A SUPPORTIVE AND RESPONSIVE
APPROACH TO EDUCATION
A SUPPORTIVE AND RESPONSIVE APPROACH TO EDUCATION
FNTI provides culturally-responsive post-secondary education that supports the self-empowerment, healing, identity formation and capacity of Indigenous Peoples and communities across Canada.
Conventional models of education are founded on a traditional business model, which perpetuates the ideal that the greatest student and the best worker is one who carries out their work in school or industry with high efficiency and consistency.
FNTI has reshaped this model to reflect a method of program delivery that ensures increased access to employment skills, high-quality education rooted in Indigegogy and Indigenous ways of knowing.
Indigenous learners participate in programs that are rooted in traditional knowledge based on enhancing education as medicine for the mind, body and spirit. We value the adult learning model and view our learners as already possessing many gifts, expertise, experience and knowledge. They are always invited to share their knowledge equally in the Indigenous classroom.
FNTI students are anchored in an inclusive environment and are surrounded by cultural advisors, faculty, staff and industry professionals to help them attain a culturally-relevant educational journey that reflects each learner’s self-identity. These aspects of cultural integration augment mainstream program delivery. FNTI students meet both cultural and post-secondary program vocational learning outcomes.
FNTI provides culturally relevant teachings, practices and curricula to ensure that Indigenous learners see themselves and their realities reflected in their classes, program delivery and student supports, including:
• Welcoming the presence and guidance of Elders/Cultural Advisors in the classroom.
• Fostering inclusive educational experiences through the use of sharing, learning and healing circles.
• Employing Indigenous and adult-friendly methodologies.
• Ensuring that Program Advisory Committees benefit from feedback from Elders, cultural advisors, Indigenous academics, Indigenous professionals, community representatives, alumni and other related stakeholders.
• Providing learner and employee access to the Cultural Resource Room at the Old York Road Campus.