Ontario Helping Aboriginal Students Succeed

by NationTalk on April 1, 2008710 Views

McGuinty Government Boosts Investment In First Nations Technical Institute

TORONTO, April 1 –


The First Nations Technical Institute will continue to provide high-quality programs to Aboriginal students in a new partnership with the Ontario government. The new partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will help the institute develop a long-term plan to deliver a quality educational experience for Aboriginal students. A one-time, $1.5-million investment will guarantee that it will continue to welcome students.

The institute is Aboriginal owned and controlled. Founded in 1985, it is the oldest Aboriginal postsecondary institute (http://www.fnti.net/) in Ontario.


“Together with the First Nations Technical Institute, we’re strengthening Ontario by helping Aboriginal students reach their full potential,” said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

“We are pleased to work with the Government of Ontario to ensure that our students can complete their programs of study for this year,” said Karihwakeron Tim Thompson, president and CAO, First Nations Technical Institute. “We continue to strive to achieve equity and fairness in postsecondary education.”

“Training means jobs,” said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant. “The First Nations Technical Institute is the starting point for more jobs, a stronger economy, and a brighter future for the Tyendinaga community and Ontario’s First Nations students.”

“For more than twenty years, the First Nations Technical Institute has helped Aboriginal people from this community and across the province find success through postsecondary education,” said Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Leona Dombrowsky. “I am pleased that we are able to strengthen the partnership with the institute.”


Founded in 1985, the First Nations Technical Institute is the longest standing Aboriginal postsecondary institute in Ontario. It is located on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, a First Nations community near Belleville, and is Aboriginal owned and operated.

The institute offers postsecondary programs, in partnership with colleges and universities, in a range of areas, including social work, public administration and aviation. It also offers community programs such as the Tyendinaga Justice Circle.

More than 2,000 students have graduated from the institute in its 22-year history, with 90 per cent of graduates going on to find jobs.


The number of Aboriginal students pursuing postsecondary education across Ontario is on the rise and Ontario is committed to ensuring that every Aboriginal student reaches their full potential.

In 2007-08, Ontario invested $24 million in Aboriginal postsecondary education and training. This investment includes $10 million for projects at colleges and universities that are aimed at helping Aboriginal students succeed at the postsecondary level.

Students can visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ YourFuture (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/yourfuture/index.html) website to find out more about attending a college, university or apprenticeship program.


For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister’s Office, (416) 326-5748; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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