Whitefish River First Nation highly values and promotes lifelong learning. This is accomplished by combining the Seven Grandfather Teachings (Wisdom, Love, Bravery, Truth, Respect, Humility, and Honesty) through the teachings of the Medicine Wheel (Spiritual, Emotional, Mental/Intellectual, and Physical conditions). Consistent development and practice of the Seven Grandfather Teachings and Medicine Wheel will result in our citizens walking in balance.

 The Education Department runs under the direction of the Band Manager and the Whitefish River First Nation Chief and Council. The goal of the department is to provide support services to students and their families to make certain the student’s education aspirations are being accomplished.

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  • To deliver support services to students and their family
  • To act as a liaison between the educational institution and the student and their family
  • To provide appropriate programming as required to meet the education needs of the members of Whitefish River First Nation
  • To ensure that the education budget is being administered in accordance with the appropriate and respective funding agreements as well as Whitefish River First Nations policies and guidelines


The Education Department deals with all aspects of education services for Whitefish River First Nation

  • Maamwe Kendaasing Childcare Centre – Administering services for toddler to pre-school
  • Shawanosowe School – Teaching youth from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6
  • Providing bussing services for students in Grade 7 through 12 attending either AB Ellis Public School, Sacred Heart and Espanola High School
  • Providing community members with the opportunity to achieve a Post-Secondary education to meeting their individual career ambitions

Department Staff

Education Manager

  • Supervises the Maamwe Kendaasing Child Care Supervisor, Librarian and 3 Bus Drivers

Maamwe Kendaasing Childcare Centre

  • Maamwe Kendaasing Childcare Centre Supervisor
    • Manages 3 Registered Early Childhood Educators and 1 Cook

Shawanosowe School

  • Principal
    • Manages 5 Teachers, 3 Educational Assistants, 1 Administrative Assistant



  • Post-Secondary Policy and Application
  • Shawanosowe School Registration Form
Click here for forms and applications.