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Winter Communique 2020

Board Governance

The Board of Directors met on January 23, 2020.  In attendance were five out of eight First Nation communities.  The Board approved the following:  minutes of October 17, 2019; third quarter financial variance as presented by the Director of Finance; the President’s report; the Comparative and International Education Society Panel Presentation (U.S.); the updated organizational chart for 2020-22; and; committees of the Board.  The Board had two informative presentations: VP of Lifelong Learning, M. Gibeault provided an update on the M’Shiigaade Miikan Essentials Skills and Training Program.  B. Roy-Carter, A/Director of Quality Assurance presented the Board with an update on the organization’s draft organizational review documents, with a final submission to the Indigenous Advanced Education Skills Council (IESC) tentatively scheduled for February 29, 2020.  The Board of Directors also completed updated Board Profiles/Pictures for our website.  The President highlighted the results of the 2019 staff satisfaction survey and the recommendations moving forward.  A five year human resource strategy/plan will be completed and presented in the Spring of 2020 taking into consideration the staff survey.  The organizational chart was updated and approved with the core functional areas:  Lifelong learning; Anishinabe Aadziwin; Corporate Services; and; Institutional Planning and Development.  Lastly, the Board deferred the policy review to a full day.  It will be held on February 28, 2020.

Post-Secondary Education and Training

The post-secondary Business diploma students are completing their semester of a two-year diploma program, a program in partnership with Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. With a full course load again this semester, exciting opportunities are ahead as students utilize the knowledge and skills gained through the program to develop a winning business strategy for their respective companies (in a computerized business simulation course). 

PSW students preparing for their final clinical and consolidation placements

Kenjgewin Teg Personal Support Workers (PSW) students continue to receive the necessary training required prior to beginning their clinical and consolidation placements in February for the final eight weeks of their program. At the beginning of the semester, in January, the students received a multitude of training opportunities in addition to their regular class requirements; First Aid/CPR along with Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) were two training sessions completed. Regarding the GPA training, the students learned valuable skills to assist in their impending careers as Personal Support Workers, some of which included: 

  • Introduction to GPA and Person-Centered Care;
  • Brain and Behaviour;
  • Interpersonal Environment-Communication Strategies; and,
  • Gentle Persuasive Techniques.

Students of the Welder Fitter and Trades Fundamentals post-secondary programs were eager to return to school for the Winter semester (January 2020), after a much-deserved Christmas break, to continue their studies in the one-year certificate program.  During semester one (Fall semester), students in both programs collaborated in the design and construction of three (3) ice huts; the Carpentry students built the framed structures and the welding students designed and fabricated the aluminum skis that will mount on the huts for movability and ease. The completed ice huts will be utilized within the Anishinaabe Aadziwin programming events of Kenjgewin Teg.

The Winter semester will entail the Trades Fundamental students participating in courses such as Plumbing, Welding Basics, Automotive/Machining Basics, AutoCAD, and College Communications.

In parallel, the Welder Fitter students will conclude their semester learning the different processes involved in welding; future projects include manufacturing an 8x16 tandem trailer along with some smaller personal projects.

Student Enrolment Highlights

The percentage between male and female students attending Kenjgewin Teg has 20% more male students enrolled.  The increase in male students over the past years may be partially attributed to Kenjgewin Teg’s new Trades and Skills Centre as well as new pathways to access PSE programs; the new Trades and Skills Centre was completed and began delivering programs in October 2019.

An overwhelming majority of students attending Kengjewin Teg, 90%, are Indigenous students.


Appendix A: Student Enrollment Highlights

Of the students attending Kenjgewin Teg during the past two years, a significant majority are under 40 years of age. This can be viewed as a local indicator that younger students are choosing an Indigenous Institute as their access point for post-secondary education and the importance of admissions criteria and student supports essential for Indigenous students to access PSE at Kenjgewin Teg.

Over a two year period, there were 132 students without an OSSD credential enrolled in either a pathways or post-secondary program (the majority would be pathways students; some students would have been enrolled as mature students, without an OSSD, and would have met PSE admission requirements through mature student testing). During this same period, there were 154 students in a pathways or post-secondary program with an OSSD. Over this two year period, there were 169 males and 117 females who initially inquired or actually enrolled in a pathways or post-secondary program.  There is a slighter higher number of males without an OSSD attending Kenjgewin Teg.


