Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute

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

Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute is an Indigenous-owned and governed college in M’Chigeeng on beautiful Manitoulin Island. Kenjgewin Teg means “place of knowledge,” and KTEI was founded 25 years ago in response to the question “What does ‘education’ really mean for Canada’s Indigenous people?”

The school offers holistic education based on Anishinabek cultural learning, and welcomes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. It offers an Elders-in-residence program and recently constructed a sweat lodge. It also boasts many community-building initiatives, such as serving homemade soup four days a week.

KTEI 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’s program that is grounded in an Indigenous world view. The program is offered in partnership with Canadore College and is delivered mainly in Anishinaabemowin, the Algonquian language of the area.

The Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre is set to open this fall. This facility will focus on skilled trades such as welding, plumbing and electrical work, and will feature a large, adaptable shop along with classrooms. It will also engage in research to support the needs of Indigenous students in northern Ontario.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)  $7,500-$12,000 $3,000-$6,000 $2,000-$4,000 $2,000-$6,000 No

Cool Options

  • Mechanical Techniques Welder Fitter: Students learn multiple processes at individual welding stations, including shielded metal arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, brazing and cutting techniques.
  • Adult Educator: This certificate is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those engaged in delivering training to adults in the business, industry, service and education sectors.
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: This certificate program provides professionals with the knowledge and skills to improve services and influence policy development.

Popular Programs

  • Computer Applications
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Master of Social Work
  • Construction Estimator
  • Aboriginal Teacher Education