Division News

About Us

Tansi, Edlánat’e, Hello! Welcome to Northland School Division (NSD).

NSD is situated in some of the most stunning areas in northern Alberta. Covering 288,347 square kilometres, our schools are located near mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, and wetlands in Treaty 6 and 8 territories. We hold high respect for the history, language, and culture in these territories. At NSD, 95% of the student population is of First Nations, Métis and Inuit descent. We have approximately 2000 students in 20 schools. Our schools are located in municipalities, First Nation reserves, and Métis Settlements.


To inspire students to be the best they can be by providing outstanding holistic educational opportunities, with amazing staff and strong partnerships with families and communities.


“Our students love to come to school in Northland”

NSD Outcome Statements

1. NSD students are strong in identity, healthy and successful.
2. NSD is a leader for Indigenous education excellence.
3. NSD is inclusive, each child’s ways of knowing and ways of being are respected and essential.
4. NSD has excellent teachers, school leaders, and system leaders.
5. NSD is well governed and managed.

Click here to view Policy 1- Foundational Statements. 

Welcoming, Caring, Respectful, Safe and Healthy Learning and Working Environments

NSD is committed to providing a welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and healthy learning
and working environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. Click here to learn more. 

Community Engagement Framework and a Vision for Aboriginal Education Excellence

On January 11, 2011, then Minister of Education Dave Hancock named a community-based team to provide strategic advice, direction, and leadership in securing community engagement in Northland School Division. The Northland Community Engagement Team's (NCET) work is captured in Kids First, the Report of the Northland Community Engagement Team. The report describes a process for engaging communities in Northland School Division No.61. In addition to the Community Engagement Framework, Kids First sets out a vision for excellence in Aboriginal education (See images and video below). Click here to view the Northland Community Engagement Team Report. 

Northland Community Engagement Video

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