First Nations Education Administrators Association



Vision, Mission & Values

Balancing the interconnectedness in Education, rooted in First Nations languages, cultures, traditions and self-determination under our First Nations’ control of First Nations’ Education.
FNEAA is a gathering place for First Nations Education Administrators to share information, collect and share ideas and enhance capacity in Education, Certification, Professional Development, Partnerships, Systems Development & Services, Mentoring and Conferences.
FNEAA is committed to the values associated in the teachings of our members’ Nations.


The First Nations Education Administrators Association was incorporated on February 6, 2019. The purpose of the Association is as follows:
Certification: Build a certified professional body of First Nations Education Administrators  

Professional Development: Create quality products to build individual, organizational and community professional capacity
Partnerships: Promote awareness, inclusion, sharing and learning from each other
Education Systems Development & Services: Be a valuable resource for reliable information and providing services that meet the needs
Mentoring: Build relationships to engage members and support learners
Annual Conference: Provide an annual gathering to network and share information

Board of Directors (2020-2023)

The Board of Directors is the governing body that oversees the strategic and effective functioning of the FNEAA.  This body has been actively engaged in ensuring the set up and operation of the Association.

Darren Googoo, Chair
Director of Education
Membertou First Nation, NS 
 Simon Bird, Vice-Chair
Director of Education
Lac La Ronge First Nation, SK
Tracey O'Reilly, Secretary-Treasurer
Director of Education
Pilick - Kingsclear First Nation, NB 
Melanie Bennett, Director
Executive Director of Yukon First Nation Education Directorate, YK 
 Maureen Johns, Director
Director of Education
Pasqua First Nation, SK
Janice Ciavaglia, Director
Chief Executive Officer, Assembly of First Nations
Ottawa, ON 
 Davin Dumas, Director
Director of Education
Fisher River Cree Nation, MB
Dr. Paulette Tremblay, President & CEO
First Nations Education Administrators Association
Akwesasne, ON 


“We want to provide the tools for educators to have the confidence to do what they want to do.”

“We can network and share experiences to provide living paths for people to get where they need to go. The goal is to provide a choice as opposed to telling educators what to do.”

Darren Googoo
Director of Education - Membertou, NS 


“A lot of our schools are in ‘survival mode’. We need to stop jumping from crisis to crisis.”

Simon Bird
Director of Education - Lac La Ronge Indian Band, SK

"We can provide guidance to leaders and politicians on education portfolios.”

Tracey O'Reilly
Director of Education - Pilick-Kingsclear First Nation, NB


“I want an option to be certified and [have] an online profile to market myself.”