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FNTI is Going Virtual fnti covid-19 considerations

Our world has never needed Indigenous education more than it does right now. 

Radical changes in safety, political and societal conditions are putting extreme pressure on communities around the globe. By staying rooted and grounded in our culture, we can find ways to live in a Good Way to the benefit of ourselves, our families and our communities. 

After extensive consultation with all of our stakeholder groups, an evaluation of our capacity matched with our prioritizing access to uninterrupted, culturally-grounded Indigenous post-secondary education, FNTI has determined that we will continue to deliver classes virtually for most of our college programs*. We have made this choice in order to mitigate the risk to our communities, who may have a higher vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus. 

Please note that students in virtual programs may occasionally be asked to travel in order to attend program gatherings or field placement requirements when it is deemed safe by government, health and community officials.

What students need to know: 

FNTI utilizes an intensive delivery schedule to deliver our programming. As a student, you can expect to move through a four-week delivery schedule, taking 1-2 full-time post-secondary courses every four-week period. During the first three weeks of each cycle, students will be engaged in mandatory learning activities; the fourth week is an administration week without student instruction.   

Foundations Week (Week 1) 

During the Foundations Week, students are assigned a variety of activities, most notably readings, recordings and self-assessments, to prepare them for the following Live Instruction Week.  Many courses will include a graded assessment before moving into the Live Instruction Week. The work assigned during the Foundations Week is mandatory to ensure that students are prepared for the learning outcomes and Indigenous learning outcomes associated with the Live Instruction Week. During the Foundations Week, students can complete the work on their own schedule, at times convenient to them. 

Live Instruction Week (Week 2) 

Over the course of the Live Instruction Week, students are engaged in scheduled learning activities for full days. Students can expect to receive a class schedule, between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., during which time they can anticipate being engaged in live (synchronous) classes. During this time, faculty members, cultural advisors and student success facilitators will provide live instruction and support to learners. Students may also be assigned mandatory graded team work, peer evaluations and self-guided exercises during this time frame.  

Consolidation Week (Week 3) 

On their own time, students will complete items assigned during the Live Instruction Week to represent a culmination of their learning understanding from the Foundations and Live Instruction weeks. Learners must meet deadlines set by faculty, but work can be carried out at times that are convenient to the student. 

Administrative Week (Week 4) 

Course grading is finalized by faculty to confirm that the student has met all course learning outcomes and Indigenous learning outcomes, and final grades are remitted to the registrar's office. 

In order to meet the minimal threshold of cultural, vocational and learning outcomes for each course, each of the following applies:  

FNTI requires that students attend all of the course’s contact hours with faculty, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and peers. With advanced notice, or in the case of emergency, students may be permitted to miss up to one day’s live Zoom delivery or be excused from live Zoom classes for a maximum of 20% (10% for Aviation program) of the course’s overall contact hours. Contact hours are detailed in the course outline published on Brightspace for each course, and are available to students at least five (5) business days in advance of the beginning of the live course delivery. The virtual classroom is an experiential learning environment and students are required to attend in order to meet the standards related to the learning outcomes of the course. These outcomes are directly linked to the provincial association that governs the profession associated with your credential. 


Questions? We are here for you – please contact our recruiting team at recruitment@fnti.net or 800.267.0637, ext. 156. 


*The First Peoples’ Aviation Technology – Flight program has an approved hybrid delivery plan and university programs delivery will be guided by partnering institutions.


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