Sandy Lake First Nation

Site: Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School

Service: First Nation Elementary School

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Description & Services
Public Comments Independent First Nation (No Tribal Council affiliation) 
Provincial Territorial Organization: Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) 
Treaty #5 
Student body can accommodate up to 406 students
Description (Service)
  • Operates a public on-reserve school for elementary school students 
  • Offers a full curriculum for students from Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 6; approved and inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education 
  • Teaches Native language as a subject course 
  • Administers a diabetes prevention program to all students in grades 3-4  
  • Provides a daily breakfast program for students  
  • Offers a school gymnasium with shower facilities, a library/resource centre, a computer room, labs for home economics and industrial arts and a multi-purpose facility 
  • Offers cultural and traditional events and outings 
  • Supervises extra-curricular activities including a running club which competes at world running events
Special Education  
  • Provides special education assistance for students with learning difficulties  
  • Develops an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each student with annual reviews 
  • Strives for maximum amount of integration with regular programs
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Sandy Lake First Nation
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) and up 
  • Members of Sandy Lake First Nation 
  • Children from JK to Grade 6
Special Education 
Any child with special needs and/or learning difficulties
  • Registration required  
  • Must show copy of child's birth certificate/status card and immunization record
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Oji-Cree, available upon request
Fees None
Contact Information
Office Phone Main: 807-774-4491 
Fax 807-774-1324
Primary Contact Tina Kakepetum, School Secretary
Alternate Contact Troy A Kakepetum, Education Director; Phone: 807-774-1135; Email:
Site Location Community is approx 227 km NE of Red Lake, on the NW end of Sandy Lake and along the Manitoba border
Located In Community Sandy Lake First Nation
Address Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
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Mailing Address c/o Thomas Fiddler Memorial Elementary School 
PO Box 8 
Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Education (MOE) ; Federal - Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
Elections Board of Directors consisting of 5 members, one from each of the different geographical areas of Sandy Lake, elected every 2 years