Division News

About Us

Tansi, Edlánat’e, Hello! Welcome to Northland School Division No.61 (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 on Treaty 6 and 8 territories. We hold high respect for these traditional territories, their history, language, and culture. At NSD, 95% of the student population is of First Nations, Métis and Inuit descent. We have approximately 2600 students in 24 schools. Our schools are located in municipalities, First Nation reserves, and Métis Settlements.

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 is respected and essential.
4. NSD has excellent teachers, school leaders, and system leaders.
5. NSD is well governed and managed.


The Northland Board is responsible for ensuring that all students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing members of their individual communities and the larger society


Northland School Division will provide quality educational experiences and opportunities for all students.


"Every student is a lifelong learner and successful in life"

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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