About Us

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Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Member Community


A successful holistic life-long journey rooted in Mi’kmaq language and culture.


As the collective voice for Mi’kmaw education, the primary MK mission is to actively promote excellence in Mi’kmaq education, interests and rights for our communities and to facilitate the development of lifelong learning by:

  • Engaging every community, learner and teacher to live their dreams, including the power to broaden the meaning of education and supporting dreams that are achievable for each student to the extent of their possibilities, interests and capabilities.
  • To respond to the needs of Mi’kmaq communities and students in attaining an education enabling them to be the best they can be at every stage of their educational journey.

Introducing Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

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.

 Some of our achievements over the past year include:

  • High school graduation rates among First Nation students in Nova Scotia were nearly 94%
  • Numeracy and literacy rates in elementary and secondary schools increased;
  • 83% of First Nation students are educated in MK schools
  • More than 600 First Nation students were enrolled in post secondary institutions; and
  • We have a 91% average attendance rate at MK schools

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 video conferencing networks; and
  • More youth employment opportunities

Mi’kmaq language and immersion efforts have seen the creation of a stand-alone immersion school in Eskasoni for students up to grade 4. Wagmatcook school also offers immersion classes for their K-4 students through grade 2. Mi’kmaw language support is offered through online and in-person classes to communities without many fluent speakers. Our initiatives such as the Mentor Apprentice program and Junior Mentor Apprentice program have been successful in promoting the use of the language in a safe and comfortable learning environment. 

The MK Student Information System (MK SIS) can now efficiently monitor strategies and goals for schools and create accurate educational support statistics such as graduation, attendance and retention rates.

Tangible growth

  • A new school has been built in Pictou Landing First Nation 

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.


Board of Directors

Chief Deborah Robinson, Acadia Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Gerald Toney, Annapolis Valley Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Carol Potter, Bear River Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Leroy Denny, Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation (Chairman)
Chief Sidney Peters, Glooscap Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Terrance Paul, Membertou Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief (Interim) Tma Francis, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Andrea Paul, Pictou Landing Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Wilbert Marshall, Potlotek Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Michael Sack, Sɨpekne’katik Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Norman Bernard, Wagmatcook Mi’kmaw Nation
Chief Annie Bernard-Daisley, We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw Nation
Grand Keptin Antle Denny, Mi’kmaw Grand Council
John Frank Toney, Eskasoni School Board
District Chief Alex Christmas, Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq

Education Directors

Janice Francis, Acadia Mi’kmaw Nation
Nastasya Kennedy, Annapolis Valley Mi’kmaw Nation
Lorraine Melanson, Bear River Mi’kmaw Nation
Elizabeth Cremo, Eskasoni Mi’kmaw Nation
Marylin Perkins, Glooscap Mi’kmaw Nation
Darren Googoo, Membertou Mi’kmaw Nation
Tanya Francis, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
Sheila Francis, Pictou Landing Mi’kmaw Nation
Donna Lameman, Potlotek Mi’kmaw Nation
Velvet Paul, Sɨpekne’katik Mi’kmaw Nation
Brian Arbuthnot, Wagmatcook Mi’kmaw Nation
Joanne Alex, We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw Nation