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Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant executive team fnti

Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant, M.E.S, I.M.C, P.H.C.P,



Suzanne is Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory situated on the Bay of Quinte.  As President of FNTI, Suzanne is focused on ensuring that Indigenous Knowledge is woven through all aspects of the Institute, and committed to the idea that ‘responsive education’ remains the hallmark of her vision for FNTI. 

Suzanne is a recognized Traditional Health Educator and program developer, having graduated from the Institute of Integrated Medicine as an Integrated Medical Clinician. She attained a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University.  Over the past 25 years, key to her work has been the preservation of Indigenous knowledge. 

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to traditional uses of medicinal plants & their positive influence on health, and the role culture plays in the preservation of the natural environment.  Suzanne has a broad range of educator experience including supervising programming and faculty; providing leadership for program development; serving as manager on various projects; developing curriculum and teaching courses; developing and teaching professional development workshops.  Suzanne is a member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and formerly served on the Board of Governors for St. Lawrence College.


Kevin Ka’nahsohon Deer executive team fnti

Kevin Ka’nahsohon Deer


Ka’nahsohon Kevin is from the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake. He is a faith keeper at the Mohawk Trail Longhouse situated in Kahnawake and has acted in this capacity for almost 40 years. Kevin has been involved in education for the past 32 years with a focus on maintaining and enhancing the Mohawk language and culture starting in Six Nations (Ohswe:ken) in September 1988. The following year he moved back to Kahnawake and was at the Karonhianonhnha Mohawk immersion school for the last 30 years, progressing through roles as a teacher, vice-principal, principal and then returning back into the classroom delivering health curriculum to nursery, kindergarten, and grades one and two. He received his Bachelor’s in Education at McGill University in June 1996. He is passionate about Indigenous spiritual knowledge of Turtle Island that must be shared and understood by all the newcomers to the New World (North America) who are guests in our house. Our guests must understand this Knowledge and begin to live accordingly if there is going to be any hope for future generations. As Acting VPA, Kevin will use his Knowledge, experience, and expertise to help guide FNTI in becoming a model institution that can influence the entire world from the historic birthplace of “Rononhsionniton” (the Peacemaker).


Adam Hopkins, B.A., M.P.A. executive team fnti

Adam Hopkins, B.A., M.P.A.



Adam is Lunapeew and Anishinaabe from the Delaware Nation – Moraviantown. He’s a graduate of Trent University and FNTI/Queen’s. He spent 10 years working in the university sector, principally in student support, before coming to First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI). Currently, he provides leadership to the following portfolios at FNTI: Marketing, Recruitment and Community Partnerships; Office of the Registrar; and Student Success and Service Delivery. Adam has been instrumental in FNTI’s accreditation processes with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC). He currently co-chairs and is a member of several Indigenous Education Councils throughout the province. He has also been heavily involved in the Friendship Centre movement and sits on several boards/councils related to that work.


Donna Silver-Smith,



Donna is Vice President, Corporate Services at First Nations Technical Institute where she focuses on organizational strategic operations and initiatives. Prior to her work as an executive team member, she has held management positions with St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. Donna is a proven professional with over 25 years of experience in human resource management and post-secondary professional development training. Donna attended the Bachelor of Arts, Sociology at Trent University.  As well as being part of leadership teams for international private corporations, she has spent the last decade and a half working with organizations to align their strategies with business outcomes.


Cathie Findlay