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Standalone Indigenous Degrees


NEW! FNTI is excited to begin the delivery of standalone Bachelor's degrees in 2020-2021 in accordance with the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017. Watch for more information about the following degrees:

Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work

The Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work (BISW) degree program will provide FNTI’s typical high level of academic rigour and Indigenous education, with traditional practices and cultural knowledge, which are expected by Indigenous Peoples across the province. 

Indigenous social workers play an integral role in the health and well-being of families and the communities. Changes in legislation have resulted in networks of First Nations child and family services agencies building greater workforce capacity in communities across Ontario and Canada.  

Graduates from the program will be equipped to reduce the number of Indigenous children in care. Backed by invaluable Indigenous education, and they will improve systems to be truly child and family centred, community directed, and focused on prevention and early intervention. 

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Bachelor of Arts and Science Indigenous Sustainable Food Systems

This unique degree is being designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to food sovereignty, community growth, economic development and ecological restoration at First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada. The degree will incorporate experiential learning on the land with teachings that revolve around the traditional Haudenosaunee* food systems cycle. This Indigenous education opportunity will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to help communities across Canada. Seed care and seed saving, sustainable horticulture, foraging wild foods and medicines, soil health and sustainability, and traditional fishing and hunting principles will be components of the learning experience. 

FNTI has built a greenhouse that has been specifically conceived to support the new stand-alone degree program. Greenhouses can be used to address critical issues affecting Indigenous communities, such as climate change, food security and relationships to environment, food and diet. Agricultural, horticultural, arboriculture crops grown in the greenhouse will help expose students to a wide variety of ideas, opportunities and tastes. This additional element of Indigenous education will begin to enhance their relationship to food, their environment and the Earth. 

*Haudenosaunee is an Indigenous term for ‘People of the Longhouse’ who are known as the Iroquois Confederacy by the French, and the League of Five Nations by the English. The confederacy is properly called the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. 

Bachelor of Health and Sciences in Indigenous Midwifery

The Indigenous Midwifery program, another integral Indigenous education opportunity, will increase access to culturally safe midwifery care in Ontario. Indigenous midwives will support the health and well-being of Indigenous women, babies, families and communities, offering choices for Indigenous Peoples to deliver and receive care on their traditional lands. The comprehensive stand-alone Indigenous Midwifery degree will be four years in length and bring a traditional Indigenous model of care to the forefront. 

This Indigenous education program’s approach and curriculum is rooted in Indigenous worldviews, which recognize that Onkwehón:we* midwives provide primary care during the prenatal period, labour, delivery and up to six weeks postpartum. Services include puberty teachings, sex education, pre-conception care, pregnancy, birthing, post-natal/post-partum care, traditional parenting, well-woman and well-baby care, and much more. 

Indigenous midwives practice under the exemption for Aboriginal midwives in the Midwifery Act, 1991, which is also defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, recognizing the right of Onkwehón:we midwives to practice autonomously with Indigenous women, babies, families and communities. In 2017, Indigenous midwives were granted access to similar funding streams as registered midwives with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

*Onkwehón:we is an Indigenous term referring to ‘human beings and all of life – earth, water, plants, vegetables, trees, animals, rocks, winds, sun, moon, stars, and spirit world.’ 


More information relating to FNTI's standalone Indigenous degrees will be released soon!