Community Goals

Enhance youth education programming

 Enhance adult education programming

 Invest in post-secondary education


Elementary & High Schools

Mistahi Sipiy Elementary School

  • Nursery to Grade Five (5) Mistahi Sipiy Elementary School.

  • Present enrolment is approximately 360 students.

  • Mistahi Sipiy provides a lunch program for it’s students (a nutritious breakfast as well as a hot lunch program).

  • Mistahi Sipiy has an Elder’s Program where students can access cultural teachings.


Lyle Whitefish, School Principal
Office: (306) 724-2282

Se-Se-Wa-Hum High School

  • Present enrolment is 381 grade six to twelve 2017-18 year.
  • High School Programs includes after school sports activities, cultural days and an Elder’s Program.
  • Elder’s program provides cultural teachings for students in school;
  • The BRFN lunch program provides nutritious meals daily for students attending school (a breakfast and hot lunch program).


Kavia Burns, School Principal
Office: (306) 724-2124  

School updates

New High School

Aodbt architecture + interior design and the school steering committee has begun design work on a new High School for the community.  On February 1, 2018 the consultants held a Community Information Session to meet with school staff, Elders, and community members to present the findings of the School Feasibility Study, discuss 21st-Century Learning concepts, get information from the community, and answer questions about the design process.

The new school will be approximately 5,100 square metres in size, and include the latest in educational amenities.  The design team is anticipating that the project could go into construction as early as Fall/Winter of 2020 and the expected completion date is late spring of 2022.

BRFN Education Support Programs

Post Secondary Education Program

The Big River First Nation Post Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) aims to improve the employability of Big River First Nations students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.

Eligible post-secondary levels include:

  • University Entrance Program

  • Community college: Certificate or Diploma programs

  • Bachelors Degree programs

  • Advanced or professional programs: Master’s or Doctorate

The program is administered by the Big River First Nation Post Secondary Program which determines the funding and selection criteria in accordance with national guidelines.

Eligible costs covered by the program may include tuition, books, travel support and living allowances.

Faxed or emailed applications will be accepted; incomplete forms will cause delay in processing.

For further information on the BRFN Post Secondary program, download the BRFN PSSSP Policy Handbook located on the Post Secondary Program page.

Deadline Date:
Fall – Winter: Intake – June 30

How to apply: Download the BRFN PSSSP application form (PDF) located on the BRFN Post Secondary page. Fill out form and attach necessary documents and send/fax back or drop off to the Post Secondary office by the deadline date.


Michael Netmaker, Post Secondary Manager
Darby Centre Office: (306) 724-1001
Urban Office: (306) 242-0741


Canada Emergency Student Benefit

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).