250-847-2133 | 1-800-881-1218 #3-205 Beaver Road | Smithers, British Columbia | V0J2N1

We have programs for all ages!


Witset Elementary Secondary School (MES)

The Witset Elementary Secondary School hours are as follows:

  • Regular Hours - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • After School program for working parents - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Witsuwit'en Child and Family Centre

Baby Program

  • Regular Hours - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • After School program for working parents - 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Toddler Program

  • Regular Hours - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • After School program for working parents - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

K-4 Program

For more information, contact Principal: Jackie McKenzie

Telephone: 250-847-3166

Fax: 250-877-5092


The mission of our school is to provide a caring, sensitive and motivational environment for indigenous youth, who live both in Witset and in surrounding communities. This mission is achieved in the following ways:

  • A holistic education without borders, to best meet the emotional, social and academic needs of our students.
  • A safe learning environment, provided in their own community.
  • Eliminating roadblocks by identifying areas of need and constructing a personalized IEP.
  • Allow students to progress at their own speed; building trust.
  • A counselor on site to address deeper emotional needs.
  • Talented staff who come equipped with a diverse set of skills.
  • Indigenous educational assistants from the community, who act as cultural liaisons.
  • Encouraging responsibility and accountability by raising the bar on our expectations for their futures.
  • Providing opportunities to learn the Witsuwit’en language from qualified teachers.
  • Building bridges with other communities.
  • Learning historical art with interactive visits to indigenous artists.
  • Retreats and outdoor experiences.



Our Education Staff

Adult Education

Diane Mattson, Executive Director of the Kyah Wiget Education Society

Diane Mattson, Executive Director of the Kyah Wiget Education Society

Diane Mattson has a Masters degree in Curriculum Development. She's been in the Education field her entire career, but decided to return to school later in life; Diane wanted enough scope to see the bigger picture, which is so vital in this community.

Here, education is under the provincial mandate through FNESC, which in turn is overseen at the federal level by the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. What’s also unique about Witset is that we’re identified as an independent school under the Ministry of Education in Victoria, BC. All these governing bodies means ongoing assessments. This constant scrutiny obliges us to regularly review our guidelines, which in turn nurtures regular improvement.

Our programmes and materials assessment is excellent: because of all the governing bodies, we can see what other communities are doing, but are also driven to find what works best here. This community requires a lot of outside-the-box thinking. And I believe it’s working!

This year’s elementary school has the highest enrollment ever. There are about thirty people working full-time at UCEPP and Trades training. The UCEPP programme is touted as an example of a successful programme across BC. And we’re very proud of those students who study at our iCount programme, another example of a different educational approach.

"We enable people to make the choices they want to make," Diane explains. "Either you’re a hammer, or you’re a nail—pounded all your life and unable to make choices. That means you become a victim and can’t live a proactive life."

Whether you’re working on your Dogwood, getting Trades training or preparing for university, we encourage students to acknowledge that everyone here is able to make their own choices and live to their full potential.

For more information, contact Diane at the Adult Education Centre at 250-847-1477.


Priscilla Michell, Post-Secondary Counsellor

Priscilla Michell, Post-Secondary Counsellor

I'm the Post-Secondary Councillor for the Kyah Wiget Education Society. My primary role is to review all successful Moricetown applications to post-secondary institutes: I review eligibility for sponsorship set by the federal funder. Private post-secondary programmes no longer meet the criteria for funding, because their courses are not transferrable to other institutes. This further limits access to higher learning for members.

It is also important to note that post-secondary funding is not guaranteed from year to year. AANDC uses a proposal-based funding process, which means I must submit a proposal to request funding each year.

In addition, although we have band members accepted into multi-year programming, we as a First Nations Band cannot guarantee funding for the duration. Therefore, once accepted as a full-time sponsored student, our members receive a letter of offer at the beginning of each year. The letter outlines the dates during which we can offer funding, along with the terms and conditions that must be met by both the students and KWES.

Despite the daunting application process, I’ve witnessed many years of success in our Witsuwit'en Nation. We acknowledge and celebrate all graduates through our Witsuwit'en Feast system, scheduled annually in June. I strive to achieve the Kyah Wiget Education Society Mission Statement: “To Empower All Witsuwit'en to realize their personal potential”.

For more information, call 250 847-2133, ext 234.


Jessica Creyke, Homeschool Coordinator

Jessica Creyke, Homechool Coordinator

Jessica is approachable, energetic and full of great ideas—the perfect go-to person to inspire our youth on their career path. She operates between KWES and District 54. In addition to assisting our ICount and UCEPP students, Jessica also proudly services on-reserve students who go to school in Smithers, offering support in such school-related needs as tutoring, school fees and transportation to after-school activities.

If you have any secondary-level educational concerns at all and are living on-reserve, contact Jessica at jessica.creyke@kyahwes.ca.