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FNTI Celebrating 35 Years of Post-Secondary Delivery FNTI 35 Year Anniversary Logo

July 31, 2020

(Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ont.) -- FNTI is launching its 35th anniversary celebrations this month, with events to be scheduled throughout 2020-2021.  

FNTI was federally incorporated as the First Nations Technical Institute on July 31, 1985. Throughout the next year, the Indigenous institute will be featuring alumni and student stories and successes, shining the spotlight on historic milestones, offering glimpses into its new student-centric virtual classroom, and inviting the world to experience a day in the life of an FNTI student in Indigenous post-secondary education. 

FNTI is an Indigenous-owned and governed post-secondary institution on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the beautiful Bay of Quinte. FNTI has been delivering post-secondary programs rooted in culture and Indigenous ways of knowing in partnership with recognized Ontario colleges and universities for 35 years. Beginning in January 2021 FNTI will be delivery its standalone Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work program, Ontario's first degree program credentialed by an Indigenous institute. 

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this FNTI milestone with the world,” said Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant, president at FNTI. “We have been able to serve students and communities from across the province through strategic and focused collaborations with government and partners. Please join us in celebrating the reclamation and continuance of Indigenous traditions and ways of knowing.” 

Additionally, in commemoration of the year-long celebrations, FNTI has created a logo to honour this significant occasion. 

Today, over 4,000 FNTI graduates are practicing professionals in all sectors of the economy including social, health and wellness; administration; policy and governance; aviation technology; early childhood education; restorative justice; and film and media. 

For detailed information about FNTI’s celebratory events, please visit https://fnti.net/fnti35

 The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) is an Indigenous-owned and governed publicly assisted post-secondary institute founded in programming rooted in culture and Indigenous ways of knowing. FNTI is a registered charitable organization, accredited by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC), and a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).  FNTI has over 4,000 graduates with certificate, diploma and degree credentials issued in partnership with recognized Ontario colleges and universities and will begin the delivery of standalone undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in 2021 in accordance with the Indigenous Institute Act, 2017. 


For more information, please contact:  

Cathie Stewart Findlay 

Director, Government Relations and Communications