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FNTI COVID-19 Updates 

Dear College Program Students, 

(April 6, 2020) Nya:wen – miigwetch – thank you for all of your patience as we mobilize the delivery of our final courses for the Spring 2020 academic term through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Your cohort’s unique virtual learning plan is grounded in the importance of continued engagement between you, your instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and each other. Even though the way in which we will be delivering is different from our last contact, our approach is still centred in maintaining relationships and how they support teaching, learning and healing in the ways you’ve come to know at FNTI.  

What is virtual learning?  

  • All of your academic classes and interactions with instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and/or FNTI employees will be conducted remotely via online platforms, requiring computer and internet access (access to technical requirements can be facilitated through your student success facilitator).  

  • Virtual classroom management will be led by your assigned student success facilitator, from sign-on, class times, access to recordings, resource sharing and discussion coordination. Some cohorts may be temporarily assigned a new SSF. You can still access/chat with them through this new delivery.  

  • FNTI will be using the digital video conference platform Zoom in order to create an online community for your cohort to connect regularly.   

o   The platform is enabled to accommodate the presence and engagement of all of your peers, your instructor, cultural advisor and student success facilitator in real time and through recorded sessions.  

o   Zoom is free to students – you simply join a virtual classroom meeting as created by your student success facilitator. Please consult FNTI’s Zoom User Guide

o   Online videoconferencing allows us an amazing opportunity to connect, but it can be different than working face to face. Please consult FNTI’s Virtual Learning Etiquette Guide to set the foundation for respect and consideration in this new learning environment.  

o   You will be fully supported in learning how to use this new technology – your assigned SSF has become an expert! The IT help desk is also available to assist you, they even have after hours support! Further information will be provided by your SSF.  

Your Schedule  

  • Further details surrounding scheduled Zoom participation times will be sent to you by your designated student success facilitator. Please note that your designated SSF may not be the same one as before the pandemic outbreak – it is important that you refer to the communications you will be receiving beginning this week.  

  • While we hope that you will be able to join the scheduled participation times, we recognize that our new reality is not without challenges – child care, community commitments, work schedules, access to technology, etc. We encourage you to connect with your designated student success facilitator to discuss these issues and be reassured of alternate options that will keep you engaged with your classes, and able to complete mandatory assignments, evaluations, etc.  

This is a time of learning. We are learning how to manage uncertainties, a new way of life, new realities in our families and communities. Together, we are also learning how to learn virtually. We have taken every step that we can to complete this academic term as seamlessly as possible, without compromising the quality of your education, or the credential that you are earning.   

Our programs meet criteria set out by various accrediting bodies, partnering institutions and governmental directives -- we are very proud to say that our virtual learning plans are fully compliant. But, we do recognize that there will be bumps in the road to this new delivery. We are here to support you and your success. Please discuss any concerns directly with your designated student success facilitator. We’d also love to hear of best practices that might also enrich the delivery of our programs for your cohorts and others. 

 

Quick Guide: Student Success Facilitators Course Designations (full details in your FNTI inbox) 

 

Child and Youth Worker 

Child and Youth Worker – Peterborough 

CAYW 225 & GENE 123 

Alicia Lott 

 

Community Justice Services 

Community Justice Services – London 

CJS 210 

Rebecca Rolfe 

 

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Year 1 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Walpole Island 

SOC 100 & GED 105 

Gert Schreoder 

Early Childhood Education – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory 

ECE 110 & HUM 200 

Gert Schreoder 

 

Social Services Worker 

Social Services Worker Year 1 – Rama and Sarnia 

SSW 103 & HUM 219 

Rebecca Rolfe 

Social Service Worker Year 1 – Rama and Oneida 

MHA 180 

Kristin Maracle 

Social Service Worker Year 2 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Orillia 

GED 150 

Alicia Lott 

Social Service Worker Year 2 – Cochrane and Sarnia 

MHA 180 

Kristin Maracle 

 

Mental Health and Addiction Worker 

Mental Health and Addiction Worker Year 1 – Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and London 

MHA 113 & MHA 213 

Julie Brant 

Mental Health and Addiction Worker Year 2 – Cochrane and Walpole Island 

GED 150 

Julie Brant 

 

Next Steps for FNTI Learning During COVID-19 

Dear Students, 

(April 1, 2020) -- We continue to keep you and your families in our thoughts during these challenging times.  

