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.
The Anishinabek Education System has 4 regional councils.
Regional Education Councils (RECs)
Regional Education Council #1
- Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek
- Long Lake #58 First Nation
- Pic Mobert First Nation
- Biigtigong Nishnaabeg
Regional Education Council #2
- Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation
- Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
- Sheshegwaning First Nation
- Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
- Whitefish River First Nation
- Michipicoten First Nation
Regional Education Council #3
- Dokis First Nation
- Henvey Inlet First Nation
- Magnetawan First Nation
- Moose Deer Point First Nation
- Nipissing First Nation
- Wahnapitae First Nation
- Wasauksing First Nation
Regional Education Council #4
- Aamjiwnaang First Nation
- Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation
- Munsee-Delaware First Nation
- Chippewas of Rama First Nation
- Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation
- Beausoleil First Nation
KEB Board of Directors
REC #1 KEB Board of Directors:
- Elaine Stewart, Pic Mobert First Nation
- Judy Desmoulin, Long Lake #58 First Nation
- Lisa Michano-Courchene, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation
- Tim Hardy, Binjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek
REC #2 KEB Board of Directors:
Dave Shawanda, Whitefish River First Nation
- Janice Cada, Sheshegwaning First Nation
- Sherry Dayfox, Sheshegwaning First Nation
REC #3 KEB Board of Directors:
- Catherine Pawis, Wasauksing First Nation
- Phyllis Anderson, Nipissing First Nation
- Marianna Couchie, Nipissing First Nation
REC #4 KEB Board of Directors:
- Evelyn Ball, Chippewas of Rama First Nation
- Vicki Ware, Aamjiwnaang First Nation
- Greer Atkinson, Chippewas of Georgina Island
About the Logo
The logo created for the Anishinabek Education System (AES) is meant to symbolize the beliefs and values of Anishinabek.
The four colours in the centre circle represent our communities and all who live in them: children, youth, adults and elders. It represents Anishinaabe knowledge - the Anishinaabe world-view or thought.
The bear paw is symbolic of the protection and strength that our language and culture provide for us, like a mother bear provides for her cubs. It also speaks of healing for the Anishinabek. In the traditional Anishinabek clan system, the Bear Clan is responsible for protecting their people to ensure the safety of the gentler clans inside the community. The Bear Clan are also the medicine people. They know the healing ways of plants.
The eagle is representative of our spiritual connection to all of creation and the responsibility of Binaase to provide for the education of our people.
Our logo in all its meanings captures the traditional and modern belief that education is a parental and community responsibility.