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Renewed Partnership with Black River First Nation

June 14, 2019

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(Standing): Board Vice-Chairperson Marion Pearson, Secretary-Treasurer Gerald Cattani, Chief Superintendent Reg Klassen, Black River First Nation Councillor Oral Johnston.
(Sitting): Frontier School Division Board Chairperson Linda Ballantyne, Black River First Nation Councillor Leah Fontaine.​


On Friday, June 14, 2019 the Frontier School Division Board of Trustees and the Black River First Nation Council renewed their education agreement. The signing marks the continuation of a seven-year relationship between the school division and the First Nation community.

Situated on Treaty 5 territory, the community is located approximately 138 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.  Black River First Nation is an Ojibway community with a population of approximately 980 people. 

The revised agreement places emphasis on the wishes of the First Nation and includes programming for academics, indigenous way of life, wellness.

Councillor Oral Johnston expressed his appreciation for the partnership and is looking forward to the future. 

Frontier School Division Board Chairperson Linda Ballantyne stated, “by working together we will make a difference for the students and the community, and that is what this partnership is all about".

Chief Sheldon Kent could not attend the Board meeting and signing due to a personal matter but was able to find some time to meet with Chief Superintendent Reg Klassen on June 12, 2019 to discuss and sign the Agreement. ​

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Chief Superintendent Reg Klassen (left) and Black River First Nation Chief Sheldon Kent.​