We are a unified team of chiefs, staff, parents and educators who advocate on behalf of and represent the educational interests of our communities, and we protect the educational and Mi'kmaw language rights of the Mi'kmaq people.
Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey (MK) continues to work on improving the quality of education for our people, while remaining vigilant in maintaining and revitalizing our Mi'kmaq language.
Armed with the inspiration from our youth, and the guidance and leadership from our Board of Directors, education directors, schools, staff, and partnerships, MK has forged ahead, exploring new opportunities for academic excellence, and re-visiting and enhancing existing operations and programs.
A prime example is the First Nation School Success Program (FNSSP). Designed to facilitate the continued success of MK schools, FNSSP is only in its fifth year of operation, but has already seen tremendous success. Over the past year:
- High school graduation rates among First Nation students in Nova Scotia were nearly 88%, considerably higher than the national average of 35%;
- Numeracy and literacy rates in elementary and secondary schools increased;
- More than 500 First Nation students were enrolled in post secondary institutions;
- Eighty-eight First Nation students graduated from a post secondary institution in 2013 and went out into the world, confidently expanding their personal horizons and ready to make a change in their communities; and
- Our special needs students are getting the focused attention they need to grow and thrive.
Atlantic Canada's First Nation Help Desk continues to provide technology-related resources and excellence in service to Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey and Atlantic Canada First Nation schools. Some highlights include:
- Fibre optics connectivity;
- Safe Internet feeds;
- Reliable videoconferencing networks; and
- More youth employment opportunities
Mi'kmaq language and immersion efforts have seen the creation of a 6,000+ word Mi'kmaq-Mi'gmag online talking dictionary. With help from the First Nation Help Desk, Mi'kmaq language classes are now offered to daycares via videoconference, and a Mi'kmaq 110/Mi'kmaw Language 11 web-based courses is offered in all high schools. St. Francis Xavier University has also delivered its first program in the Mi'kmaw language and has graduated Mi'kmaq Immersion teachers with a certificate in teaching immersion.
The MK Student Information System (MK SIS) can now efficiently montiro strategies and goals for schools and create accurate educational support statistics such as graduation, attendance and retention rates.
- Two new schools have been and are in the process of being built in Membertou Mi'kmaw Nation and Wagmatcook Mi'kmaw Nation.
- One new gymnasium has been built for the community of Eskasoni.
Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey continuously strives for academic excellence in its students and communities, and continues to make great strides in its efforts to empower youth, and in turn, empower the Mi'kmaw nation.
Vision: Our people have a common opportunity that provides the best possible educational experience such that our students achieve the highest standards in Canada in the broadest sense, and they are comprehensively prepared for their chosen next steps after high school. The education is provided in a way that our language, culture, and traditions are fostered in their lives thereafter and embedded in their character. We will achieve these goals in both our community as well as in provincial schools.
Guiding Principles: We operate in a way that is consistent with the seven sacred teachings: respect, honesty, courage, love, truth, humility, and wisdom. We are accountable and transparent. We continually uphold the importance of language, the quality of education providing common opportunity, treaty and aboriginal rights and land. We are Mi'kmaq.