Recent News

Memo: Gaagagekiizhik Elementary & Bimose Community High School Reopening Schedule

August 24, 2020

Boozhoo Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,

We have been given direction by our Board to delay our in-person school programming until September 21st. However, starting September 8th, 2020, we will be providing online learning through Google Classroom. 

We have ordered individual Chromebooks for every student and plan on using these as part of our learning platform. When they arrive, we will connect with each family to arrange delivery of the technology for student learning.

Students will be taught through synchronous learning using Google Meet and/or Zoom online communications with their teachers.

We are also providing, at the school, one-to-one mental health support and counselling by appointment only. This is to ensure we are taking every precaution needed to keep everyone safe. The required Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) will be worn during these appointments at all times. A full sanitization will be done before and after each appointment as well. If in-person mental health support and counseling is not feasible at the school, we can accommodate by utilizing Zoom video communication. If any one-to-one tutoring is required, we can facilitate this over Zoom video communication as well.

If you have any questions, please connect with one of the principals listed below. Miigwech!

For Elementary:
Wendy McPherson - (807) 548-4912 ext. 102

For High School:
Darcy Wickham - (807) 548-4912 ext. 110

Return to School Survey: 2020/2021 School Year

August 8, 2020

Please fill this survey out for EACH student you have attending at Gaagagekiizhik School and Bimose Community High School. We need this information to properly plan for the health and safety of all our staff and students at the school. Surveys need to be completed by August 21 in order for students to return on September 8 (first day of school).

MEMO: Gaagagekiizhik Elementary School & Bimose Community High School

May 21, 2020

The Ministry of Education released a statement that all Ontario Schools will be closed for the remainder of this school year. As news comes in about how the new school year will look and a start date, we will let all our families know.

We would also like to say Miigwech to all our students and thier families for your continued support during this time.

Covid-19 Educational Payment Benefit

April 9, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardians,

When applying for this, please remember that we are a private school and our name is seen as, Gaagige Kiizhiik Gakinoo' amaadiiw' gamig (Elementary P9N-3Y4)


On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Ontario government announced that schools will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020, to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The decision to extend the closures was made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

Please click here to view Memo sent to Students and Families.

Anishinaabemowin Phrase of the Break

Wii'Ji' Gi-Maa-Maa?
(Help Your Mom)

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: Wendy McPherson

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 2019, we have grown to now offer classes up to grade 7; 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.

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.

Wendy McPherson, GaagageKiizhik Principal


A message from our Principal

Boozhoo, Aniin,

Gaagagekiizhik Gakinoo’amaadiiwi’gamig Gakinoo’amaawasowin (Gaagagekiizhik School) strives to create a nest of supports, a safe learning environment for all, while providing an inclusive and engaging environment where all students can become lifelong learners. Our Anishinaabe educational philosophy is based on providing each student with a culturally infused educational program grounded in the language, the Circle of Courage model and the Sacred Teachings. 

At Gaagagekiizhik School, we create a holistic learning environment based on daily cultural teachings that integrates each student’s mental, emotional, spiritual and physical domains.

Our teachers provide differentiated instruction and strategies to support all students’ diverse needs so that all students experience academic success. This strengthens our numeracy and literacy outcomes, which is geared toward academic achievement, and student success that fulfills the Ontario curriculum.

Gaagagekiizhik School has a warm and inviting atmosphere that lends to an environment of inclusion honoring each student’s uniqueness that creates a sense of belonging. This is what sets Gaagagekiizhik School apart from other educational programs and why it is considered an exemplary instructional model.


School Office

Gaagagekiizhik School
1450 Valley Drive,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3Y4

Central Office

Bimose Tribal Council
598 Lakeview Drive,
Kenora, Ontario
P9N 3P7


School Office: 807-548-4912
 School Fax: 807-548-5917
Central Office: 807-468-5551
Central Fax: 807-468-3908

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