Department of Education

Busy Bear Pre-School

  • Sumas First Nation operates a preschool program for the membership of SFN and the local children aged 3 & 4
  • For more information please contact Sophie Loewen or Rachel Guvi at 604-852-1260

Headstart Program

Our program provides caring, creative and holistic services in which Aboriginal families with children ages 0-6 years of age may attend. Expectant parents within the community are welcome to join us. This program provides free transportation, a nutritious meal and early learning activities.

Our after school programs for 2015-16 run as follows:

  • Mondays: grades 3-5
  • Wednesdays: grades K-2
  • Thursdays Noon – 2: Infant/Toddler group

K-12 Student Support

Sumas administers funding from the Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada for public school students who are on our Nominal Roll.

The criteria for nominal roll are:

  • Students are attending a public school in grades K – 12 as of September 30
  • Students reside on Sumas First Nation reserve land
  • Students have a status number (Sumas or another First Nation)
  • Funding assistance is provided for School supplies for all students, and school fees for students in Middle and High School
  • Students in Grades 8 – 12 are eligible for a monthly attendance allowance

For more information please call 604-852-4041.

Post-Secondary Funding

Sumas administers funding from the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada to assist with the cost of post-secondary studies for status member students.

Please Note: Due to limited funding and a high volume of interest in this program, we are currently operating with a waitlist. New applicants are unlikely to be funded until at least the 2017/18 academic year (current Grade 12 students are an exception) – please plan your education accordingly.

Community Development

Sumas hosts several community development programs throughout the year. Please watch the newsletters and the Sumas First Nation Facebook page for details on the following annual events, as well as other fun family opportunities:

  • Spring Break activities
  • Annual Easter Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
  • Summer events, activities, and field trips
  • Fall / Halloween events
  • Annual Children’s Christmas Party with Santa
  • Annual Christmas Dinner

Contact Us

If you have a general inquiry, please fill out the below form; otherwise, visit our contact page for information on specific buildings and departments.