Dual Credits: School College Work Initiative (SCWI)

Cambrian College/Rainbow District School Board/Kenjgewin Teg

Kenjgewin Teg has embarked on another partnership with Rainbow District School Board (RDSB) and Cambrian College to deliver dual credits. This partnership will support student success through exploration, awareness and engagement in college and apprenticeship destinations. Kenjgewin Teg is a community partner and is excited to work with the regional planning team in the Sudbury region for the design and implementation for dual credits. The dual credit will be delivered at Kenjgewin Teg’s newly constructed Anishinabek Skills and Innovation and Research Centre that opened in the fall of 2018. The first course to be delivered is Applied Technology I, PRT1000, and will be offered to 10 students. This will be a blended partnership with Manitoulin Secondary School. The course will run from February 10 to April 29, 2020. Students enrolled in this dual credit course will receive credit both on their OSSD and Cambrian College transcript if they successfully complete the course.This partnership continues to build on the strong working relationship with RDSB/MSS and promoting the trades as viable career pathways for our students here on Manitoulin Island. Trades in the labour market are in high demand and we want our students to have hands on learning opportunities in our state of the art trades centre. We have the opportunities right here on Manitoulin to provide this linkage to the trades and employment. A formal partnership launch will occur on March 11, 2020 with Cambrian College/Rainbow District School Board and Kenjgewin Teg. For more information, contact M. Gibeault at 705-377-4342.

Chainsaw Operator Course –
January 22, 2020

Kenjgewin Teg hosted a Chainsaw Operator course on January 22, 2020; 16 participants took part in the one-day safety training course with instructor/facilitator Dave Cranston.

Upcoming PSE & Training Opportunities – Stay Tuned!

  • Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
    September 2020 start
  • Computer Applications Program
    February 2020 start
  • Welder Fitter Program
    September 2020 start
  • Indigenous Classroom Assistant Program
    Summer 2020 start (tentative only; finalization pending)
  • Aboriginal Teacher Education Program
    May 2020 start 
  • AQ: Teaching FNMI Children (2 locations)
    Summer 2020
  • AQ: Outdoor Experiential Education (2 locations Summer 2020
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Program
    (Program Confirmation & Start Date TBC)
  • Early Childhood Education Anishinaabemowin Program (Program Confirmation & Start Date TBC)
  • Introduction to Welding (General Interest/Skills Development) (Course Start Date TBC)
  • Introduction to Carpentry (General Interest/Skills Development) (Course Start Date TBC)
  • Introduction to Electrical Techniques (General Interest/Skills Development) (Course Start Date TBC)
  • Introduction to Plumbing Techniques (General Interest/Skills Development) (Course Start Date TBC)
  • Working at Heights (General Interest/Skills Development) (February 19, 2020)
  • Chainsaw Operator Safety Training Certification Course (February 18, 2020)
  • Hunter Safety/Possession Acquisition License Course (Coming September 2020)


Journey Together – Mnidoo Mnising Sharing & Learning Centre for All

Participants gathered at Kenjgewin Teg on Saturday Feb. 1st for the Biboon (Winter) quarterly professional development for early learning staff & educators, to increase Indigenous ways of learning, teaching and being. Educators made their way from Sudbury, French River and across Mnidoo Mnising and created Medicine Wheel bundle blankets. Opening prayer was provided by M’Chigeeng Elder – Alma Jean Migwans, who also provided Medicine Wheel teachings to the group ~ Anishinaabe Kendaaswin. The group also participated in land based activities for the afternoon session. We were blessed with plenty of beautiful snow on this day! Our office location has changed, we are now located at 14 Water Street East - Room 208, Little Current, ON (Did you know? Little Current’s place name in Ojibwe is Wewebijiwong – “a place where the waters are fast or a place where waters go back and forth”). However our programs/events will take place at Early ON Sites across the Manitoulin/Sudbury District with quarterly PD sessions at Kenjgewin Teg. For more information please contact us at 705-377-4342 Ext 221 or 226.

