Established by the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC), MFNSS is a First Nations-designed
and led school system, realizes a vision set in motion by our leadership almost 50 years ago. MFNSS holds at its
core four universal principals, intended to drive our decision making and actions. These universal principals are:
Recognizing the diversity within First Nations, addressing unique needs, and respecting First Nations
control and treaty and inherent rights.
Working along with communities to ensure standards for high-quality education and school improvement are applied equally to all schools, as well as ensuring standards are administered using best
practices for effective schools for First Nations students
Attracting and retaining qualified education staff and stemming teacher turn over by paying salaries
comparable to those of provincial teachers. Providing students with access to a wide range of opportunities and resources.
Developing and maintaining relationships built on a shared commitment to meeting the needs of the
students we serve.
Since starting operations in July 2017, MFNSS has made significant strides in developing an education system
reflecting First Nations worldview, culture, and values. As of March 2019, eleven First Nations schools have signed
on for an initial term, with several others expressing an interest in joining.