Land-based Education

IMG_2866Land-based Learning provides an opportunity for students to experience “Walking in Two Worlds”.

ACEC’s student body learns about Mother Earth through the teachings of Elders, community members, and from the environment itself. Students gain confidence in what they are capable of while learning to strengthen their cultural knowledge, and become future leaders. Respect for eachother is gained through being taught by the land, and the importance of protecting it.

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MAY 13th – 17th – ART WEEK

29th – ART FAIR





Elders at ACEC

Elders of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation are very involved in ACEC.  Their role is key in the land-based education curriculum at ACEC, by teaching the students about preparing traditional meals and much more.  They also share their knowledge of the land, water, and KI culture with classroom visits and outdoor activities. Their presence in the school allows staff and students alike to approach them for support, or to just have a chat.


Mission Statement

We will provide quality education in a safe and secure learning environment that will develop the full potential of each child and encourage the involvement of parents and the community in the school and education program

Electronic Device Policy


As of September 2013, the use of iPods, iPhones, cell phones, ipads and any other electronics that are not designated for classroom use will not be permitted during class time.

As well, KEA and ACEC are not responsible for the safekeeping or the replacement for these items should they get stolen, lost and/ or damaged on school property. No exceptions.

Thank you,

ACEC administration / KEA

Aglace Chapman 1929 -1984

ACEC is named after Aglace Chapman, who spent most of his childhood in the bush where his parents and siblings taught him important skills such as: hunting, trapping and fishing.  During his teenage years, he worked in the Sachigo Lake Mines.  After leaving the mines, he spent ten years in the community of Bearskin Lake, where he returned to hunting and trapping.

In 1944, Aglace went to Big Trout Lake to begin commercial fishing for lake trout.  Aglace fished for eighteen years, until the commercial fishing was stopped.  During the winter, he went trapping about 55 km north of the mines on the Sachigo River , which was approximately 220 km from Big Trout Lake.

When Aglace decided to give up trapping, he settled in Big Trout Lake.  Soon after, he was elected Chief and served in that capacity for seven years.  When he first took office, the community had very few services. He was able to obtain government grants, which allowed him to create jobs in the community.  During his tenure as Chief, Aglace made a lot of changes in the community such as an airport,  nursing station, a Band Office, a          co-op store, and a community radio station.

Aglace not only helped his own people of Big Trout Lake, but also many others from nearby communities.  He was instrumental in forming Grand Council Treaty #9 in 1973, (now known as Nishnawbe-Aski Nation), along with his fellow Chiefs.  Aglace was also very helpful to the other Chiefs of Treaty#9, especially the younger Chiefs where he demonstrated both patience and guidance in helping them to understand how the government operated and how to deal with government officials.  Aglace gave selflessly; anyone who spent time with Aglace was richer for it.

Aglace was also the founder of the Ojibway-Cree Cultural Centre, as well as an important contributor to the Sioux Lookout Friendship Centre.

Change did not frighten Aglace; he saw change as a challenge.  He knew that values and attitudes would change.  Also, he understood the traditional lifestyle and its inherent values, because he was from that generation.  He had the wisdom to see that the traditional lifestyle could blend with progress, rather than be destroyed by it.

Sadly, on November 21, 1984, Aglace Chapman passed away peacefully, after a lengthy illness.

Students @ Work


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