Seven Generations Education Institute

Seven Generations Education Institute | Fort Frances, Ont. | Founded 1985

Sioux Lookout Stim Lab (Courtesyof Seven Generations Education Institute)

Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI), the vision of the Rainy Lake and Rainy River area chiefs in the 1980s, emerged when the leadership wanted better outcomes for their young people. SGEI now serves more than 20 communities across northwestern Ontario and focuses on the Treaty 3 territory. SGEI’s approach to program delivery and student support is grounded in Anishinaabe language, culture and world view. It offers degree, diploma and certificate programs in fields including arts and humanities, skilled trades, community services, business and health. Through its training-for-employment programs, students prepare for work while receiving a training allowance. The nine-month Azhemiinigoziwin program empowers women through life and job skills and Anishinaabe teachings. SGEI’s main campus is in Fort Frances; another is in Kenora. Both campuses include classrooms, dining space, a garden, a health-care lab, a supper pantry for students experiencing food insecurity and a commercially outfitted teaching kitchen. The Fort Frances trades lab accommodates construction and carpentry programs, and the Kenora campus includes a simulation lab for policing and social services programs. A third campus in Sioux Lookout hosts practical nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing, personal support worker and bachelor of arts programs and will soon offer training for employment programs. Student supports include a food pantry.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small $5,965 $3,614 $3,614 No

Cool options

  • Game Art: In this two-year diploma program, students combine learning in traditional arts with game development and studio-style digital art production. They also have the opportunity to participate in applied research projects.
  • Aesthetician: Students study topics such as skin care, makeup artistry and nail techniques, and get hands-on experience in a student-run community spa.
  • Welding Techniques: Learn theories behind welding, and work with various metals in a welding shop. Students also gain the skills to understand and develop blueprints.

Popular Programs

  • Police Foundations
  • Mental Health and Addictions Worker
  • Bachelor of Science—Nursing
  • Social Service Worker
  • Early Childhood Education

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