At A Glance


We, the Anishinabek, are responsible to educate our children so that in the generations to follow there will always be Anishinabe.

Our education system will strive to ensure a quality of life based on the highest standards of Anishinabe intellectual, holistic knowledge that support the preservation and on-going development of the Anishinabe. Anishinabe Pane.


The Anishinabek Education System will endeavor to:

  • prepare Anishinaabe citizens for success through the provision of quality education based on Anishinaabe standards of education;
  • deliver Anishinaabe and English  (French) language programs where students have the opportunity to become fluent in Anishinaabemowin;
  • impart knowledge of the Anishinaabe culture and history at the same time as knowledge of Euro-Canadian culture and history;
  • prepare Anishinaabe citizens to realize their full potential in their lifetime responsibilities in the areas of employment, family life, recreation and use of leisure;
  • respect local First Nation autonomy in the development and delivery of education programs and services;
  • involve parents, Language Speakers and Elders in all aspects of the development and delivery of education programs and services; and,
  • work cooperatively with provincial school boards to ensure Anishinabek educational standards are respected and reflected in the provincial schools Anishinaabe attend.

Once the number of First Nations that successfully ratified are confirmed; the Anishinabek Education System will be created. The work to transition to the new system will move forward for the First Nations that will have ratified the Education Agreement.


There must always be Anishinaabe. We, the Anishinabek, must prepare our citizens for the quality of life based on the highest standards of Anishinaabe intellectual, holistic knowledge that supports the preservation and on-going development of the Anishinaabe.

The Anishinabek Education System will make positive advances in:

  •  Anishinabek student success;
  •  Increasing graduation rates;
  •  The development of culturally relevant curriculum and educational programs;
  • Effective and efficient financial management and administration of education funding;
  •  Reliable and relevant First Nation education research, records, reporting and accountability; and
  •  Viable education partnerships that support the Anishinabek First Nation’s educational goals.


The logo symbolizes the values and beliefs of the Anishinabek. It represents Anishinaabe knowledge – the Anishinaabe world-view and thought.

  • The four colours: the four colours found in the centre circle represent our communities and our people, E’Dbendaggzijig: children, youth, adults and Elders.
  • The bear paw: symbolizes the strength and protection that our language and customs provide for us, like a Mother Bear provides for her cubs. It also speaks of healing for Anishinabek.
  • The Eagle: represents our spiritual connection to all of creation and the responsibility of Binaase to provide for the education of the people – the truth.

Our logo in all of its meanings captures the traditional and modern belief that education is both a parental and community responsibility.

Anishinaabe Kinomaadswin Nongo. Anishinaabe Pane!


The Participating First Nations (PFN) under the Anishinabek Education System (AES) will enact education laws that govern the AES and the delivery of programs and services.

Under the Anishinabek Education System, Participating First Nations are . . .

  • promoting Anishinaabe culture and language;
  • implementing programs and services to improve student retention rates, academic achievement and well-being;
  • establishing and maintaining system-wide education standards that support the transfer of Anishinabek students between the Anishinabek Education System schools and the provincial education system schools; and
  • a system of accountability to First Nation members.

The Anishinabek Education System will have secure and predictable funding from the Government of Canada under a new education funding agreement. The Participating First Nations will have funding to:

  • continue to operate schools on-reserve;
  • continue the tuition agreements with local school boards;
  • support student-focussed educational programs and services that incorporate Anishinaabe culture, language, history, knowledge and values;
  • continue to provide funding support for Anishinabek students to get university degrees, college diplomas, or trades certificates and licenses;
  • address special education needs;
  • set-up and operate the Anishinabek Education System; and
  • develop curriculum and educational resources for the Anishinabek Education System; among other things.

In addition, the Participating First Nations will not lose out on future federal investments in First Nation education.  There is a process to review future federal funding investments in First Nation education and include any new money as part of our education funding agreement.

Anishinabek First Nations can top-up education funds from their own revenues without affecting their federal funding for education. The federal government funding for education will not be reduced because a First Nation tops-up their education funding.


  • 23 Anishinabek First Nations in Ontario
  • About 25,000 Anishinabek members
  • Approximately 2,000 students on-reserve from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12