First Nations Technical Institute: Tuition and Profile

First Nations Technical Institute

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


The Indigenous-owned and governed First Nations Technical Institute infuses traditional knowledge into the learning experience. From incorporating Indigenous practices and learning methodologies in the lecture hall to involving elders in learning sessions and ceremonies, the school’s curricula is rooted in First Nations knowledge and culture.

The school has its main campus as well as an aviation campus in Tyendinaga where a student residence is also located. The Tyendinaga Aerodrome is complete with classrooms, a gym and aircraft hangars. Graduates of the aviation (advanced diploma) program hold a commercial licence. It is the country’s only aviation training program designed for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit learners.

With the exception of aviation, all classes are delivered in what is known as “intense delivery mode,” meaning approximately one week of intense instruction followed by a break. In between those weeks, learners return to employment and family commitments, submitting assignments prior to the next week of class.

The institute offers college programming including community justice service, mental health and addiction worker,  and Indigenous community diabetes support, as well as a number of university programs. FNTI also offers a master’s of social work and professional master’s of public administration.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $6,600 $3,379 $3,379 $7,509 Yes

Cool Options
Indigenous Community Diabetes Support: This certificate focuses on facilitating access to services, health promotion, and teaching self-management support for individuals, families and community members.
• Community and Justice Services: Students in this diploma program learn about conflict resolution, mental health and addictions, suicide prevention and forensics.
• Personal Support Worker: This one-year certificate program trains students to offer personal care and home management services to clients in community or institutional settings.

Popular Programs
• Social Service Worker
• Bachelor of Social Work
• First People’s Aviation
• Mental Health and Addiction Worker
• Public Administration and Governance


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