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Literacy Catalyst/Teacher

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Marilee Obsniuk


Nursery/ Educational Assistant

Hi, my name is Marilee Obsniuk.  I am currently the Nursery Teacher as well as an Educational Assistant for the Grade 2/3 classroom.  I have worked at Kinistin Education Centre for 1.5 years.  I have also worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 10 years.  I am looking forward to another great year here at Kinistin Education Centre.

Autumn Carriere


Grade 4/5 Teacher

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Gordon Thomas


Educational Assistant

Hello!  My name is Gordon Thomas I am pleased to be part of the Kinistin Education Centre staff for the 2018/2019 school year.  I am the Educational Assistant/ Interventionist.  I will be working with various grades throughout the school year through Guided Reading and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).

Bernadette Thomas

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

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marina smokeyday


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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

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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.


Elise Fettes

Grade 1/2 teacher

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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. 

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

Community School Coordinator

My name is Heather Severight I am the Community School Coordinator for Kinistin Education Centre. 
  A little about myself is I have 6 children and have been married for 15 years.  I love to golf, watch movies, sew, bead, and I absolutely love to be with childeren!
  My position at the school will require home visits, school event planning, attendance, culture program, elder in residence program and I also attend SCC meetings at TMSS.  So I am looking forward to a great new school year and I am hoping to meet all of you.

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.

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.