Phone: 807-548-4912    Fax: 807-548-5917    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Principal: Ryan T. White

The name Kiizhik School (Gaagagekiizhik GaKinoo'amaawadiiwi'gamig GaKinoo'amaawasowin) was determined at an Anishinaabe ceremony and symbolizes the sky, cedar, and learning lodge - all of which hold a cultural meaning in Anishinaabe culture.

Kiizhik school opened its doors in September 2015 with 15 children from Kindergarten to Year 2 after negotiations by the Bimose Tribal council in Kenora with provincial education authorities to open the first school of its kind in Ontario.  In 2016, we have grown to now offer classes up to grade 4; it is our goal that we can begin adding new grades each year of operation.

Our registered students come from the surrounding communities: Ochichaagwe'Babigo'Inning (Dalles), Grassy Narrows, Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation, Northwest Angle 33, Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake #39), Obashkandagaang (Wasagamis Bay) and Wauzhushk Onigum (Rat Portage) First Nations.

The in**of Kiizhik School started with a vision, and with time and dedication from Bimose Tribal Council, and the help the partnerships we have developed over our journey, the vision of Kiizhik became a reality - opening its doors and becoming a historical event in the efforts to preserve the Anishinaabe Culture through learning.

Ryan T. White, Kiizhik Principal


A message from our Principal

Boozhoo, mizhiikianakut n’dishinikaaz, piizhew n’dodem.  

First let me say, I am proud and happy to say that we have an Anishinaabe School right in the heart of Kenora, Ontario. As we celebrate, moving into our third year and adding the grade 5 class, it has presented interesting and positive growth for students, staff, and families alike.  With lofty but attainable goals, we set our sights on the stars and reach for them as each day passes.  As we move forward we want to ensure that we all progress together as a family unit, as our Anishinaabe elders would teach us.

Like many of our students and families of Kiizhik, growing up in a First Nation and attending an on reserve school we face many struggles.  Maintaining Anishinaabe language and culture is one of them.  At Kiizhik we offer many cultural activities such as smudging in the morning, Anishinaabe prayer and flag song.

Kiizhik also has monthly pow wows, feasts, and giveaways and we also welcome elders come in to visit with the students.  The calming nature of the culture (elders, smudge and prayer) sets the stage for a better learning environment.

Our numeracy and literacy expectations are just as important.  As we infuse culture and language into the classrooms, it also sets the appreciation and the expectations of the Ontario curriculum.  As mentioned with the language and culture, there are certainly learning struggles, but we’d like to focus on the progress and the enrichment of student learning.  We will all learn to celebrate those learnings each day.

In closing, Kiizhik School offers many possible ideas and will try new things to enhance the learning of the student in a cultural and safe environment.  We look forward to meeting all the parents, kokums, tatanons and families, and invite them to come to the school and visit.


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The Anishinaabe Language Bowl is a friendly gathering of students of all the First Nation schools in Treaty #3 area which empowers students to use their First Language through activities, challenges and sharing. This forum embraces Ojibwe language, culture and identity in a fun, positive, sharing environment for students

Head Office

Washagamis Bay 38A,
P.O. Box 1200,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3X7

Central Office

598 Lakeview Drive,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3P7


Phone: 807-468-5551

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