Founded in 1993, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) offers an education with first-hand Indigenous knowledge. The school is guided by the values of Ga’nigohi:yo/Kanikoriio (respect and the good mind), which include fairness, integrity, sharing, kindness and co-operation.
SNP offers stand-alone degrees as well as approved trades training. It partners with colleges and universities to offer a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs, such as social service worker, early childhood education, personal support worker and construction techniques. SNP is also the only school in Canada with a degree program in Ogwehoweh languages. Students can pick streams in Mohawk or Cayuga.
One of SNP’s campuses is on the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River. This First Nation, which has more than 12,000 residents, is Canada’s most populous First Nation. The land also houses Canada’s largest single block of Carolinian forest, which students can explore through parks and walking trails. The other campus in Brantford recently received a $5-million upgrade to make it one of the most energy-efficient campuses in Ontario. The entire building is fitted with LED lights and topped with a solar roof. The renovation added new computer labs, 3D printers and a commercial kitchen.
SNP offers the Indigenous Knowledge Centre, a repository for Six Nations research, resources and knowledge. School staff include Indigenous knowledge guardians—experts in Indigenous traditions and languages.
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- Bachelor of Ogwehoweh Languages: In this three-year (or four-year honours) degree, Mohawk or Cayuga language and grammar are the focus of study. The program includes courses such as Hodinohso:ni History, and Culture and Tradition.
- University Consortium Year One Program: Students complete the first year of a bachelor of arts degree within the Six Nations community.
- Women in Welding: This tuition-free program is for students who identify themselves as women or non-binary. It provides a combination of theory, hands-on training and virtual training. A paid work placement is available.
- Practical Nursing
- Social Service Worker
- Personal Support Worker
- Pre-Apprenticeship Welding