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Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant

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.


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


Adam is Lunapeew and Anishnaabe from the Delaware Nation – Moraviantown. He’s a graduate of Trent University and FNTI/Queen’s. He has spent the last 10 years working in the university sector, principally in student support, and is new to the Aboriginal Institutes. Currently, he provides leadership to the following portfolios at First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI): Teaching Excellence and Learning, Student Success and Service Delivery, First Peoples Aviation, Ohahase Secondary School, Marketing/Communications and Records/Admissions. He current co-chairs and is a member of several Aboriginal 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.
Karma Chukdong

Karma Chukdong,


Karma Chukdong holds a Master of Arts, International Studies, UofT; an Honors BA, History, UofT; BA, Education, U of T. He has served as a teacher in two remote fly-in First Nation communities, first Big Trout Lake 209, ON and later Kasabonika Lake First Nation 210, ON.

Initially Karma was looking for similarities between Indigenous education and Indigenous Tibetan education models. After a short time, he noticed that the Ontario curriculum lacked cultural sensitivity in order to serve the needs of our First Nation learners and communities. Consequently, Karma adjusted his daily lesson plans and delivery to a more learner-centred model. From there he decided to earn additional qualifications make more concrete, positive change in school systems, both in curriculum and management. He eventually acquired a second master's degree from the University of Toronto in education. 

His Master of Education degree focused on post-colonial curriculum, policy, teaching, leadership, and education management. He wrote academic texts which addressed immediate concerns in education management today. These findings can be implemented by any administrator or educator who holds compassionate leadership as her or his philosophical pedagogy. 

Some published titles are: Educational Leadership: A Student-Centered Approach, Education Management: Building Student Success, and The Human Family.

Ian Fanning

Ian Fanning, 


Ian comes to this position with graduate degrees from Queen’s University, including his Master of Arts (MA) degree and his Master of Theological Studies (MTS). He is nearing completion of his PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. His doctoral research topic is Indigenous Masculinities, and he is planning to defend his completed dissertation in 2017. He completed his undergraduate degree through distance education at Athabasca University. Ian has also completed a three-year diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources Management from St. Lawrence College, as well as a General Arts and Science Diploma from St. Lawrence College.

Ian has worked for many years in the fields of education, curriculum design, teaching, workshop facilitation and social work. He has worked with and advocated for Indigenous students through previous roles at Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, KEYS Employment Services and Ontario March of Dimes.

Ian is a member of the Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquin community in Sharbot Lake.