It’s a story of success.
Kenora’s Gagiige Kiizhik GaKinoo'amaawadiiwi'gamig GaKinoo'amaawasowin school, also known as Kiizhik School, was facing issues with tuition payments earlier this year. Bimose Tribal Council, who founded the school, noted in May and July that the school was facing a shortfall of over $1 million.
The school receives tuition for students who live on-reserve, and had made repeated requests to receive tuition payments for students, who live off-reserve from the Ontario Ministry of Education, as well as a reverse tuition agreement with local school boards, without success. The school had seen a 200 per cent increase in students in its first two years of operation, so receiving funding to continue to provide for students was a priority.
Don Morrison, the executive director for the Bimose Tribal Council and Kiizhik Education Corporation, offered an update on how the school is doing financially.
“We’re doing really well, very well. This is our third year of operation. We are securing the required funding to provide the education and services that we need to going forward. Things look very positive for us right now,” he said.
Kiizhik School was founded by Bimose Tribal Council in 2015.
Ryan Forbes, KenoraOnline.com, Monday, Nov 20th 2017