Quality Assurance Update

Approved by the Board of Directors as part of phased-in organizational restructuring of Kenjgewin Teg in August 2019, Beverley Roy transitioned to a new role as Director of Quality Assurance over the past few months. This new role in quality assurance has had an immediate focus of working on Kenjgewin Teg’s organizational review submission documents as identified and required by the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council’s (IAESC) 25 benchmark and standard categories. These benchmark categories are in the following areas: (more details of these requirements for an organizational review can be found at

  • Organizational Authority and Structure (8 standards)
  • Educational Programming (9 standards); and
  • General Operations (8 standards)

Kenjgewin Teg will be submitting its organizational review documents according to these 25 standards prior to the 2019-2020 fiscal year end. 

Why is this important for Kenjgewin Teg? Once Kenjgewin Teg receives a successful organization review, the organization will then be on the path toward creating and developing its own certificates, diplomas and degrees (with another set of requirements and standards to meet, which have not yet been released by IAESC as of January 2020).  The following is a description of the legislation and resulting bodies and organizations that will be part of Kenjgewin Teg’s upcoming organization review and part of the quality assurance process going forward when Kenjgewin Teg begins creating and developing its own certificates, diplomas and degrees:

  • Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017
This Act acknowledges the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which recognizes the right of Indigenous peoples to establish and control their educational systems and institutes providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning. This legislation recognizes Indigenous Institutes as a unique and complementary pillar of Ontario’s post-secondary education and training system. Further, Ontario Regulation 239/18 identifies and names nine Indigenous Institutes in Ontario for the purposes of Section 6 of the Indigenous Institutes Act. Kenjgewin Teg is one of these nine Indigenous Institutes named in this Ontario Regulation.
  • Indigenous Advanced Education Council (IAESC)
IAESC is an Indigenous-controlled and governed Council, recognized under the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017 and tasked with establishing quality assurance standards and benchmarks for organizations and programs delivered by the Indigenous Institutes pillar.  IAESC may approve Indigenous Institutes to grant diplomas, certificates and degrees; establish a quality assessment board and quality assurance standards; make recommendations to the Ontario government regarding which Indigenous Institutes should be included to receive operating funding; and, approve Indigenous Institutes to use the term “university.”>
  • Indigenous Institutes Quality AssessmentBoard (IIQAB)

This Board will provide objective and independent recommendations to the Indigenous Advanced Education Council (IAESC) on the approval of applications from Indigenous Institutes to grant credentials. The IIQAB is an impartial committee composed of six community and sector subject matter experts, and a Chair, whose independence preserves the credibility of IAESC’s quality assurance process. 

  • Indigenous Institute Organization Review Committee (IIORC)

This will be standing Committee of IIQAB established in conjunction with the applicant Indigenous Institutes. The IIORC will review the organizational soundness and capacity of applicants, using the standards and benchmarks adopted by the Council (IAESC). Members of this Committee will be selected by IIQAB.

Look who has joined the Kenjgewin
Teg team!


We have been busy at Kenjgewin Teg recruiting positions that play a huge role in supporting students to find their gifts.

We are pleased to announce the following new
team members:

  • Justin Francis, Education Navigator, is providing support services to students of M’Chigeeng from grade 7 to grade 12;
  • Regan Esquimaux, Program Assistant, is providing administrative and coordinative support services for programming at the Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre;
  • Gene Cada, Anishinaabemowin Immersion Instructor, is joining the Ngwaaganak Program at Lakeview School providing instruction in Anishinaabemowin;
  • Meagan Middleton, Numeracy Coach, is providing service to Lakeview School with a focus on numeracy;
  • Brian Nootchai, Mshiigaade Miikan Site Coordinator, will be leading the program happenings for the program at the Kenjgewin Teg main site; and
  • Debra Tate, Facilitator, is joining the team as an instructor in the Mshiigaade Miikan program.

Kenjgewin Teg is still looking for individuals to join our team that will bring new energy to the learning environment, stay tuned for the positions to be posted in the next few weeks:

  • Indigenous Early Years Instructor
  • Programs Coordinator Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Coach

The application deadline for all three positions is February 26, 2020.  Please feel free to contact the Director of Operations at 705-377-4342 for more information.

Photo: Debra Tate, Mshiigaade Miikan Facilitator and Justin Francis, Education Navigator.  Missing from photo are Regan Esquimaux, Gene Cada, Brian Nootchai and Meagan Middleton.

