Education ~ Kehkiketuwakon

Candace Paul Dee

Acting Director of Education


Phone:     (506) 273-5535

Fax:          (506) 273-5534


Candace brings over 20 years of first-hand experience in education to this position. She started off as the Mah-Sos Elementary School Librarian, but furthered her education receiving a BA, B.Ed.  Her practical and professional skill base come from many years teaching in the classroom. Candace hopes to continue serving the community as she applies this experience within this position. 


Mah-Sos School

Principal:       Sheena Davenport, BA, B.Ed., M.Ed., NB Principal’s                               Certificate

Phone:            (506) 273-5407


Mah-Sos School is a community, a community of learning, a community of committed students, caring teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and support staff.

Mah-Sos School has been operating in Tobique First Nation for over 40 years. The original Mah- Sos School was built in 1975 in the shape of a fiddlehead. In 2012, Tobique First Nation opened the doors to a brand new Mah-Sos School. The 2,490 m2 Kindergarten to Grade 5 school has 10 classrooms and includes a technology room, a gymnasium, a music room, a library, a kitchen and a cafeteria, as well as administrative space.

Mah-Sos School currently offers K-4 to Grade 5 . While offering New Brunswick provincially based curriculum for all grade levels, Mah-Sos School also offers culturally based curriculum incorporating Wolastoq/Maliseet culture, history, language, music, physical education and computer class.

Beginning in 2018, Mah-Sos School will proudly partner with the Martin Family Initiative ( Model Schools Literacy Project to focus on literacy enhancement for Grades K, 1, 2 and 3. Like the Martin Family Initiative, Tobique Education recognizes that improving literacy skills in the first years of a child’s schooling dramatically increases the likelihood that he or she will complete high school and move on to pursue higher education.

Mah-Sos School – where we grow leaders!

Grades K to 12

A/Director:        Candace Paul Dee

Phone:                (506) 273-5535


Tobique First Nation Education works in partnership with the Province of New Brunswick through the Anglophone West School District to ensure the delivery of educational services for all on-Reserve members of Tobique First Nation enrolled in Andover Elementary (Grades K to 5), Perth-Andover Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) and Southern Victoria High School (Grades 9 to 12).

Tobique First Nation Education encourages all community members with school age children between the K-4 to Grade 5 to attend Mah-Sos School but we also recognize and respect the parental right to choose.

Tobique First Nation learners attending the Perth-Andover Middle School and Southern Victoria High School are offered additional academic and culturally based support through the Enhanced First Nation Education Programs and Services Agreement.

Tobique First Nation Education will ensure that all eligible students (4-21 years of age) ordinarily resident on-Reserve and within the Province of New Brunswick, are provided with student support services (books, supplies, guidance, fee’s).  

Post Secondary Education

Manager:        Richie Bernard

Phone:             (506)  273 – 5543

Toll-free:         (888)  369 – 2222

Fax:                   (506)  273 – 5547


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Tobique First Nation has developed a Post Secondary Education Local Operating Guideline consistent with the national guidelines set by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC):

Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)

The program objective is to improve the employability of First Nation and eligible Inuit students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.

University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP)

The program objective is to provide financial support to eligible First Nation and Inuit students who are enrolled in university and college entrance preparation programs offered in Canadian post-secondary institutions, to enable them to attain the academic level required for entrance into degree and diploma credit programs.

Wolastoqey Language Revitilization

Wəlastəkwey/Wolastoqey Lutawewakon (Maliseet Language)

Nookmisik Naka Nmushumsik, Woliwon “Ciw Lutwewakon. Kisi Monuwehkiyeq ‘Ciw Nilun.
Nilun Oc Tokec Nuleyatomonen.‘Ciw Weckuwapasihtit.                     -Nit Leyic-
(Opolahsomuwehs. ‘94)

Grandmother and Grandfathers, Thank you for our language that you have saved for us.
It is now our turn to save it for the ones who are not born yet.       
-May that be the truth. –
(Moon of the Whirling Wind. ‘94)

Our elders have reminded us that our language is our identity. After 500 years of contact,
throughout Neqotkuk we can still hear our Wəlastəkwey/Wolastoqey Lutawewakon being
spoken but this is in decline and we all need to do our part.

Tobique Education will be leading a strategic planning process for Wolasotqey/ Wəlastəkwey
Language Revitalization in Education until March, 2023.


Darrah (Pine) Beaver, PhD (candidate) will be supporting Tobique Education in this process.

Phone:         (506) 273 – 6044