The Government of Canada funds elementary and secondary education for First Nation students ordinarily resident on-reserve, provides post-secondary education financial support for First Nation and eligible Inuit students, and provides support to Canadian post-secondary institutions for the design and delivery of university and college level courses that respond to the education needs of First Nation and Inuit students. The government believes every First Nation child should get the best start in life, and is committed to working in partnership with First Nations in supporting their goals for a quality education system that delivers improved outcomes for First Nation students on reserve.


Kindergarten to grade 12 education

Learn about Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s role in elementary and secondary First Nation education, as well as funding programs available to support students and educators.

INAC Services Portal / Education Information System

Learn about the Services Portal, the Education Information System and the Education Reports and Analysis Solution, including how to access applications and reporting forms, the Nominal Roll, and other education program information.

Post-secondary education

Learn about INAC programs to support First Nation and Inuit students pursuing post-secondary education and career development, and support for Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Education infrastructure

Find out how INAC provides funds for school facilities on reserves, and how First Nation communities can qualify for those funds.

Success stories

Read about projects that improve educational outcomes for First Nation and Inuit students.

First Nation and Inuit cultural centres

Find out how INAC provides funds to help preserve and strengthen unique First Nation and Inuit cultures, traditions and languages.

Education partnerships and agreements

Find out about partnerships between INAC, First Nations and provincial/territorial ministries of education.

Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

Search more than 740 bursaries, scholarships and incentives for Indigenous students across Canada.

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