Pikangikum First Nation

Site: Eenchokay Birchstick School

Service: First Nation School

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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
Primary Contact Alannah Peters, School Secretary/Receptionist
Alternate Contact Marvin McKay-Keenan, Elementary Principal; Phone: 807-728-0317
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 ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)