Kapapamahchakwew (Sec) - Wandering Spirit School's Mission Statement
In 1977, this school was founded on the vision of Pauline Shirt and Vern Harper who were looking for a safer school for their own child. They searched for a school that was culturally safe and nurtured their son’s Indigenous identity. But when a school couldn’t be found, they founded their own school known as Wandering Spirit Survival School, which was designated as an alternative school. In 1983, the school was recognized by the TDSB as a Cultural Survival/Native Way program instead of an alternative school. In 1989, the program was renamed First Nations School of Toronto (FNST). Then in 2018/19, the school returned to its original roots and after a renaming ceremony, and is now called Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School.
Kindergarten at Kapapamahchakwew-Wandering Spirit School is child-centred and culturally relevant. It provides Indigenous children with an opportunity to learn about Anishinaabe cultural traditions in a nurturing, caring environment. Children learn within a circle of caring that includes family, caregivers, community and the children themselves. Students are engaged holistically while learning about the teachings and ways of Anishinaabe Peoples through a physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual play-based program that incorporates music, songs, games, stories and dances.
- FNST Hockey Academy: This 8-week program is free of charge and a full set of equipment is provided.
- McCarthy/Tetrault Mentoring program: In partnership with McCarthy/Tetrault LLB, Grade 9s work with an adult mentor in high school/university.
- Connected North: In partnership with CISCO and TakingITGlobal, FNST students use two-way video and collaboration technology to connect with students in Northern communities.
- goIT:Grade 8s engage in STEM activities using the EV3 LEGO robot and a coding program. In partnership with TATA Consultancy Services, goIT provides enhanced curriculum and STEM career info.
More Information About Kapapamahchakwew (Sec) - Wandering Spirit School
Kindergarten at FNST
Our program is child-centered and culturally relevant. Children learn about the teachings and ways of Indigenous peoples through play-based programs that include music, songs, games, stories and dances of Anishinaabe culture. Registration Week is in the beginning of February. Contact us: 416.393.0230
Achieving Excellence through the Urban Indigenous
Supporting Aboriginal Voices Across the Curriculum
Students who attend FNST enjoy culturally-enriched programs that incorporate:
• Native Second Language programming
• access to traditional ceremonies
• traditional singing and drumming
• traditional dance and movement
• community feasts
Parent and Community Involvement
The FNST School Council plays a vital role and is elected each year. It provides advice on behalf of parents to the principal. The Aboriginal Community Advisory Committee is composed of First Nations, Métis, Inuit Elders and community members, and is an important forum for parent and community advocacy. Learn more at www.tdsb.on.ca/AboriginalAdvisoryCommittee.