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The Unique Role of Indigenous Institutes in Ontario (E)

Stream: Transforming Leadership and Governance

Indigenous Institutes owned and governed by First Nations in Ontario have a unique connection to First Nation communities. Indigenous Institutes have the dual responsibilities of providing learning opportunities so that First Nations citizens can participate in the broader economy while sustaining Indigenous ways of knowing and being including revitalizing Indigenous languages. This presentation will showcase the impacts of seven (7) Indigenous post-secondary education and training Institutes that work collaboratively through the Indigenous Institute Consortium: Anishinabek Educational Institute; Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education & Training Institute; Kenjgewin Teg; Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre; Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: the Wenjack Education Institute; Shingwauk Teaching Lodge (Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig); and Six Nations Polytechnic. These Indigenous Institutes are the learning hubs of First Nation communities offering high-quality post-secondary education and training programs that span the spectrum of life-long learning. The seven Indigenous Institutes serve First Nation learners located in 99 communities across Ontario including remote, isolated, urban, northern, on-reserve, and off-reserve. With flexible delivery methods and culturally supportive learning environments, the Institutes provide access to post-secondary education and training to learners who may not otherwise have been engaged.Indigenous-controlled and governed post-secondary education and training is making a profound difference in the lives of Indigenous learners, and their communities. Our graduates are highly skilled and have the knowledge employers need. By accessing Indigenous post-secondary education and training that is grounded in Indigenous culture, language, and knowledge, Indigenous learners are contributing to strong local economies and robust communities.

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