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Staff Bios


Education Assistant

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Nursery/ Kindergarten Teacher

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Grade Eight Teacher

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Academic Coach

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Education Assistant

my name is Aeris Scott. I am the Leveled Literacy Interventionist at Nibwakawigamig Education Centre.  I am extremely happy to be part of the Education Team for Kinistin Saulteaux Nation.  This a great opportunity for me in my life goal of becoming a teacher!  I graduated from E.D. Feehan Catholic High School in 2017.  And attended classes a Saskatchewan Polytechnic in their Educational Assistant program.  I will be continuing my education journey in Seoul, South Korea, for the summer in 2020 as an abroad student!  I look forward to working with the youth of Kinistin, as I too was on myself not too long ago.

Carolyn Moccasin


Literacy Catalyst/Teacher

My name is Carolyn Moccasin; I am from Saulteaux First Nation.  I have been employed in Kinistin First Nation since October of 2017.  My role in the school when I first started was the grade 3 teacher.  This school year I am the ELA Catalyst/ Early Years Learning Teacher.  I hope to have a wonderful year here in the community of Kinistin.

Marilee Obsniuk


Grade 8 Educational Assistant

Hi, my name is Marilee Obsniuk.

Gordon Thomas


School Coordinator

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Bernadette Thomas

Bernie Thomas

N/K educational assistant

My name is Bernadette Thomas.I work as a Education Assistant.

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

Anin Sigwa!  I am the Vice Principal and the grade 7/8 teacher at Nibwakawigamig.  I am so happy to be part of the education team for Kinistin Saulteaux Nation school an a band member of this great nation.  I truly believe in the spirit and intent of the treaties and it is one of my goals as an educator to teach the importance of the Treaty relationship and its significance for all Canadian peoples.  I am married to Ian Scott and we have been together for twenty-two years and married for fifteen years.  We have four children together, Jessie, Aeris, Carson, and Rosalie.  Some of the hobbies that I truly enjoy are reading, golfing, online gaming, watching movies, attending comic book conventions, and traveling.  I received my Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan (ITEP) and convocated in 2016. My future aspiration is to study law and receive a Juris Doctor degree.


marina smokeyday


Hi my name is Marina Smokeyday this is my third year as the receptionist for Kinistin Education Center.  I have my Early Childhood Certificate, also worked in many different areas in various capacities of the organization.  I greatly enjoy working at the Education Center because it is not just a job rather as an honor to be able to work for the students and working alongside my coworkers.  I’m looking forward to a new year filled with fun filled activities and to be supportive to the students, parents and staff.

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.

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.

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.

Darlene Smokeyday

Darlene Smokeyday

nakawe instructor

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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. 

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

Good day, my name is Mary E.Scott and I am the Special Education Teacher for the Kinistin Education Centre.  This is my second year as the special education teacher and my tenth year as an educator at this school.  I enjoy working with all the students and staff here and all the specialists that we have access to from STC.  Kinistin is a great community to work in.

Peggy Getz

Peggy Getz

I am looking forward for the opportunity to work with the Kinistin Education Centre within the Janitorial/Maintenance Department for the 2018-2019 school year.  Within our department, our goal is providing a safe, and clean environment for the upcoming school year for all staff, students and visitors.  Thanks to everyone who makes this school a great place to work.  Sincerly, Peggy Getz

Jessica Couture

Jessica Couture

My name is Jessica Couture and I am delighted to be the new Mental Health Therapist at Kinistin Education Center.  In 2015 I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology, and this year I completed my Master’s degree in Education (Educational Psychology, with a specialization in School and Counselling Psychology).  My counselling experience have been broad and I have worked with children, teens, and adults in both educational and correctional settings.  I operate from the understanding that as unique individuals, we all face our own challenges and that we have a distinct set of skills that we can learn to use to our benefit.  Foundational in my appoarch to therapy is the understanding that in order to feel happy and healthy, we must look at the whole person.  In my experience, holistic treatment that explores the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of an individual has proven to be an effecitve and well rounded approach.  I am so happy to be able to work with the children of Kinistin and to be a part of the Kinistin Education Center team.

Charnele Kaiswatum

Charnele Kaiswatum

Hi. my name is Charnele Kaiswatum I am pleased to be part of the Kinistin Education Staff 2018-2019 year.  My position is the Hippy home visitor.  I will be working with children 3-5 year olds and doing the home visits.  I am looking forward to the wonderful and exciting school year to come.

Julian Severight

Julian Severight

I am Julian Severight, I was hired as SLP/Educational Assistant worker and I look forward to working with the students through the academic school year.

Brenden Lumberjack

Brenden Lumberjack

I am Brendon Lumberjack.  I am new this year, I will be in K/ 1.  I look forward to the new school year.

Darren Williams

Darren Williams

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Tarryn Freed

Tarryn Freed

Hello!  I’m Tarynn Freed.  I am the K/1 teacher for the 2018-2019 school year!  I was born and raised in Melfort where I still live with my parents, little brother,  I graduated with a Bachelor of Education in the spring of 2017.  After I graduated I started subbing with the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division, from there I started my first position in May of 2018 teaching grade 7/8 here is Kinistin.  I am now in my second year of teaching!  I am so excited for this school year!

Tarynn Freed



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.