Much has changed in the last few weeks. The status of the world, as well as our national, provincial and regional realities continues to shift with great speed and we are all doing what we can to be responsive to these changes. 

We continue to develop our plans to deliver the final classes in your term through virtual learning. These plans are grounded in the importance of continued engagement between you, your instructors, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and each other. Our approach to virtual learning is centred in maintaining relationships and how they support teaching, learning and healing in the ways you’ve come to know at FNTI. 

Each program will have a unique virtual learning plan and your cohort will receive its tailored plan no later than April 6. While there will be staggered start dates, the first alternate delivery will begin the week of April 14. Full details will be communicated to your FNTI email by your student success facilitator and/or program coordinator next Monday. 

The COVID-19 outbreak has pushed many of us outside of our comfort zones and we recognize that virtual learning may add to this feeling. As detailed information about your specific program delivery are communicated to you, you’ll note that a lot of flexibility has been incorporated into your technological resources, coursework, course materials, assignments, and evaluations to account for the changes associated with not only the virtual learning delivery, but some of our new realities as families and caring community members. 

FNTI fully intends, and will make every attempt, to fulfill the academic year for each program in using an alternate delivery method and/or a deferred delivery timeline. 

For students with a practical component, such as field placement, please connect with Karissa Maracle as soon as possible to discuss your personal completion plans. Note that new opportunities have become available to assist some students finish their placement hours requirements. Aviation students should connect directly with Jo-Anne Tobabandung to discuss timelines and plans for flight recovery.  

Reminder: 

FNTI cultural advisors are now available by appointment! Please click on the names below to make an advanced appointment via email. Virtual connections can be made on the telephone, on Zoom, etc. 

 Everyone is also encouraged to visit our COVID-19 webpage regularly as well -- https://fnti.net/fnti-covid-19-considerations.  

Our full employee team has been working remotely and we are fully available to provide you with wraparound support. If you have any questions or concerns, please email sharib@fnti.net

Local Resources:   
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health   
KFL&A Public Health   

About the Coronavirus:   
World Health Organization Video: Coronavirus   
World Health Organization Video: How to Protect Yourself   

Other Important Resources:   
Government of Canada Public Health Agency   
Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories   
Public Health Ontario   
World Health Organization 

(March 25, 2020) 

Dear Students,  

FNTI wants to let you know that we are thinking of you and your families through these difficult times and we continue to be here to support you. 

Earlier this month we chose to suspend our face-to-face class deliveries. Our First Peoples’ Aviation Technology – Flight students, and some of our students studying university programs, have re-engaged in class delivery online. 

For the rest of our college programs, we continue to explore alternative delivery methods, including virtual/online options. During the academic team planning process, please consult the student checklist below to ensure that you are ready for next steps in your program delivery: 

Student Checklist: 

Reminders: 

  • Regrettably, FNTI has cancelled our regular graduation celebrations (and all other events) due to circumstances associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

  • NEW! FNTI cultural advisors are now available by appointment! Please click on the names below to make an advanced appointment via email. Virtual connections can be made on the telephone, on Zoom, etc. 

FNTI fully intends, and will make every attempt, to fulfill the academic year for each program in using an alternate delivery method and/or a deferred delivery timeline. A full plan on alternate delivery will be communicated to students via email by the week of April 6. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email sharib@fnti.net

(March 16, 2020) FNTI continues to monitor the status of the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly.   

FNTI thanks you for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. We recognize that everyone is doing their best, but this global situation is unsettling for many of our students, employees, partners and other stakeholders.   

