First Nation Student Success Program Overview

First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP)

The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) is a national proposal-driven program designed to help First Nation educators on reserve (Kindergarten to Grade 12) improve school results.

In particular, the program will help First Nation educators to plan and make improvements in the priority areas of literacy, numeracy, student retention and information management.

The FNSSP follows the Government’s guidelines and long-term goal of providing First Nation youth on-reserve with access to a quality education that encourages them to stay in school and graduate with the skills they need to enter the labour market in order to pursue their career aspirations.

The FNSSP has three components:

School Success Planning: First Nation schools are required to develop school success plans which set out goals, activities and targets for improving student achievement levels in the three priority areas of literacy, numeracy and student retention.

Student Learning Assessments: First Nation schools are required to take part in student learning assessments that will support the school success planning process. Assessment results are used to identify areas to be targeted for improvement. Schools are to participate in their respective provincial standard testing process.

Performance Measurement: First Nation schools are required to put in place performance measurement / data management systems that allow schools to assess, report on, and take steps to accelerate progress made by students and by schools.


Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre (KERC) provides a coordinated support team in literacy, numeracy, student retention, assessment and school success planning for the development and implementation of all FNSSP components at the school level. The education tools developed, such as the district-wide assessment handbook and the methodology for school success planning, are shared across the FNSSP project. KERC supports the delivery of the program components of School Success Planning and Student Learning Assessments in 13 on-reserve schools.

KERC also delivers the Performance Measurement component of the program to the 13 on-reserve schools including coordination of the data management implementation at the school level.

Shibogama Student Support Services provide student retention and transitional services to their secondary students.

Windigo First Nations Council and the Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) provide liaison and support to their member First Nations.


Bearskin Lake First Nation
Cat Lake First Nation
Kasabonika Lake First Nation
Kingfisher First Nation
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug
Mishkeegogamang First Nation
Muskrat Dam First Nation
North Caribou Lake First Nation
Sachigo Lake First Nation
Saugeen First Nation
Slate Falls First Nation
Wapekeka First Nation
Wunnumin First Nation