Toronto District School Board

Welcome to Jonathan Kakegamic as the New Principal of First Nations School of Toronto

The Toronto District School Board is proud to announce the appointment of Jonathan Kakegamic as the new Principal of First Nations School of Toronto (FNST). For the last seven years Mr. Kakegamic has served as the Principal and Director of Secondary Student Support at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School is governed by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and serves 23 isolated First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Prior to this role Jonathan was Principal at Keewaywin First Nation Elementary School and Vice-Principal at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School. He began his teaching career in 1994 and holds a Master of Arts degree in Counselling from Providence University and undergraduate degrees in Arts and Education from Lakehead University.

One of Mr. Kakegamic’s greatest strengths is his student-centred approach. Combined with exceptional communications skills, a strong curriculum background which incorporates an indigenous perspective and a focus on student success, he will lead FNST forward as it transitions from a K-8 to a K-12 school in the near future. His tireless work in support of students was recognized by his own community in 2011 when he received the of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Emile Nakogee Award for Outstanding Leadership and in 2012 when he received Canada’s Outstanding Principal award from the Learning Partnership. Jonathan’s appointment is effective September 1, 2016. Please join me in welcoming him to FNST in the fall when you meet him!

"I am truly excited for the opportunity to become part of the TDSB team. I look forward to serving the students of FNST and their parents, staff and the community. Becoming involved in the education field has always been a dream for mine since grade 3. Continuing this dream in Toronto is amazing! Mii-gwetch.” Jonathan Kakegamic

First Nations Junior and Senior School of Toronto (GR. JK-08)

Vision: To empower future leaders with a strong cultural identity to be contributing members in a global society.

In early 1970's, First Nations School began as Wandering Spirit Survival School founded by a group of Ojibway parents. In 1977 it was incorporated into the Toronto Board of Education and designated an alternative school.  In 1983, the school was recognized by the Board as a Cultural Survival School and renamed First Nations School of Toronto.  It offers programs from JK to grade eight.

  • The school has an enrollment of approximately 95 students.
  • The school transports students from across the city, with the exception of Scarborough and Etobicoke.
  • Bussing is provided for JK to grade 5 students where eligible. TTC tickets are available for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
  • The school facility has an Aboriginal Head Start Program.
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Jonathan Kakegamic

Office Staff:
Celeste Mayers
School Council Chair(s):
Shannon Judge
935 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON
M4M 1R4

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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