Biigtigong Nishnaabeg

Site: Band Office

Service: Education Department

Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Unaffiliated 
Provincial Territorial Organization: Anishinabek Nation, Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Superior Treaty 
Post Secondary Support coordinator is Lila Donaghy; email:
Description (Service) Provides educational services and supports to elementary and secondary school students living on-reserve 
  • Administers Pic River Elementary, a school for students from JK to Grade 8 
  • Administers Pic River Private High School for students from Grade 9-12 
  • Provides a student counsellor at Marathon High School; offers student support services including personal, attendance and career counselling, monitoring of student progress, liaison with parents and high school staff 
  • Coordinates week-long Anishinaabemowin language immersion camps periodically during summer months
Post Secondary Support Program  
  • Provides counselling and guidance in choosing post-secondary field of studies  
  • Provides assistance for applying/filling out application forms for colleges and universities  
  • Provides financial support to post secondary students both on and off the reserve
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation
Eligibility Members of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly known as Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation)
Post Secondary Support Program  
  • All Band members regardless of residency are eligible to apply for assistance if attending a post-secondary institution  
  • Based upon availability of funds received from Indian & Northern Affairs Canada
Application Post Secondary Student Support Program 
  • Applications for assistance available at office or on website  
  • Deadline to apply for assistance for fall start date is May 1st; January start date is Oct 1st; spring and summer start dates is Mar 1st
For financial assistance applicant required to provide: 
  • Photocopy of recent status card  
  • Completed post-secondary application package issued by Pic River First Nation 
  • 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 - Ojibwe, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-229-0630
Fax 807-229-3727
Primary Contact Alanna Starr, Education Secretary
Primary Executive Lisa Michano Courchene, Director of Education; Email:
Site Location Reserve is on Hwy 627 at mouth of Pic River along N shore of Lake Superior approx 13 km SE of Marathon
Located In Community Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation
Address 78 Pic River Rd
Heron Bay, ON P0T 1R0
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Mailing Address c/o Education Department 
PO Box 193 
Heron Bay, ON P0T 1R0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)