M'Chigeeng First Nation

Site: Band Office

Service: Education Department

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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Manitoulin Island Treaty
Description (Service) Provides educational services and supports to elementary, secondary and post-secondary school students  
  • Administers Lakeview School 
  • Coordinates bus transportation arrangements
Secondary Education 
  • Provides tuition sponsorship, student activity fees and one-time lock fee for students attending high school at Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) which is overseen by the Rainbow District School Board 
  • Partners with MSS to inform and prepare students for life at the high school by assisting with timetable choices, meeting with the students and easing the transition through a spring weekend of activities  
  • Provides monetary awards to students with perfect attendance records and/or credits earned per semester
Post Secondary Program (PSP)  
  • Determines funding eligibility and provides financial assistance to post-secondary students 
  • Provides advocacy and liaison services, counselling and other support services throughout the school year 
  • Provides assistance with admissions criteria and applying/filling out application forms for colleges and universities 
  • Recommends education policy amendments as necessary to meet student needs
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
Areas Served M'Chigeeng First Nation
Eligibility Members of M'Chigeeng First Nation
Secondary Education 
  • Members of M'Chigeeng First Nation residing on-reserve 
  • Must be attending an accredited high school 
  • Must meet academic requirements for secondary program 
  • NOTE: MFN students off-reserve are approved for sponsorship only if they are included on the Nominal Roll
Post Secondary Program  
  • Members of M'Chigeeng First Nation both on/off-reserve 
  • Must be continuing education at a post-secondary institution  
  • Financial assistance limited by available funding
Application Secondary Education 
  • Must submit an application for sponsorship to Education Department 
  • Must register at chosen high school before start of classes 
  • Funding is limited to 4.5 years per student to receive Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); exceptions may be made in specific circumstances
Post Secondary Program 
  • Applications for assistance available at office  
  • Deadline to apply for assistance for all start dates is Mar 30th 
  • All continuing students must reapply each year and provide transcripts from the previous year
For financial assistance applicant required to provide:  
  • Photocopy of recent status card  
  • Completed post-secondary application package available at Education Department 
  • Letter of acceptance from post-secondary institution  
  • Transcripts from high school and any previous academic institutions  
  • Detailed letter of intent with program information  
  • Copy of voided cheque or bank information  
  • Signed student contract
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-377-5362 Ext 221
Fax 705-377-4980
Website www.mchigeeng.ca
Primary Contact Jessie Debassige, Education Secretary
Site Location Community is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island at the base of West Bay and at the intersection of Hwy 540 & 551
Located In Community M'Chigeeng First Nation
Address 53 Hwy 551
M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0
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Mailing Address c/o Education Department 
PO Box 333 
M'Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education ; Federal - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)