The Matawa Education Department provides quality, accessible, community based educational support services for seven Matawa First Nation schools; Aroland, Eabametoong, Nibinamik, Long Lake #58, Ginoogaming, Neskantaga, and Webequie First Nations.
Our role is to support any educational initiatives that result in school improvements and that positively impact the quality of education provided for students. Supporting the local education authorities, and networking with Aboriginal organizations, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Provincial Ministry of Education, School Boards, and Post Secondary and Secondary/ Elementary institutions is an important responsibility of the Matawa Education Department. Adult education and training are also a strong focus of this department.
Between 2000 and 2001, seven (7) youth from remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario died while attending high school in Thunder Bay. One (1) of those students was Jordan Wabasse. Jordan was a member of Webequie First Nation. He was fifteen years old and a student of the Matawa Learning Centre at the time of his death. An Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youth began on October 5, 2015 and ended on June 28, 2016. Click on this link to view the: