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Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: Matawa First Nations Management 
Political Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #9 
  • Post-secondary student support contact is Robinson Meshake ( 
  • Most post-secondary students from Aroland First Nation attend schools in Thunder Bay or Sault Ste Marie
Description (Service) Provides educational services and supports to elementary and secondary school students living on reserve 
  • Administers education programs through the Matawa Education Authority 
  • Operates the Johnny Therriault Memorial School for elementary students from JK to Grade 8 
  • Provides bus transportation for secondary school students to Geraldton High School
Post Secondary Student Support Program 
  • Provides support throughout the school year to post secondary students both on and off the reserve through the Matawa Post Secondary Program 
  • Provides assistance for applying/filling out application forms for colleges and universities
Hours School: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm 
Band Office: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Aroland First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) and up 
  • Members of Aroland First Nation regardless of age 
  • All school aged children and youth living on reserve
Post Secondary Student Support Program 
  • All Band members regardless of residency are eligible to apply for assistance if attending a post-secondary institution 
  • Financial assistance is limited by available funding
Application Post Secondary Student Support Program 
  • Applications for assistance available at office  
  • Deadline to apply for assistance for fall start date is June 1st; January start date is Oct 15th
For financial assistance applicant required to provide: 
  • Photocopy of recent status card  
  • Completed post-secondary application package 
  • 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 807-329-5470
Fax 807-329-5472
Primary Contact Bill Beaucage, Principal, Johnny Therriault Memorial School; Email:
Site Location Settlement is located 60 km N of Geraldton, then 20 km W of Nakina on Hwy 643
Located In Community Aroland First Nation
Address Hwy 643
Aroland, ON P0T 1B0
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Mailing Address c/o Education Authority 
PO Box 40 
Aroland, ON P0T 1B0
Physical Access Not Applicable
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established 1999
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)