First Nations Technical Institute

First Nations Technical Institute | Tyendinaga, Ont. | Founded 1985

(Courtesy of FNTI)

The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) is an Indigenous-owned and -governed post-secondary institute that infuses Indigenous world views, knowledge and values into its programs. They incorporate, for example, Indigenous learning methodologies in the classroom and involve Elders in learning sessions and ceremonies. The institute’s programs are grounded in First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions and culture.

The institute has a campus and a student residence in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The Tyendinaga Aerodrome features modern classrooms, simulation technology and aircraft hangars, and it houses the First Peoples’ aviation technology program; graduates leave with a commercial pilot licence. This is the country’s only post-secondary aviation training program designed particularly for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners.

With the exception of the aviation program, all classes at FNTI are delivered in “intense delivery mode”; that is, courses are delivered in one-week instruction periods. Outside of those weeks, learners meet their employment and family commitments.

The institute offers diplomas in social service, mental health and addiction, early childhood education and personal support work. It also offers a bachelor of arts in public administration and governance, a master’s in social work and a professional master’s in public administration through a partnership with Queen’s University. 


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $3,980-$5,454 $3,300-$4,210 $4,824 $6,795-$7,140 Yes

Cool Options

  • The First Peoples’ Aviation Technology—Flight: Delivered in partnership with Canadore College, the program trains students to obtain commercial pilot licences and to meet the criteria for a flight dispatcher designation.
  • Standalone Programs: FNTI is working on launching standalone degree programs; streams in development include social work, justice, midwifery and trauma care.

Popular Programs

  • Social Service Worker
  • Mental Health and Addiction Worker
  • Early Childhood Education