First Nations Technical Institute

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

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 two learning sites in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, as well as a student residence. The Tyendinaga Aerodrome features modern classrooms and aircraft hangars, and it houses the First Peoples’ aviation technology program; graduates leave with a commercial pilot’s 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 currently offers diplomas in social service, mental health and addiction, early childhood education and community justice. 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: Students get hands-on flight training and develop skills in navigation and radio operation.
  • Standalone Degrees: FNTI will offer standalone degree programs in 2021, including in Indigenous social work, Indigenous midwifery and Indigenous food systems.

Popular Programs

  • Social Service Worker
  • Mental Health and Addiction Worker
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Public Administration and Governance