Staff Development & Activity Days @ Kenjgewin Teg

It’s a time for learning, having fun and getting to know each other!  The Fall Staff Development day held on November 14, 2019 was just that.  Staff had the opportunity to complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator form that identified one of 16 sixteen personality types that fit within one of four different groups.  Are you a green, gold, blue or orange personality?

The morning was facilitated by Rick McLean from McLean Consulting who brought an Anishinaabe twist to describing the personality types and behaviours.  The room was filled with laughter and joking as the staff discovered their personality colours.  Rick shared what words and phrases best characterized each personality colour, patterns of behavior, abilities and values.  Oh, let’s now forget the discussion on what the staffs’ stressors are.  All jokes aside, the staff had the opportunity to get to know each other and share many laughs together.  The staff felt this was a great exercise as Kenjgewin Teg continues to grow and create a learning environment that is engaging and inspiring.  Chi-miigwech to Rick for facilitating a morning of learning and laughter!

Then on January 31, 2020 the Kenjgewin Teg staff took part in our Bboon staff development. The day included a very informative and engaging presentation on Trauma Informed Schools, led by Dr. Pamela Toulouse. This interactive presentation included visualization strategies such as designing trauma informed learning spaces.

Our afternoon also involved getting out on the land in a fire building challenge. These outdoor experiences have a great way of bringing our staff together, in finding creative ways to meet challenges and barriers. We ended our day of collaborative learning with guests from the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service, Social Navigator Program for an informative session on Human Trafficking. We strive to make ourselves aware of social trends, and how we can bring this valuable information to our students. We will continue to work with the Social Navigator Program with awareness initiatives.

First Nation Education Transformation K-12 (Second Level Services (FNSSP)


As First Nations continue to move forward under the auspices of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), three more participating communities of Kenjgewin Teg’s Second Level Services have completed service maps for their K-12 schools (formerly known as FNSSP) and will receive their funding directly from ISC.  Constance Lake, Temagami, and Sagamok Anishinabek will be receiving their funding directly for their K-12 students where they were formerly part of the FNSSP aggregate of Kenjgewin Teg.  Respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nations education, First Nations, and organizations designated by First Nations, are responsible for managing and delivering education programs and services for students who are ordinarily living on reserve. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provides funding for students who ordinarily live on reserve, are 4 to 21 years of age, and are enrolled in and attending an eligible elementary or secondary program.  The FNSSP officially came to an end in 2018-19 and will be rolled into the core funding model that is being devised/developed along with other proposals such as New Paths.  This past year, staff at Kenjgewin Teg were working closely with our remaining communities to transition direct funding agreements if there was a completed service plan outlining the continuations of supports for their students/schools.  The service plans completed by the respective First Nations and band council resolutions have been submitted to both Kengjewin Teg and ISC for the three participating First Nation Communities.  Kenjgewin Teg will continue to support the remaining First Nation communities as requested/required.    In the meantime, Kenjgewin Teg will continue to operate a secondary school aimed at those mature and independent learners seeking an OSSD which is funding protected until 2023. 

Anishinabemowin Language Corner for Language Learners

WENESH E-MIIGWECHWENDMAN NONGWA?  What are you thankful for today?

  1. Miigwechwendam aasagaabwiitaadying.
    I am thankful that we support each other.
  2. Miigwechwendam maampii teg bwezo gamig.
    I am thankful that we have a sweatlodge here.
  3. Miigwechwendmak giitziimak.
    I am thankful for my parents.
  4. Miigwechwendma ndaanis miinwaa ngwis.
    I am thankful for my daughter and son.
  5. Miigwechwendma ndawemaa miinwaa nwiikaanenh.
    I am thankful for my sister and my brother.
  6. Miigwechwendmak wesiinhik (moozok, waawaashkesh, mshiikenhig) miinwaa giigoonhik.
    I am thankful for the animals( such as moose, deer and turtles) and the fish.
  7. Miigwechwendma giizis miinwaa dbik giizis.
    I am thankful for the sun and the moon.
  8. Miigwechwendam kina netaawging ezaakiik
    I am thankful for all the vegetables that grow.
  9. Miigwechwendam maanwang miijyaanh ensa giizhigak.
    I am thankful for the fruit that I eat every day.
  10. Miigwechwendam e-biinaagmik nbiish mnikweyaanh ensa giizhigak.
    I am thankful for the clean water I drink every day.

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