout along the N shores of Cat Lake river system
Located In Community Cat Lake First Nation
Address 45 Janica Dr
Cat Lake, ON P0V 1J0
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Mailing Address c/o Lawrence Wesley Education Centre 
PO Box 80 
Cat Lake, ON P0V 1J0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established 1978
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)