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Manitoba First Nations School System (MFNSS), the first of its kind in Canada1, is a school system designed for First Nations by First Nations. A leader in First Nations education in Manitoba, MFNSS recognizes and meets the unique needs of First Nations students.

While respecting First Nations control, treaty and inherent rights, MFNSS supports schools to improve the quality of education, improve academic standards, and increase student outcomes, including retention, completion and graduation rates.

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), in partnership with First Nations, established MFNSS to support student, staff and school administration, consistent with a mandate from First Nations leaders through Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).

In December 2016, MFNERC, First Nations leaders and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), now Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), signed Education Governance and Delegation Agreements, authorizing MFNSS to provide educational programming and enhanced supports to First Nations schools.

Fulfilling the vision of First Nation’s leadership to take back control of First Nations education, MFNSS assumed responsibility for administering and managing elementary and secondary education programs and services for 10 First Nations, with more than 2000 students, in July 2017.

First Nations have agreed to an initial five-year term, signaling the historic start of a partnership strengthening language and culture within communities through holistic delivery and land- based education from highly qualified First Nations education professionals.

1 Trudeau, Justin. Twitter Post, December 16, 2016,

MFNSS Partners | March 2019

Bloodvein First Nation – Miskooseepi School Brokenhead

Ojibway Nation – Sergeant Tommy Prince School

Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation – Mahpiya Hdega School

Dakota Tipi First Nation

Fox Lake Cree Nation – Fox Lake School

Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation – Keeseekoowenin School

Lake Manitoba First Nation – Lake Manitoba School

Lake St. Martin First Nation -Lake St. Martin School

Pinaymootang First Nation – Pinaymootang School

Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation – Ginew School

York Factory First Nation – George Saunders Memorial School


EGA Signing Ceremony

In December 2016, the Education Governance Agreement (EGA) was signed between Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to authorize Manitoba First Nations School System to provide education programming and enhanced support for over 2,000 First Nations students in Manitoba.


Grand Entry for MFNSS opening ceremony

On October 11, 2017, the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc. held the grand opening for the Manitoba First Nations School System at Sergeant Tommy Prince School in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.  The grand entry also included Minister Jane Philpott for Canada.