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Welcome to the official site for the Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority. The EFNEA has established its own education structure to better focus on supporting cultural connections and diversity, responding to the needs of First Nations students and promote success for all.

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Our Story

The EFN Education Authority has formalized its partnership and funding relationship with Canada. This commits both parties to explore new ways to improve educational outcomes, and to address the funding needs for special education that is needed for our students. While governing our own educational system, we are able to better understand and support the needs of First Nations students.

We are here to help with your child's journey through education from kindergarten to post-secondary. The EFNEA also ensures effective educational services to meet the needs of our students. We help with transportation to school, changing schools, moving through primary and post-primary and providing support for special educational needs if they are needed.

We strive to provide support to every student and give them a strong start to what is possibly the most important period of their lives. In doing this, we lay the foundation for the long-term goal of the EFNEA:


Improve educational success rates and unlock the full potential of our future generations.

“The signing of this Agreement with Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority is an important step that further supports the principle of First Nation control of First Nations' education. We congratulate Elsipogtog First Nation on the establishment of its own education structure to better address the needs of students for generations to come.”

Marc Miller

Minister of Indiginous Affairs

"The Education team, led by Ivan Augustine, has kept myself and Council apprised of their Regional Education Authority activities for the past 3 years. I am very pleased with the end results and the empowerment of the community in determining the educational future of our young people."
Arren Sock
Chief of Elsipogtog First Nation

“It is with great pride and satisfaction that I acknowledge our Education team in achieving REA status. This allows us to develop our education program in a manner which addresses the needs of our students and provides sustainable, predictable funding through our partnership with Canada.”

Ivan Augustine
Director of Education, Elsipogtog First Nation Education Authority Inc.

Our Objectives

Our philosophy is simple - to embrace and provide for all types of learning. We respect the individual needs of all our students and believe that with the right guidance and direction, everyone can succeed. Our educational vision empowers students to question conventional thinking and to pursue their academic understanding with dedication and originality while embracing their heritage.

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Fulfill the educational needs of every student.

Every child is different. What may work for one child may not work for everyone. We strive to overcome this by allowing programs to be personalized so that all students will learn and understand together.



Integrate our culture and beliefs into programs.

Being indigenous, our view of the world is different. We aspire to adapt and develop programs with our beliefs and views in mind to achieve better learning and understanding.


Have pride and confidence in who you are.

We aim to help students understand their roots and show them our Traditional Ways. From medicines, tools and traps to clothing and hunting. How we have adapted and overcome the challenges that were laid before us.

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The 7 Sacred Teachings

Starting from Nursery and Kindergarten, we teach the 7 Sacred Teachings to all students. We believe these will guide students on how to respect all things living and build positive morality. They are guiding principles on how to live our lives.

Each of the Seven Sacred Teachings honours the virtues necessary for a full and healthy life. Each of the Teachings is embodied by an animal to underscore the point that all actions and decisions made by man are manifest on a physical plain.


The animal world taught man how to live close to the earth; the connection that has been established between the animal world and the world of man instills a respect for all life in those who follow the traditional way.

Images owned by South First Nations Network of Care.

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Our Partners

The EFNEA works with and alongside a range of organisations.

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Contact Us!


342 Big Cove Road

Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, E4W 2S6


(506) 523-4608


(506) 523-8234

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