Kinistin Education Center


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Staff Bios

Bernie Thomas

3/4 educational assistant

My name is Bernadette Thomas.I work as a Education Assistant. This is my 2nd year in this position. I am currently working with Grade 3/4 with a number of 27 students.

Rita Lumberjack

Rita Lumberjack

transition worker

Hi my name is Rita Lumberjack, I am the student transition worker (carebear).  I am funded by EPP (Education Partnership Program).  My role is to assist transition from Kinistin Education Centre to Tisdale Middle and Secondary school, keep track of attendance and do home visits.  I am also a Super Saturday Rep and also pick up students from TMSS that take part in after school activities.  I enjoy working for the students and community, and am proud to be a member of Kinistin.


marty scott

grade 5/6 teacher

will input when recieved


marina smokeyday


will input when recieved

jennifer bracken

jennifer bracken

Student Councillor

Hello my name is Jennifer Bracken and I am the student Councillor at Kinistin Education Centre.  I have worked many years in different settings with children and youth.  I have been working in Kinistin, both at the Wellness Centre and the Education Centre, since 2014.  My personal hobbies include crafts, spending time outdoors and being at the lake with my 2 children, Tayla and Emma who are age 5 and 8.

Michael Laliberte

michael laliberte

academic coach

will fill when recieved

Tara Aisaican

Tara Aisaican


Tara Aisaican joined Nibwakawigamig- Kinistin Education Center in March 2017.  She has 9 years of experience in the education field.  Her career began as an elementary teacher where she taught second grade for two years before being named a Literacy Catalyst and assisted with principal duties.  Before joining KEC Tara was a literacy specialist, special education teacher and First Nations and Metis Education consultant.  With the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division.  Tara grew up in the Jackfish Lake area and attended school in North Battleford and graduating from North Battleford Comprehensive High School. She received her Bachelor of Education Degree from University of Saskatchewan.  Her Literacy specialty informs her leadership and teaching approach,  As she views literacy as the foundation of academic progress.  Tara earned her Masters of Education in Curriculum and instruction from University of Regina in 2016.
  Tara views a collaborate school environment as the key to creating successful teachers and students.  She believes partnerships with parents/ elders/ elected leaders and community partners are essential to enriching the experience at Kinistin Education Centre.


Brian Thomas

Recreation director

Anin Sigwa, my name is Brian Thomas and I am the recreation director.  I have been working this job for a little over a year.


Simon Ash

LLI teacher

  Hello, my name is Simon Ash.  I am from Treaty 6 Territory, Jackfish Lake, Saulteaux First Nation.  This year I will be teaching the, Leveled Literacy Intervention Program.  I have been teaching for 15 years and I am thankful and honored to be teaching the students of Kinistin.


Elise Fettes

Grade 1/2 teacher

need to input bio

Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young

Grade 3/4 Teacher

Hi my name is Elizabeth Young.  I have been a teacher for 8 years for Kinistin Education Center.  This year I have been assigned to the grade 3/4 classroom.  I have 19 students in grade 3/4 classroom.  I am looking forward to working with the students and the parents.  Please feel free to stop in our classroom any time

Merle Nippi

Merle Nippi

Network Administrator

Hi my name is Merle Nippi, I am currently the Network Administrator here for Kinistin Education Center.  I also help out with Stmath and other various programs that involve computers.  I received my A+, MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) certificate in 2001 and have been working with computers since.

Deon Kaiswatum

Deon Kaiswatum


Hi I am Deon Kaiswatum, I am the janitor for the Kinistin Education Center for the 2015 school year.  It’s a real honour to be working alongside all my grandchildren watching them with their school work.  My goal is to make sure everything is clean and in working order for everybody each day.  My staff is wonderful here, this is the place I love to be working and I hope everyone has a great year.

Darlene Smokeyday

Darlene Smokeyday

nakawe instructor

Ānīn sigwa?
My name is Darlene Smokeyday and I am the Language Instructor for the Kinistin Education Center. Being the Language Instructor has its challenges and I am proud to say that I am re-learning our Nakawē language. 

Cyrus Smokeyday

Cyrus Smokeyday

Grad Mentor

Cyrus Smokeyday—I just recently graduated from the U of S with a Bachelor in secondary education.  I currently hold the position of Grad Mentor which is in its first year of operation.  I have lived and worked in many parts of the province, but happy to call Kinistin my home.  I look forward to working with the variety of students this academic year and look forward to serving Kinistin as the Grad Mentor.

Heather Severight

Heather Severight

Transition Worker

My name is Heather Severight and I am the Student Transition Worker for the students of Kinistin.  I have been working as a Transition Worker since 2011 and I enjoy getting to know our youth in our community and helping build a healthy and strong relationship with our NESD Partnership.  My main roles are assisting the grade eight students in transitioning into the provincial school system, attendance tracking for our high school students that attend TMSS and I also do home visits with parents of the high school students, my hobbies I enjoy after hours are golf, beading, and cooking.

Janice Scott

Janice Scott


Janice Scott—Anin sigwa, my name is Janice Scott.  I work at Kinistin Education Center as the cook.

Mary E Scott

Mary E. Scott

Special Education Teacher

My name is Mary E. Scott and I am the Special Ed. Teacher at Nibwakawigamig and I am looking forward to working with all the students at KEC.  I have been an educator for over 30 years, I’ve taught in a provincial school for 22 years and I have been working at Nibwakawigamig for a few years.  I am looking forward to working with parents and with all the specialists from STC.  It is very exciting to work in this new position at Nibwakawigamig.


Nibwakawigamig Kinistin Education Centre (KEC)

Nibwakawigamig Kinistin Education Centre (KEC) is located on Kinistin Saulteaux Nation.

Our Vision Statement is:

Believe and Belong.
Reflect Nakawe Culture.
Nurture Holistic Lifelong Learners.
We strongly believe that our CHILDREN COME FIRST!
Who we are:

We are a Nursery to Grade 8 school. We currently have 72 students with 5 classroom teachers, 3 EAs, 7 support staff, 1 cook, 2 maintenance workers, 2 bus drivers and a principal. Our main goal for the near future is Literacy and Numeracy.

Programs include: Nakawe language instruction, ST-Math, Balanced Literacy, PWIM, and Animated Literacy.

Special events include: School in the Bush, Language Festival, School Feast, Christmas Concert, etc.

We offer a breakfast program, a morning snack and a daily lunch, all free for students. Staff pay a monthly fee.

Stop in, have a coffee, take a tour. We welcome visitors and volunteers!!!

Special Education Program

At KEC, we offer a Special Education Program for any student who qualifies for services under the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Guidelines.

We are fully supported by STC staff with access to qualified specialists.

Qualified specialists include:

1 full-time teacher with Bachelor of Education certification
1 full-time Education Assistant
and 1 part-time Education Assistant
The program also assists classroom teachers with support to enhance their adapted programming.

Post Secondary Education

The Objective of the Post Secondary Student Support Program is to assist and support members of the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation for Post Secondary Education and graduate with the Qualifications and skills needed to pursue individual careers and to contribute to the achievement of First Nation self-government and economic self-reliance.