In 2013, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek ran a program in their community for members who wanted to get their high school education. This program was funded by the Margaret Anderson Foundation. It was highly successful, and a version of it is now running on Fort William First Nation.

Since that time, Nokiiwin Tribal Council has been approached by a number of its member communities to bring something like this program back. It took a long time and a lot of work to secure funding and get the program started. The result is Mino-niigaanendmowin.

We are proud of the fact that all the partners involved in this program are First Nations-run organizations. None of the funding is going to a provincial school board or college. One of the goals of this program is to build capacity in our communities and institutions

We wish to acknowledge the contribution of Chris King, Sr. who gave us the name Mino-niigaanendmowin, which combines the concepts of “Thinking ahead in a good way” and “silently learning together”.