Kenjgewin Teg is recognized in the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017. The way forward we have chosen in Indigenous education involves positively challenging current ideas, assumptions and existing systems about how we teach and learn and define student success. As an Indigenous place of learning, we are careful not to believe in ‘Indigenous student education gaps’ or ‘Indigenous student achievement gaps’ that often frames faults or deficiencies within learners, or their families, or their First Nation communities. We think it’s our places of learning, including Kenjgewin Teg, that need to change – and not only students/ekinoomaagejik.
To be sure, and undeniably – there are many challenges that must be overcome to have personal and community wellness. Kenjgewin Teg instead chooses to challenge existing education systems and policies that are in need of change. We believe the time is now to boldly continue challenging current education systems we’ve known for far too long, and policies and standards that have been in place for many decades. If we do this well at Kenjgewin Teg, Anishinaabe Aadziwin in our post-secondary education place of learning will be our measure of success in implementing our anti-oppressive education philosophy.
Being a part of creating and re-defining Anishinabek education sovereignty, as many other organizations are also doing – is exciting work!