Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation

"Let us not think of Ourselves, but of Our Children's Children."


To be a leader in Governance, Administration and Economic Development using the guiding principle of Chief Ahtahkakoop:

"Let us not think of Ourselves, but of Our Children's Children." (Chief Ahtahkakoop, 1876)

Diane Peekeekoot  Director of Education

Diane Peekeekoot
Director of Education


Business Focus

The Ahtahkakoop Education Team will expand it's efforts to increase student participation, retention and graduation results. The team will work work to ensure it's Indigenous Youth seize the competitive advantage of it's demographics within the labour market by ensuring it's students are provided with the academic credentials and learning behaviours needed to succeed in post-secondary and trades training institutions. We will work with community leaders to establish new educational goals for the community designed to maximize our Human Resource potential.

2016-2017 Results

  • Enhanced school programming with a focus on school sports (Football Program), student attendance, special education, practical and applied arts and anti-bullying activities.
  • Successfully lobbied AANDC for funding for students not accounted for in the nominal role and expanded special education funding.
  • Increased partnerships with local departments to increase emplyment and to address student retention/parental engagement (Home Liaison Worker).
  • Worked with Treaty Six Education Council (TSEC) to enhance our education program with a focus on Land Based Learning and Elders programming by creating a room/space for programs.
  • Completed first draft of the Ahtahkakoop Education Act (2014).
  • Enhanced data collection for SWOT Analysis and program implementation with TSEC Personnel support.
  • Enhanced school bus transportation; purchased a 2018 Diesel 59 passenger bus.

Short-Term Objectives

  • The Education Team will enhance current financial reporting systems and identify access to new funding sources for existing and new education initiatives (ongoing).
  • Continue working towards higher student retention (ongoing).
  • The Education Team will work with ACFS to address truancy (student attendance).
  • The Education Team will work with Inter-Agency Partners to enhance anti-bullying, anti-drug and alcohol strategies.
  • Recruit Community Liaison worker to address student retention and truancy through partnerships.

Long-Term Objectives

  • The Education Team will create a baseline database related to it's senior students in Grades 10 to 12 performance in categories that include attendance, curriculum and access to post-secondary institutions (ongoing).
  • The Education Team will ensure Treaty teachings are delivered in all classrooms from K to 12 and lead the retention and revitalization of the Cree language and culture through an expanded program and land-based learning (ongoing).
  • The Education Team will promote formal education, lifelong learning, and employment development to assist youth in meeting their maximum potential and contribute to the future needs of the community between staff, parents, students and the school board (ongoing).
  • Continue working with TSEC to enhance our academic programming and to meet academic targets set.
  • The Education Team will work in partnership at the Inter-Agency level to address and promote community wellness with a student centered focus.