Whitefish River First Nation

Site: Administration Office

Service: Education Department

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty 
 
Education Office is in the Administration building next to the Health Centre
Description (Service) Provides educational services and supports to elementary, secondary and post-secondary school students  
  • Administers Shawanosowe School and Maamwe Kendaasing Childcare Centre  
  • Coordinates bus transportation arrangements for children attending AB Ellis Public School, Sacred Heart Elementary School and Espanola High School 
  • Collaborates with the regional Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) about educational services
 
Secondary Education  
  • Provides tuition sponsorship, student activity fees and one-time lock fee for students attending high school outside of community, mostly at Espanola High School 
  • Provides academic assistance to high school students which may include counselling, homework club, providing references, and/or classroom management
 
Post Secondary Program (PSP)  
  • Determines funding eligibility and provides financial assistance to post-secondary students  
  • Provides advocacy and liaison services, counselling and other support services throughout the school year  
  • Provides assistance with admissions criteria and applying/filling out application forms for colleges and universities  
  • Recommends education policy amendments as necessary to meet student needs
Hours Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm 
Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Whitefish River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Whitefish River First Nation
 
Post Secondary Program  
  • Registered members of Whitefish River First Nation both on/off-reserve 
  • Must have been a resident of Canada for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to application 
  • Must be continuing education at a post-secondary institution  
  • Financial assistance limited by available funding
Application Post Secondary Program 
  • Applications for assistance available at office and on website  
  • Deadline to apply for assistance for all start dates is May 1st 
  • All continuing students must reapply each year and provide transcripts from the previous year
 
For financial assistance applicant required to provide:  
  • Photocopy of recent status card  
  • Completed post-secondary application package available at Education Department 
  • Letter of acceptance from post-secondary institution  
  • Transcripts from high school and any previous academic institutions  
  • Detailed letter of intent with program information  
  • Copy of voided cheque or bank information  
  • Signed student contract
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone Main: 705-285-4335 
705-285-4334
Toll Free Phone 1-800-265-4335
Fax 705-285-4532
E-Mail education@whitefishriver.ca
Website www.whitefishriver.ca
Primary Contact Luna Toulouse, Education Assistant; Phone: 705-285-4334 ext 218; Email: lunat@whitefishriver.ca
Primary Executive Jacinta Shawanda, Interim Education Manager; Phone: 705-285-4334 ext 218; Email: jshawanda@whitefishriver.ca
Site Location Community is in village of Birch Island off Hwy 6 just N of Manitoulin Island, 20 kms N of LIttle Current and 68 km SW of Sudbury
Located In Community Whitefish River First Nation
Address 17A Rainbow Ridge Rd
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
 
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Intersection Rainbow Ridge Rd and Bay of Islands Rd
Mailing Address c/o Education Department 
PO Box 188 
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)