Sandy Lake First Nation

Site: Gabbius Goodman Memorial Learning Centre

Service: Alternative Education Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Independent First Nation (No Tribal Council affiliation)  
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN)  
Treaty #5
Description (Service) Provides alternative education for adult community members to obtain a high school diploma
Program objectives are as follows: 
  • Enable students to obtain secondary school credit courses in their home community  
  • Provide an alternative way to earn a provincial high school diploma (Ontario Secondary School Diploma OSSD)  
  • Promote First Nations culture
Program offers: 
  • A wide range of course selection delivered through Independent Learning Centre (ILC) and the Cooperative Education Program 
  • Upgrading and education opportunities through the Wahsa Distance Education Program, the Lakehead Public Schools Distance Education program and Contact North  
  • Native languages courses 
  • Academic counselling and referrals to appropriate agencies as needed  
  • Participation in the mandatory Ontario Secondary Student Literacy Test (OSSLT) program 
  • All necessary school supplies and cost of basic student insurance
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Sandy Lake First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Members of Sandy Lake First Nation
Application Courses require registration 
Initial interview required to: 
  • Determine educational and vocational goals 
  • Review student transcripts 
  • Provide course counselling and course selection 
  • Establish a timetable
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Oji-Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone Main 807-774-1030 
Fax 807-774-1581
Primary Contact Adult Education Coordinator
Alternate Contact Troy A Kakepetum, Education Director; Phone: 807-774-1135; Email:
Site Location Community is approx 227 km NE of Red Lake, on the NW end of Sandy Lake and along the Manitoba border
Located In Community Sandy Lake First Nation
Address Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
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Mailing Address c/o Gabbius Goodman Memorial Learning Centre 
PO Box 24 
Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education (MOE) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
Elections Board of Directors consisting of 5 members, one from each of the different geographical areas of Sandy Lake, elected every 2 years