Founded in 1993, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) offers an education with first-hand Indigenous knowledge. The school is guided by the values of Ga’nigohi:yo/Kanikoriio (respect and the good mind), which include fairness, integrity, sharing, kindness and co-operation.
SNP partners with four colleges and six universities to offer a range of degree, diploma and certificate programs, such as community and justice services, practical nursing and construction techniques. SNP is also the only school in Canada with a degree program in Ogwehoweh languages. Students can pick streams in Mohawk or Cayuga.
One of SNP’s campuses is on the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River. With more than 12,000 residents, it is Canada’s most populous First Nation. The land also houses Canada’s largest single block of Carolinian forest, which students can explore through parks and walking trails. The other campus in Brantford recently received a $5-million upgrade to make it one of the most energy-efficient campuses in Ontario. The entire building is fitted with LED lights and topped with a solar roof. The renovation added new computer labs, 3D printers and a commercial kitchen.
SNP offers the Indigenous Knowledge Centre, a repository for Six Nations research, resources and knowledge. School staff include Indigenous Knowledge Guardians—experts in Indigenous traditions and languages.
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- Bachelor of Ogwehoweh Languages: The program focuses on language and grammar in Mohawk or Cayuga. Both language streams include courses on Hodinohso:ni culture and society, including history, stories and myths, governance and cosmology.
- Continuing Education Artisan Series: This expanding series of workshops offers lessons in raised beadwork and textile arts. Students learn, for example, to make baby ribbon shirts and dresses.
- Practical Nursing in Aboriginal Communities
- University Consortium Year One Program
- Registered Practical Nursing Diploma to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Continuing Education Artisan Series
- Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention