Native Student Advisor Program

Native Student Advisors are dedicated to enhancing the learning environment and experiences of Indigenous students

What is the Native Student Advisor Program?

The primary role of the Native Student Advisor (NSA) is to support students of Indigenous descent and their families, to make schooling a more positive experience, helping students achieve success and remain in school.

Native Student Advisors work with the support of the school administration and staff,  under the direction of the Coordinator of Mi'kmaw Education Services. They work as part of a team, which includes students, parents, principals, teachers, support staff and, at times, community agencies.


The Native Student Advisor Program is designed to:

  • Provide positive role models.
  • Assist in developing a learning environment and atmosphere that is conducive to learning for all students.
  • Establish, as necessary, personal contact with parents/guardians through phone calls or visits to the home.
  • Work with school staff to track students' academic progress, communicating information on student progress to parents/guardians when needed.
  • Work proactively with students, staff and families to encourage positive behaviour and participation in school, staying informed of possible student discipline issues and providing intervention or support if appropriate.
  • Work with system staff and appropriate external educational organizations for stay-in-school strategies and academic success.

How Does a Native Student Advisor Support Students and Families?

  • Provides personal support to identified students, and parents/guardians when appropriate, in many different settings
  • Acts as a liaison between students, staff, family and the community
  • Understands the histories and circumstances of students.
  • Identifies available external educational programs and opportunities such as tutoring programs, scholarships, learning programs, cultural activities, and more
  • Works with students to explore course selection, career options and post-secondary education
  • Encourages daily school attendance and on-time arrival at school
  • Helps staff and students create a school environment that is welcoming and relects cultural diversity


Where is the Native Student Advisor Program Available?

For Students/Families of:
Contact Your Native Student Advisor at:

Annapolis West Area

Annapolis West Education Centre

Champlain Elementary School

Clark Rutherford Memorial School

Annapolis West Area
Native Student Advisor

Annapolis West Education Centre
Annapolis Royal, NS 
Phone: 902-526-0435

Annapolis East Area

Annapolis East Elementary School

Bridgetown Regional High School

Lawrencetown Consolidated School

Middleton Regional High School

Annapolis East Area
Native Student Advisor 

Middleton Regional High School
Middleton, NS 
Phone: 902-825-5341

Central Area

Cambridge & District Elementary School

Central Kings Rural High School

Central Area
Native Student Advisor

Central Kings Rural High School
Cambridge Station, NS

Phone: 902-538-4717

Eastern Area

Hantsport School

Horton High School

L.E. Shaw Elementary School

Wolfville School

Eastern Area
Native Student Advisor


Hantsport, NS
Phone: 902-684-4009


For further information on the Native Student Advisor Program, contact the Coordinator of Mi'kmaw Education Services at 902-538-4653 (toll-free 1-800-850-3887). 

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121 Orchard Street PO Box 340 Berwick NS Canada B0P 1E0
  • Toll Free: 800-850-3887
  • Phone: 902-538-4600
  • Fax: 902-538-4630

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