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Empowering First Nations Education

TNEGI is a First Nations Education Authority established in 2009 by the Esgenoopetitj, Tobique, and Elsipogtog First Nations through the MAWIW Tribal Council alliance. With a focus on addressing the lack of services for First Nations educators and families, TNEGI strives to empower communities and improve educational outcomes.

Our Vision

To increase the level of support and educational outcomes for our Band operated schools, staff and our First Nation learners through advocacy with the government of Canada, First Nation government and building relationships with our educational partners.

Partnership Formation

TNEGI emerged from a collaboration among the Directors of Education from Esgenoopetitj, Tobique, and Elsipogtog First Nations. Together, they identified shared challenges and sought to create an educational alliance.

Initiatives and Programs

TNEGI manages the K4 Transition to Kindergarten Initiative, providing essential support for young learners. Additionally, the organization administers literacy, numeracy, and school-based assistance through the First Nation Student Success Program.

Integrated Partnership

TNEGI has established connections with various education organizations, government agencies, post-secondary institutions, and private companies.

Future Efforts

TNEGI is committed to expanding its capacity to deliver second and third level educational services. Through its recently released strategic plan, the Education Authority outlines its priorities and sets forth a vision for the future.

The TNEGI strategic plan is a working document open for comments. If you would like to contribute, please connect with us below!

Our Principles

Community

First Nation families and their governments share the education responsibility, fostering cultural learning in community schools for lifelong success.

Fairness

TNEGI believes in providing all of its support functions impartially and based upon clear criteria that address need and equity.

Transparency

TNEGI commits to transparency in all operations in order to ensure accountability and retain the trust of its member communities.

Culture

Language, tradition and culture are indispensable components of a quality education; TNEGI places a priority on the inclusion of culture in the classroom.

Innovation

Given the challenge of chronic under funding in education, TNEGI will pioneer efforts to seek original and progressive ways to move First Nations education forward.

Practical & Professional

First Nations education operates in complex environments, and TNEGI addresses challenges professionally and with informed dedication.

our team

MEET THE TNEGI TEAM

Executive & Staff Board Members

Warren Tremblay

Executive Director

Chief Arren Sock

Elsipogtog First Nation

Ivan Augustine

Director of Education

Chief Alvery Paul

Esgenoopetitj First Nation

Simon Dedem

Director of Education

Chief Ross Perley

Tobique First Nation

Darrah Beaver

Director of Education

Melissa Googoo-Dedam

Principal,
Principal of Elsipogtog School

Larry Flanigan

Principal, Esgenoopetitj School

Cathy Ridell

Principal, Mah-sos School
Originally from Tobique First Nation, Warren Tremblay has been working in education for 34 years. Before working with Three Nations he was Director of Education in Tobique, New Brunswick.

Warren Tremblay

Executive Director

Simon Dedem

Director of Education

Ivan Augustine

Director of Education

Chief Ross Perley

Tobique First Nation

Chief Alvery Paul

Esgenoopetitj First Nation

Chief Arren Sock

Elsipogtog First Nation
Headshot of Shane Perley-Dutcher, Head of Communications with TNEGI.

Shane Perley-Dutcher

Communications

Red Dennis

Financial Officer

Kyley Dennis

Administrative assistant

David Perley

Director of Education Tobique First Nation
Headshot of Melissa Googoo-Dedam, Principal of Elsipogtog School.

Melissa Googoo-Dedam

Principal,
Principal of Elsipogtog School

Blake MacMillan

Principal, Esgenoopetitj School 2023-2024

Sheena Davenport

Principal, Mah-sos School

Alicia Moulton

Training Coordinator

Katalin Koller

EPP Programs & Services Manager

The Story Behind TNEGI’s Logo

The story of the Three Nations Education Group Inc. logo design was inspired by the vision of Neqotkuk, Esgenoopetitj and Elsipogtog First Nations coming together to help lift the importance of Education for New Brunswick First Nations Communities.

 

The three eagles represent the three communities soaring with strength, guidance, protection and support for the generations now and the generations to come.

Our initiatives and collaborations

The TNEGI Timeline

Building Blocks (1995-2009)

1995: Formation of TNEGI

2008: Education Directors and the Band Operated Schools principal’s committee begins work towards the creation of the K4 Transition to Kindergarten Initiative

2009: TNEGI is incorporated

Establishing the Foundation (2011-2013)

2011: Progress and Reports Standing Committee report on Reforming First Nation Education highlights the need for reform. Auditor General report on elementary/secondary education sheds light on educational challenges.

2013: Blueprint for Reform Release of the Blueprint for Reform, a significant step towards improving First Nations education.

Building Partnerships and Frameworks (2014-2015)

2014: TNEGI adopts a strategic plan for better outcomes. First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act – Bill 33 introduced.

2015: TNEGI meets with Federal officials regarding an education authority.

Transforming Opportunities (2016-Present)

2016: TNEGI relocates central office to Fredericton, NB, boosting operations.

2017: MOU with province for Treaty education. Launch of K-4 curriculum for First Nations in NB.

2020: Partnership with Mount Allison University for education and reconciliation.

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