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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: 

  1. All programs at FNTI are offered through intense mode delivery, including those delivered virtually. Teaching and learning are shared in the virtual classroom through the facilitation of faculty, cultural advisors, student success facilitators, peer group work as well as self-guided learning throughout the entire duration of course delivery weeks. At FNTI, our values include Indigenous worldviews, transformative learning, learner success, innovation and inclusivity. Our virtual classroom environment is created to be safe and respectful to all participants.

  2. On average, you will take two courses each month during the academic cycle; depending on the courses, classes may be collapsed into one week, or they may extend over a two-week period. Your official schedule will be communicated upon registration. 

  3. Class instruction will take place over the Zoom platform, a free online medium accessible through any internet-enabled device. Classes are delivered live during weeks of instruction.

  4. FNTI has invested in a learning management system to enhance the student experience – the system is easy to use and will allow students to access schedules/important dates, resources, assignments, and overall communication to and from FNTI. 

  5. 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 peersWith 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. 

FNTI will continue to engage the support of community members for our program deliveries in order to ensure that Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding the world are embedded in our programming. 

Thank you for understanding -- we are all in this together and continuing to improve ourselves through education is crucial.  

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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