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About pnlp

Peterborough Native Learning Program welcomes students ages 19 and older who want to get their GED/grade 12 equivalency for free! No cost in dollars! The only cost is your time an denergy and efforts to be the best you can be! Welcome to an environment that respects your privacy and encourages you to reach for your goals inlife!

A Lovely Donation…

I had the extraordinary pleasure today to speak and meet with Ann Cossar, who came to me today to donate some books on varying Aboriginal topics, and two very beautiful Aboriginal Vases.

Ann brought these items on behalf of her good friend Taimi Henderson of Peterborough, who wished for these books to be donated to PNLP.

On behalf of the staff and students of PNLP…

Taimi, thank you so so much for the books and the vases, they are beautiful and I know our students and staff will enjoy them.

Ann, thank you so very much for bringing them to us and for the lovely chat


Curve Lake Pow Wow

PNLP will be at the Curve Lake Pow Wow on September 16, 2017.

Please feel free to drop by our booth find out what we do and how we can help you absolutely FREE!!!

The Pow Wow is on both September 16, 2017 and September 17, 2017, check out the flyer below…

PNLP will be CLOSED for Labour Day

Summer is winding down, the sun is getting lower in the sky, and with that PNLP will be recognizing the last day of Summer Holidays with a Closure…

We will be closed on September 4, 2017 and returning on September 5, 2017.

Have a great LONG weekend!

A reminder to Students, Friday September 1, 2017 will be our last day finishing at 1:00 PM, Friday September 8 will be a full day until 4:30 pm.





Donations needed

Aaniin (Hello),

My name is Jason Gilbert and I am the Administrative Assistant for the Peterborough Native Learning Program (PNLP).   PNLP is a nonprofit organization offering:

  • FREE Literacy Services to Adults age 19 and older, which include:
    • Classes in the City and County of Peterborough, Curve Lake and Lakefield
    • Certified teachers available at each site
    • An inclusive, supportive, inviting environment
    • Continuous intake of clients
    • Training Supports for qualifying clients
    • Welcomes Native and Non-Native Adults
  • FREE Digital Skills Upgrading-Computer Basics
  • FREE Upgrading- Math, Reading, Writing
  • FREE Grade 12 equivalency/GED preparation
  • FREE Resume Writing services
  • FREE Course Materials and instruction provided
  • FREE Portfolio Building

As you can see, the PNLP offers a number of Free courses for students who wish to upgrade/update their skills for life and the workplace.   Whether students are working to continue their education to better themselves, working to complete their GED preparation in time for the final exam or to enhance their work skills;  We are here to help!

Over the years Peterborough Native Learning Program is proud to have:

  • Received its core funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, City of Peterborough funding
  • Privately funded by KM Hunter Charitable Foundation.
  • Maintained its head office in the Peterborough Square
  • Satellite Offices in downtown Lakefield and in Curve Lake First Nation Employment Resource Centre
  • Been in operation since 1994

While this funding is extremely helpful in providing these services to students, sometimes they fall short and do not cover all of our costs for these students.  PNLP provides nutritious snacks at no cost to the students, coffee, tea, water and juices.  We would also like to offer courses that the government funding cannot cover which the students have asked for.

This is where you come in, PNLP is in need of donations to assist with these expenses. We have set up a donation page through   For every 10 dollar donation we will provide a Tax Receipt.

You can find our donation page in the link below: – click on the donate now button

or directly at:

Miigwetch (Thank you)

Jason and the staff and students at PNLP

Welcome Back

We hope all staff and students had a fun and relaxing break!

A small reminder that our hours of operation until September 1, 2017 are as follows:

Monday to Thursday – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Friday – 9:00 am to 1:00 p


Drop in, say hi and see if we can help you too!!

Departing staff and new/returning staff

We are announcing the departure of two staff Members who will not be returning after the Summer Break for PNLP, and their replacements after the break!!

Robert “Bobby” Knott – will be moving on to a position in the Curve Lake Employment Resource Centre.

Jason Gilbert – will be taking Bobby’s place at the front desk as PNLP’s new Administrative Assistant.

Meghan – will be leaving as our instructor, on to a new position, we wish Meghan well.

Veronica Burton – will be returning as instructor, to help our students further themselves.

Good luck Bobby and Meghan!!

Welcome to Jason and Welcome Back to Veronica!!


A Dear Friend of the Community!

Here is a wonderful picture of our Executive Director, Donna Mackay and lovely patron Carol Winters! Carol has been coming to our school for a number of years. She is truly a remarkable person who advocates a lot for our community and its people! Thank you Carol for brightening our lives with your visits to the Peterborough Native Learning Program!