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N’Swakamok Alternative School

The N’Swakamok Alternative School is located in the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre.

Indigenous learners who are 18 years of age and older earn credits towards their diploma. Students work at their own pace on independent learning courses modified to include Indigenous content. Students receive one-on-one assistance from teachers.

Course material is presented through an Indigenous lens, where students work via e-learning, Co-operative Education, Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) and hands-on courses. They receive individualized support within a friendly community where students have access to various programs and services.

Holistic, cultural and land-based activities meet the needs of Indigenous learners.

The Friendship Centre provides the facility, the Coordinator and a clerical support worker and Rainbow District School Board provides two educators.

The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and Rainbow District School Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding December 19, 2023 for the N’Swakamok 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 Indigenous students who wish to obtain a high school diploma. The Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms this collective commitment to Indigenous youth.

The Memorandum of Understanding will have a direct impact on students by strengthening educational opportunities and increasing the pathways available to Indigenous 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 Indigenous students to ensure educational success for all.

For more information, please call 705-674-2128.