Welcome to the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body
Participating First Nations (PFN’s) will work together through a central administrative structure called the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB). The KEB will take direction from the PFNs. The KEB will support First Nations in their delivery of education programs and services and liaise with the Province of Ontario on education matters.
The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body will distribute education funds provided by the federal government to the First Nations as a flow through. Under the direction of the Participating First Nations, the KEB will support the implementation of the First Nations and Regional Education Councils educational priorities, work with the First Nations to establish system-wide education standards, and manage education relationships with the provincial government.
The First Nations will work together through the KEB to identify and manage their educational priorities and the systems’ governance. Currently, there are 12 Directors selected by the First Nations to the Board of Directors to oversee the work of the KEB. A Finance Committee will oversee the distribution of education funds received from Canada.
Kinoomaadziwin Education Board Elects New Executive
The new executive of the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body board includes: Lisa Michano from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Co-Chair), Catherine Pawis from Wasauksing (Chair), Lauri Hoeg from Georgina Island (Treasurer) and Evelyn Ball from Chippewas of Rama (Secretary).
The Anishinabek Nation
The Anishinabek Nation and its member communities have been working towards establishing the Anishinabek Education System (AES) for over 20 years. The Anishinabek Education System is based on the Anishinabek First Nations’ inherent jurisdiction over education.
The Agreement with Canada will provide reliable funding to operate the stand-alone education system parallel to its federal and provincial counterparts and to have full control over how to best allocate education funding. The funding will allow for the delivery of educational programs and services for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition, funding support for post-secondary is included.