The N'Swakamok Native Alternative School operates as a satellite
of Sudbury Secondary School in partnership with the N'Swakamok Native
Friendship Centre. The Friendship Centre provides the facility and two
staff members - a Native Education Support Worker and a Clerical
Support Worker. Rainbow District School Board provides the teaching
To attend the school First Nations, Métis and Inuit students must
be a minimum of 16 years old and out of school for a period of time.
Students work at their own pace on independent learning courses
modified to include Native content. Students receive one-on-one
assistance from teachers.
The N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre provides a warm and
friendly environment where students have access to all other programs
and services offered within the Centre. The N'Swakamok Native
Alternative School also offers an adult literacy program providing
Native adults with an opportunity to upgrade their literacy and
numeracy skills so they can one day successfully complete credit
courses towards their secondary school diploma.
The N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and
Rainbow District School Board signed a Memorandum of
Understanding January 30, 2008 for the N'Swakamok Native Alternative School,
renewing a long-time partnership.
Rainbow District School Board and the N'Swakamok Native
Friendship Centre recognize the need to provide culturally relevant
services and options to Native students who wish to obtain a high
school diploma. The Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms this
collective commitment to Native youth.
The Ministry of Education has identified Native education as a key
priority in Ontario, aimed at improving student achievement for all
Native students, including status and non-status First Nations, Métis,
and Inuit children and youth. The vision is to create a better future
for Native children and youth in Ontario.
The Memorandum of Understanding will have a direct impact on
students by strengthening educational opportunities and increasing the
pathways available to Native students to complete their secondary
school diploma or successfully connect with postsecondary education,
apprenticeships and/or the workplace. The agreement also provides for
support services to address the concerns of Native students to
ensure educational success for all.
For more information, please call 705.674.2128.