Anishinabek Education System

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 Anishinabek Education System consists of a central education body, regional education councils and Anishinabek First Nations. The First Nations will make their own education laws, and will appoint the central body’s board. They can also choose to set up local and regional bodies to coordinate services, draw upon regional expertise, and respond to their concerns.


The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body will distribute education funds provided by the federal government, worth about $100,000,000 a year. It will set up educational policies and guidelines, implement standards for diplomas and certificates, and manage education relationships with the provincial government.

  • The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body will act like a school board. It will provide services to First Nations schools. It will handle relations with the provincial schools that Anishinaabe students attend.
  • This education body will take direction from First Nations. It will provide advice. But it will not tell First Nations what to do.
  • Education councils will help First Nations in each region to share services and work together.
  • Like the central education body, the regional education councils will work for the First Nations.

The First Nations that join the education system will work together through Kinoomaadziwin to identify and manage their educational priorities, and the systems’ governance. There have been 10 Directors appointed to oversee this central body and 5 Directors will also be member of the Finance Committee that will monitor the distribution of education funds.


Anishinabek First Nations have agreed to set up regional councils to coordinate the support for education programs and services. Each Regional Education Council’s exact roles and duties will be determined by its member First Nations.


Each First Nation may set up a local education board or committee to manage it educational programs and services at the community level.


The Anishinabek Education System would group First Nations into 4 regions.


The Anishinabek Education System will have secure and predictable funding from the federal government. This will provide:

  • Reliable funding for programs that now need special proposals. This means guaranteed funding for student literacy, numeracy and retention, school success plans, and measurement of student success.
  • Stable funding for students to get university degrees, college diplomas, or trades certificates.
  • Additional funds for agreed improvements to programs and services, and further increases if more First Nations join the education system.
  • Automatic top-ups if the federal government raises its education budget for all First Nations by more than what it provides Anishinabek First Nations.
  • Anishinabek First Nations can top up education funds from their own revenues without affecting their federal funding for education.


The Anishinabek First Nations and Ontario signed an historic framework agreement on November 19, 2015. Guided by this understanding, negotiators are developing an agreement to support First Nation students’ education in Anishinabek First Nation schools and provincial schools.