Who are Indigenous Institutes in Ontario?
Kenjgewin Teg is one of nine Indigenous Institutes in Ontario recognized under the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017. Indigenous Institutes are acknowledged together with Colleges and Universities as part of the region’s higher education system. Indigenous Institutes like Kenjgewin Teg are grounded in Indigenous culture and look to their communities for strength, knowledge, and guidance in lifelong learning. Kenjgewin Teg offers a flexible adult learning environment supporting learners in various academic and career pathways. See kenjgewinteg.ca for more information on programs.
How do the quality assurance systems in Ontario’s Indigenous PSE landscape support “First Nation Control of First Nation Education?”
Like other Indigenous Institutes in Ontario, Kenjgewin Teg derives their original mandate and authority from the First Nation communities they serve. New and supporting systems and mechanisms in place, such as the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017 and the quality assurance body, the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC), together support the implementation of First Nation community original mandates and control over First Nation education systems.
How quickly will new diplomas, certificates, and degrees be created and delivered by Kenjgewin Teg?
Kenjgewin Teg’s organizational recognition of credential granting authority is the first step within prescribed quality assurance processes for Indigenous Institutes in Ontario. The next steps in quality assurance for Kenjgewin Teg’s own-credentialed diplomas, certificates, and degrees require that individual programs now be submitted and approved by IAESC (see iaesc.ca). IAESC establishes this process, and all new diplomas, certificates, and degrees requirements undergo a separate quality assurance process as next steps. New programs and curriculum development by Kenjgewin Teg will take time and additional resources over the next five years, with some work already being started in this area.
What is currently happening and plans for the gift received of the Indigenous Studies degree program from the University of Sudbury?
In Fall 2021, Kenjgewin Teg was gifted the Indigenous Studies degree program from the University of Sudbury. This gift represents a tremendous opportunity for the continuity of delivery of Indigenous Studies to Northern Ontario learners to earn their degree, diploma, or certificate from an Indigenous Institute. In ensuring program continuity, in January 2022, a new innovative pilot project partnership with Kenjgewin Teg’s long-standing partner, Queen’s University, has three Indigenous studies courses now being delivered to learners directly from an Indigenous Institute. Kenjgewin Teg will be seeking expanded partnerships with other higher education institutions for further innovation to impact Ontario’s post-secondary learners.