Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute

Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute | M'Chigeeng First Nation, Ont. | Founded 1994

Kenjgewin Teg is an Indigenous-owned and -governed college in M’Chigeeng on beautiful Manitoulin Island. Kenjgewin Teg means “place of knowledge,” and the school was founded 27 years ago to answer a question: “What does ‘education’ really mean for the Indigenous people of Canada?”

The school offers holistic education based on Anishinabek cultural learning and welcomes Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. They learn from Traditional Knowledge Holders and Anishinabek Elders through classes, a traditional teaching lodge and confidential, personal guidance. The school serves free nutritious snacks and lunches daily.

Kenjgewin Teg offers college and university accredited programs, trades training, pre-employment training programs, school support services, professional development workshops and general interest learning. In 2016, it launched Ontario’s first immersion-based early childhood educator program that is grounded in an Indigenous world view. The program is offered in partnership with Canadore College and incorporates learning in the Ojibwe language (Anishinaabemowin). The Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre opened in 2019. The facility focuses on trades skill development and has a fully equipped welding shop along with classrooms. Students can be tested on-site for certain certifications. The centre identifies and responds to labour needs in the Sudbury-Manitoulin region.

Size of school Tuition Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  Set by partner colleges and universities in ontario; varies from $800-$6,000 for top five programs No

Cool Options

  • Standalone Programs: Kenjgewin Teg will soon offer and accredit its own certificates, diplomas and degrees; the school is progressing through quality assurance requirements under Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes Act.
  • Indigenous Education: Through partnerships with colleges and universities, students can access accredited programs in Indigenous teacher education, Anishinaabemowin early childhood education and more. 
  • Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre: Students learn trades fundamentals, welding, pre-apprenticeship carpentry and more in this new building.

Popular Programs

  • Pathways and Access to Post-secondary Programs
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Master of Social Work
  • Aboriginal Teacher Education