Education & Student Services

“Going Forward to a Better Future”

Our Goal:

To encourage Aboriginal students to remain in school and to pursue a higher level of education.


All off-reserve Aboriginal students in Nova Scotia with eligibility criteria defined by the specific education program or fund.

How We Help:

Student Services: the Director of Education provides guidance, advice, intervention and a link between Aboriginal parents/ students and schools and other educational resources.

NCNS Scholarship Awards Trust Fund: Small scholarships to Aboriginal students that are full members of the NCNS and registered in full time studies at university, community college, or at a recognized post-secondary institution, and not receiving financial support from an Indian Act reserve community.

NCNS Achievement Trust Fund: Honour and Junior Honour cash awards are available to students in Grades 7 to 12 that pass with honours; leadership awards and leadership development incentive.

NCNS Emergency Assistance Program: provides limited financial relief to eligible off reserve Aboriginal parents that encounter an unexpected financial situation that greatly affects the general welfare of the student and could affect the student from attending school.

The Muttart / NCNS Loan Fund: offers interest free repayable student loans to eligible off-reserve Aboriginal students on application that encounter financial difficulties while attending university/ community college or at other recognized post secondary institutions. It is not intended to finance your education, but to provide temporary relief during periods of financial difficulty.

Stephen Hamilton Outstanding Achievement Award: an annual NCNS Annual General Assembly recognition and honour, awarded to a worthy individual for their dedication and work in the areas of Mi’kmaq education, language or culture that benefit Aboriginal People.

For More Information Contact:

N.C.N.S. Director of Education & Student Services
April Hiltz
P.O. Box 2028, Liverpool, N.S., B0T 1K0

Toll Free: 1-800-565-4372
Direct: 1-902-354-2751

Satellite Offices

235 Charlotte Street, Unit 1
Sydney, N.S. B1P 1C4
Tel: 902-567-1240
Fax: 902-564-1123

180 White Point Road
PO Box 2028
Liverpool, N.S. B0T1K0
Tel: 902-354-2751
Fax: 902354-2757


140 Thorne Ave, Unit C
Dartmouth, N.S. B3B 1Z2
Tel: 902-405-4730
Fax: 902-405-4731

Digby Resource Center
1 Birch Street
Digby, N.S. B0V 1A0

Coldbrook Outreach
11 Opportunity Lane
Coldbrook, N.S. B4R 1B9

Head Office

129 Truro Heights Road,
P.O. Box 1320,
Truro, N.S.
B2N 5N2

Toll Free: 1-800-565-4372
Direct: 902-895-1523
Fax: 902-895-0024