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 26 years ago to answer the question, “What does ‘education’ really mean for the Indigenous people of Canada?”

The school offers holistic education based on Anishinabek cultural learning and welcomes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Students learn from Traditional Knowledge Holders and Anishinabek Elders through various classes, a traditional teaching lodge and confidential, personal guidance. The school also 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’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 Anishinabek Skills, Innovation and Research Centre opened in 2019. The facility focuses on skilled trades such as welding, plumbing and electrical work, and features a large, adaptable shop along with classrooms. 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 No

Cool Options

  • Standalone Programs: Kenjgewin Teg will soon offer and accredit its own certificates, diplomas and degrees; quality assurance requirements will be met under Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes Act.
  • Indigenous Education: Students in teaching and learning programs can access additional courses in teaching Ojibwe, outdoor experiential learning and teaching First Nation, Métis and Inuit children.
  • 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
  • Additional Qualifications for Educators