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Structural Readiness

Over the past five years,the programs and services the Department provides to Matawa First Nation schools and communities have grown significantly. Coupled with continuing changes to First Nation education,this has created a need to enhance the Department’s capacity to effectively provide these supports and services. With a mandate from the Matawa Chiefs in Assembly, the Department is developing options for its organizational development that will allow it to continue carrying out this important work. Strategic Planning Matawa Education is currently in the process of renewing their Regional 5 Year Strategic Plan for Education for 2014-2019. A process of review, key informant interviews and consultation with community stakeholders has been underway and will culminate in a draft plan ready for December 2014.

1. Document Review, a variety of literature and documentation has been reviewed relating to First Nations Education and specifically that of the Matawa Communities. A comprehensive review of demographic and educational statistical information has also been underway, including review of existing community education strategic plans.    

2. Key informant interviews and Community visits will be undertaken in the early fall of 2014 to gather more data and information directly from the communities themselves. This will include, parents, student, elders and leadership, amongst others.    

3. A Strategic Planning Exercise will be conducted to draft the Plan following the community visits. Members from each community will participate via the Regional Action Committee on Education.    

4. The draft will be presented to each community in person and finally to the Chiefs for final approval in December of 2014. 

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PASS Program

PASS Program Pathways to Achieve Student Success (PASS) is an exciting new education initiative involving eight Matawa First Nation schools. With funding provided through Aboriginal Affairs Canada’s First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) has three primary target areas:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Student success


Post Secondary

Post Secondary The Matawa Post Secondary Program provides assistance to students in the five eligible First Nations of Aroland, Ginoogaming, Long Lake#58, Neskantaga and Webequie. We provide information and resources on:

  • The Subsidized Post Secondary
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Eligibility Requirements and Application Process
  • and more…


Learning Centre

Learning Centre The Matawa Learning Centre is a private First Nations High School serving the students of the five remote Matawa communities of Neskantaga, Webequie, Marten Falls, Nibinamik and Eabametoong. We provide assistance to students with:

  • Academic counselling & support
  • Career Guidance Post secondary services & Application processes
  • Specialized Course & Program Selections And more…