Education Department

The Lheidli T’enneh Education Department provides financial assistance, advisory services, and moral support for its band members who wish to pursue educational goals.  Knowing full well that education can improve one’s quality of life as well as contribute to the development of community, Lheidli T’enneh is proud to support their band members in achieving these educational goals.

Applying for government funding can be challenging, especially for adults who may also be working or caring for family members.  For that reason, the Education Department understand that supporting a student may also mean supporting their health and wellbeing as they transition from a secondary student into a post-secondary one. 

Education Department staff also work closely with the Lheidli Employment & Training Services Department.  If a band member’s goals are more general and don’t fit the scope of formal education, they can develop life skills or trades, and access other programs to help them secure future employment.

Chelsey Hardy

Education Manager

Chelsey Hardy Sa hutni, is the Education Manager at Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to her role. Since joining the team, Chelsey has focused on building meaningful relationships with membership, knowledge holders, and Elders, while prioritizing the educational needs of the community. Chelsey holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education from Capilano University, complemented by an Early Childhood Education Diploma from Douglas Community College. With licenses in Early Childhood, Special Needs, and Infant/Toddler Education, she possesses a comprehensive skill set tailored for educational leadership. Chelsey’s career journey is marked by her commitment to early childhood education and community development. Her roles have ranged from Infant Toddler Educator positions to managerial responsibilities. As the Education Manager, Chelsey plays a pivotal role in supporting members seeking further education through post-secondary institutions. To serve and protect the interests of the students and parents. Work within established policies and procedures for funding considerations. To develop and implement holistic education programs. To strive for family and/or parental involvement; to ensure their full understanding of what is taking place and where concerns arise, to ensure full open consultation. To look at language preservation and cultural integration into the education department’s work priorities and program logic models. Chelsey Hardy’s leadership as Education Manager at Lheidli T’enneh First Nation exemplifies her dedication to educational excellence, cultural preservation, and community engagement.

Bev Tiljoe

Education Assistant

Hadih, my name is Beverly Tiljoe, Gilseyhu (Big Frog) from Witset First Nation. As the Education Assistant, my role is to support your child through the provincial education system (K - 12). I play a crucial role in supporting their educational programs and initiatives, ensuring a seamless experience for our students. My direct role works in conjunction with the Education Manager. I bring a wealth of experience of 20 + years as an Aboriginal Community Support Worker, Education worker and Employment Coach. I was also instrumental as an instructor for CNC, Canadian Vocational Training Centre, job coach with Kopar Administration and Life skills worker for Carrier Sekani Family Services. I completed my Life Skills Facilitator and Coach Diploma from College of Edmonton, Employment and Business - Teacher Education in Prince George, Indigenous studies and Psychology Certificate from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Human Resource Worker from Northwest Community College. I look forward to providing educational services on behalf of your child and all families of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation.

Indigenous Education Leadership Table (IELT)

The Indigenous Education Leadership Table (IELT) consists of dedicated Lheidli T’enneh First Nation (LTFN) and McLeod Lake Indian Band (MLIB) Elected Council members; and their respective Education Department Staff members. The two nations have partnered together to address systemic racism and other concerns within School District No. 57 (SD57).

A Governance-to-Governance agreement has formed between the IELT and SD57, both working cooperatively towards better the experiences and successful outcomes for all Indigenous learners within the public education system.

In this work the IELT will oversee the control and direction of SD57, where Indigenous learners are concerned. Including, but not limited to:

  • Policymaking and ensure process of implementation of policies
  • Placement of Indigenous Representation at the Sr Level and all levels in the school district
  • Consultation and Decision-making
  • Define how decisions are to be made, and help establish and maintain the strategic direction
  • Oversee the delivery of services, plans, programs, projects and supports
  • Ensure SD57 reports on its performance in achieving intended results and use performance information to drive ongoing improvements and corrective actions.

IELT Members:

  • Vacant                               IELT Manager (LTFN Education Assistant Manager)
  • Joshua Seymour               LTFN Councillor
  • Jayde Chingee                   MLIB Deputy Chief Councillor
  • Crystal Gibbs                     LTFN Councillor
  • Vacant                               LTFN Education Manager
  • Jodie Ware                         MLIB Education Director

Education Funding

There are two different sources of funding for Lheidli Education Programs – one through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC); the other is through the LTN Contracting Ltd. Education Fund.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Funding

Each year, Lheidli T’enneh makes an annual application to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) and University and College Entrance Preparation (UCEP).  Although funding may be limited, Lheidli T’enneh strives to work with this funding agency every year, making post-secondary education a priority by supplementing other funding opportunities. 

LTN Contracting Ltd. Education Funding

LTN is a limited company owned by Lheidli T’enneh and Roga Contracting Ltd.  Throughout their operations, $0.25 a tonne/logging revenue goes into an educational fund. This funding is available to aid in sponsoring non-status Lheidli T’enneh members.

Student support funding is most often put towards tuition and compulsory student fees, it may also be available for:

Be sure to contact the Education Coordinator to confirm funding availability.

Applying for Funding

It is imperative to remember that when applying for educational funding (i.e. sponsorship) that you include all supporting information and documentation.  This not only shows you are serious about your education, it helps makes the decision process easier and quicker. 

Things to remember when applying:


These guidelines explain the program objectives and administrative role of the Education Department. It is a helpful resource for staff and applicants in better understanding how to secure funding.  It also goes into specific detail for what funding can be used for, limits of assistance, and the responsibilities of students who are sponsored.

This application form needs to be filled out in order to apply for educational funding.  It contains a checklist of required documents and explains how to obtain them or write them (e.g. a cover letter, resume and references, transcripts/grades, etc.) 

This website provides resources for Aboriginal students wishing to pursue or continue college or university (post-secondary) studies in British Columbia.  It includes information on the programs available to support learning such as financial support, housing, transportation, career planning or employment services and childcare.

This website provides resources for Aboriginal students wishing to pursue or continue college or university (post-secondary) studies in British Columbia.  It includes information on the programs available to support learning such as financial support, housing, transportation, career planning or employment services and childcare.

Learn about the BC Transfer System, how to successfully transfer, the different types of transfer credit, and understand how to move from another university or province.

This federal government website provides a wide range of resources for helping you plan for an education, save, budget and explore student aid and career options. 

Approximately 34% of CNC students self-identify as Aboriginal, and at some CNC campuses Aboriginal learners make up the majority of the student population.  Aboriginal culture, history, and knowledge enhance the experience for all students and staff and help to create a diverse and welcoming campus culture.

This provincial government website helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs.  There is also information on programs that can help with loan repayment. 

PGNAETA serves the First Nations and Urban Aboriginal community in the north central interior of British Columbia.  This organization works collaboratively to aid the Aboriginal workforce to participate in the shifting labor market in today’s economy.

Consisting of over 32 Elementary schools, 8 secondary schools, and 1 Centre for Learning Alternatives (which includes: Continuing Education, Distance Education, and Community Alternate Programs), SD57 serves a diverse range of nations and nationalities and strives to honor the strength that comes with the diversity in our population.   

The Prince George campus is located on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh.  With over 3500 students enrolled in academic programs, UNBC offers courses to help you achieve your educational goals. 


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