As of Monday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m., all FNTI employees will be asked to perform scheduled work-related duties from home until April 5.   

As valued stakeholders of FNTI, please know that we will be continuing operations remotely and our employees are available to connect with you during our regular business hours, between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. between now and April 5. You can email or call any one of us -- for a full directory list, please consult our online directory.  

 
 

(March 13, 2020) FNTI has been monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus -- the situation is rapidly evolving across the globe and we recognize that our students, employees and partners have concerns. In an effort to minimize the spread we are taking the following actions.    

To date, there are still a limited number of confirmed cases in Canada. Public health officials maintain that the risk to Canadians is low for the general population, but this could change rapidly.      

In response to other province-wide closures, and for purely operational purposes, effective immediately, FNTI has suspended upcoming classes and associated work placements for all of its college programs in all delivery locations until further notice – Early Childhood Education, First Peoples’ Aviation Technology – Flight; Mental Health and Addiction Worker; Community and Justice Services; Child and Youth Worker; and Social Service Worker.     

FNTI will continue to maintain regular operations otherwise, but has cancelled all events until further notice.   

FNTI is exploring alternative delivery methods, including virtual/online options. We need to take time to assess how our educational programs will proceed.  FNTI fully intends, and will make every attempt, to fulfill the academic year for each program in delivery using an alternate delivery method and/or a deferred delivery timeline.     

FNTI students registered in our degree programs with Queen’s University (Master of Public Administration), Ryerson University (Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Public Administration and Governance) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Master of Social Work) will receive communications and directions from their host/credentialing institution. Students are encouraged to visit the university websites for up to date information.   

We recognize that FNTI programs are on break the week of March 16 and we urge you to visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories before any travel. Any FNTI stakeholder will be asked to self-isolate upon return to Canada after travelling out of country.   

Please note that FNTI will be updating their webpage regularly on the COVID-19 situation. Students should not expect to receive another communication regarding alternative delivery methods until the week of April 6. This information will be sent to your email directly, however students are encouraged to stay informed by visiting www.fnti.net at any time.   

The FNTI leadership team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. If students have any questions or concerns, they should contact sharib@fnti.net; all other stakeholders should contact donnas@fnti.net.  

Local Resources:   
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health   
KFL&A Public Health   

About the Coronavirus:   
World Health Organization Video: Coronavirus   
World Health Organization Video: How to Protect Yourself   

Other Important Resources:   
Government of Canada Public Health Agency   
Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories   
Public Health Ontario   
World Health Organization 

FNTI College Programs  

FNTI has suspended classes and associated work placements for most of its college programs in all delivery locations until further notice.  

Child and Youth Worker   

Community and Justice Services  

Early Childhood Education     

Mental Health and Addiction Worker  

Community and Justice Services  

Child and Youth Worker  

Social Service Worker  

In the case of First Peoples’ Aviation Technology – Flight, some online classes began the week of March 23. For more information, visit you FNTI student email address and/or contact joannet@fnti.net.

FNTI is exploring alternative delivery methods for all other programs, including virtual/online options – the plan will also detail field/workplace placements. We need to take time to assess how our educational programs will proceed.  FNTI fully intends, and will make every attempt, to fulfill the academic year for each program in delivery using an alternate delivery method and/or a deferred delivery timeline. Students will receive updated information via email the week of April 6.   

 

FNTI University Programs  

Students enrolled in university-level programs will receive communications and directions from their host/credentialing institution. FNTI encourages students to check the following links for the most up to date information.  

Bachelor of Social Work – Ryerson University  

Public Administration and Governance – Ryerson University  

Professional Masters of Public Administration – Queen's University  

Masters of Social Work – Wilfrid Laurier University 

 

Student & Family Online Wellness Resources 

It can be a very stressful time for everyone during a pandemic outbreak. As we all make every attempt to incorporate social distancing into our daily lives, click on the image below for some resources that may be valuable to your families. 

Student & Family Online Wellness Resources

With care, 

FNTI Student Services