First Nations Technical
Institute (FNTI) recently launched its interactive Indigenous Enrolment & Alumni Map.
The map, created and maintained by FNTI and superimposed on Google Maps,
shows First Nation, Metis & Inuit communities across Ontario and Canada.
The map provides a visual representation of FNTI's
Indigenous community reach (FNTI alumni and current students in attendance.)
FNTI is a post-secondary institute based in Tyendinaga, Ontario
that specializes in Indigenous post-secondary education. It has served
students across Ontario and from coast to coast to coast – including three
territories and all 10 provinces.
“After 34 years of providing education to
First Nation communities far and wide, we now have a tool to record our reach
and engage people in a discussion about Indigenous post-secondary, said FNTI president Suzanne Brant. “The
interactive map will promote discussion about FNTI’s Indigenous post-secondary
history and our approach to community programming. It tells our story at a
The map showcases FNTI’s wide-reaching enrolment and is the first of its kind for Indigenous education.
When a user clicks on a pin, they
can learn information about the community (including location and membership)
and see the numbers of alumni and currently enrolled students, if any. FNTI strives for inclusivity and
equity, and the map helps to visualize this success.
“This mapping project
illustrates our reciprocal relationship with learners, communities, and
nations,” Brant said. “Learning is healing and healing is learning. FNTI is
delivering Indigenous education and our communities are becoming healthier,
building capacity and opening doors to economic opportunities.”
Although FNTI receives applications
for academic programs primarily from across Ontario, they also receive
applications to their First Peoples Aviation Technology program from across
Canada. This diversity makes FNTI a welcoming place of learning for Indigenous
peoples of all backgrounds.
FNTI continues to develop
Indigenous curriculum. “Our new programming is in response to identified need.
We listen and respond to requests from communities. Data collected informs our
enrolment plan and defines programming and locations to deliver to,” Brant
FNTI aims to serve more communities each year and provide Indigenous students with the opportunity to learn in their culture and fulfill their potential. Enrolments for the 2019-20 academic year are currently open and interested applicants can find more information here.