Welcome to the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body

Participating First Nations (PFNs) work together through a central administrative structure called the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB). The KEB takes direction from the PFNs. The KEB supports First Nations in their delivery of education programs and services and liaises with the Province of Ontario on education matters.

The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body distributes education funding provided by the federal government to the PFNs. Under the direction of the PFNs, the KEB supports the implementation of the Regional Education Councils (RECs) educational priorities, while working with the PFNs to establish system-wide education standards, and manage education relationships with the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The PFNs work together with the KEB to identify and manage their educational priorities and the Anishinabek Education System's governance. Currently, there are 13 Directors selected by the First Nations to the Board of Directors to oversee the work of the KEB.

KEB Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors for the KEB is represented by 13 Directors from the four Regional Education Councils.  Executive Officers for the Board of Directors include Catherine Pawis from Wasauksing (Chairperson), Evelyn Ball from Chippewas of Rama (Vice-Chairperson), Elaine Stewart from Pic Mobert (Treasurer) and Vicki Ware from Aamjiwnaang (Secretary). Directors occupy a rotating term of office and are elected by the membership of the Anishinabek Education System.  The 2019-2020 Board of Directors includes:

Directors for REC #1

Judy Desmoulin (Long Lake #58)

Tim Hardy (Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek)

Lisa Michano-Courchene (Biigtigong Nishnaabeg)

Elaine Stewart (Pic Mobert)

Directors for REC #2

Janice Cada (Sheshegwaning)

Sherry Dayfox (Sheshegwaning)

Dave Shawanda (Whitefish River)

Directors for REC #3

Phyllis Anderson (Nipissing)

Marianna Couchie (Nipissing)

Catherine Pawis (Wasauksing)

Directors for REC #4

Greer Atkinson (Chippewas of Georgina Island)

Evelyn Ball (Chippewas of Rama)

Vicki Ware (Aamjiwnaang)

The Anishinabek Nation

For more than 20 years, the Anishinabek Nation and its member communities have worked to establish the Anishinabek Education System (AES). The Anishinabek Education System is based on the Anishinabek First Nations’ inherent jurisdiction over on-reserve education.

The Agreement with Canada provides reliable funding to operate the stand-alone education system parallel to its federal and provincial counterparts, and to have full control over allocating education funding. The funding allows 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.