Whitefish River First Nation

Site: Shawanosowe School

Service: First Nation School

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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) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty 
Student body is approx 58 students
Description (Service) Operates an elementary school for community students  
  • Offers a full curriculum for students from JK to Grade 6; approved and inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education  
  • Provides an Ojibway language immersion program, an initiative that incorporates cultural and Native language into daily curriculum 
  • Provides the Confident Learners Program which supports and promotes student literacy through individual learning  
  • Offers a Breakfast program which provides breakfast and nutrition breaks to students 
  • Provides five classrooms, a library, and a computer lab  
  • Offers extra-curricular activities such as snowshoeing and movie nights 
  • Participates in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Canada Program which provides laptops and tablets to each child aged 6-12 years in the school as a learning tool  
  • Provides bus transportation for all students attending the school
Special Education  
  • Provides special education assistance for students with learning difficulties  
  • Develops an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each student with annual reviews  
  • Strives for maximum amount of integration with regular programs
Hours Office: Mon- Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Whitefish River First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) and up 
Members of Whitefish River First Nation
Special Education
Any child with special needs and/or learning difficulties
  • Registration required  
  • Must show copy of child's birth certificate/status card and immunization record
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-285-1311
Fax 705-285-1314
E-Mail admin@shawanosowe.ca
Website www.whitefishriver.ca
Primary Contact Cara McGregor, Administration Assistant
Site Location Community is in village of Birch Island off Hwy 6 just N of Manitoulin Island, 20 kms N of LIttle Current and 68 km SW of Sudbury
Located In Community Whitefish River First Nation
Address 321 Maple Heights Rd
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
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Intersection Rainbow Ridge Rd and Bay of Islands Rd
Mailing Address c/o Shawanosowe School 
PO Box 208 
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
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)