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First Nation Student Success Program


The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) is part of an overall initiative that focuses on the long-term reform of First Nation education. It is designed to support on-reserve educators from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in their ongoing efforts to meet students’ needs and improve student and school results. Specifically, the FNSSP is designed to help First Nation educators plan and make improvements in the priority areas of literacy, numeracy and student retention.

The FNSSP is a key component of the broader Reforming First Nations Education Initiative and has three components:

  1. School Success Plans - Introduction of consistent and comprehensive plans with support for the development and implementation of activities outlined within those plans.
  2. Student Learning Assessments - Support for selection and implementation of student achievement testing tools and learning assessments to identify areas for improvement.
  3. Performance Measurement – Enhancement of First Nation school’s ability to monitor the progress of students, manage program-related data and analyze performance indicators.

All three components of the FNSSP will be undertaken within a three-year period beginning in May 2009 and ending March 31, 2012.


The Nishnawbe Aski Nation Partners First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) is administered by the following partners. Each has a different focus but all are committed to the program’s success.

  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) provides administrative and advocacy services for the project and partners, including the coordination of proposals, funding, reporting, and communication.
  • Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) delivers all three components of the program in its secondary schools and develops tools to be used in on-reserve schools at the secondary level.
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak Student Support Services and Shibogama Student Support Services provide student retention services to their secondary school students.
  • Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre (KERC) delivers the program components of School Success Plans and Student Learning Assessments to on-reserve schools at the elementary level and, as of April 2011, will partner with NNEC to deliver the program to on-reserve schools at the secondary level.
  • Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS) partners with KERC to deliver secondary school services online.
  • K-Net Services delivers the Performance Measurement component of the program to on-reserve schools.
  • Weenusk First Nation and Mattagami First Nation deliver the program in their respective communities.


For more information please visit our website or contact:

FNSSP Lead: Dobi Frenette