Pikangikum First Nation

Site: Eenchokay Birchstick School

Service: First Nation School

Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) 
Provincial Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #5 
  • Community school was burned down in 2007; school currently operates in 23 portable classrooms with limited facilities such as no gymnasium 
  • Funding announced for construction of new school in Aug 2012, with a completion date projected for 2016  
  • Student body is approx 800 students, however only 400 attend as that is the maximum capacity for the portable classrooms 
  • Sep 2016 - New school opened on time and includes two full size gymnasiums, dozens of classrooms, two cafeterias, a full commercial kitchen and vocational training classrooms among other educational spaces; school accommodates up to 900 students ane current enrolment is 750 students
Description (Service) Operates a public on-reserve school for elementary and high school students 
  • Offers a full curriculum for students from Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 12; approved and inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education 
  • Teaches Native language courses at the elementary level; teaches English classes at all levels (Ojibwe is the first language of all students)  
  • Offers cultural and traditional events and outings including a 2-week break in September to allow students to participate in trapping activities with their family 
  • Provides a daily breakfast program for students  
  • Offers two full size gymnasiums, dozens of classrooms, two cafeterias, a full commercial kitchen and vocational training classrooms as well as other educational spaces 
  • Offers computers in every classroom 
  • Provides a range of athletic, artistic and leadership extra-curricular activities  
  • Provides on-reserve bus transportation
Special Education  
  • Provides special education assistance for students with learning difficulties 
  • Develops Individual Education Plans (IEP) to identify strengths/weaknesses to better assist each child in reaching his/her full potential  
  • Strives for maximum amount of integration with regular programs
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Pikangikum First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) and up 
Members of Pikangikum First Nation 
Special Education
Children with special needs and/or learning difficulties
  • 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 Main 807-773-5561 
Fax 807-773-5958
Website www.ebs-school.org/pikangikum-education-authority.html
Primary Contact Conlie Peters, School Secretary/Receptionist
Alternate Contact Kory Rowell, Secondary Vice Principal
Primary Executive Kurt MacRae, Principal
Alternate Executive Andrew Mattacchione, Vice Principal
Site Location Community is approx 100 km NW of Red Lake, on E shores of Pikangikum Lake at the Berens River
Located In Community Pikangikum First Nation
Address Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0
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Mailing Address c/o Eenchokay Birchstick School 
General Delivery 
Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0
Physical Access Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education (MOE) ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)