“After 34 years of providing education to First Nation communities far and wide, we now have a tool to record our reach and engage people in a discussion about Indigenous post-secondary, said FNTI president Suzanne Brant. “The interactive map will promote discussion about FNTI’s Indigenous post-secondary history and our approach to community programming. It tells our story at a glance.”
The map showcases FNTI’s wide-reaching enrolment and is the first of its kind for Indigenous education.
When a user clicks on a pin, they can learn information about the community (including location and membership) and see the numbers of alumni and currently enrolled students, if any. FNTI strives for inclusivity and equity, and the map helps to visualize this success.
“This mapping project illustrates our reciprocal relationship with learners, communities, and nations,” Brant said. “Learning is healing and healing is learning. FNTI is delivering Indigenous education and our communities are becoming healthier, building capacity and opening doors to economic opportunities.”
Although FNTI receives applications for academic programs primarily from across Ontario, they also receive applications to their First Peoples Aviation Technology program from across Canada. This diversity makes FNTI a welcoming place of learning for Indigenous peoples of all backgrounds.
FNTI continues to develop Indigenous curriculum. “Our new programming is in response to identified need. We listen and respond to requests from communities. Data collected informs our enrolment plan and defines programming and locations to deliver to,” Brant concluded.
FNTI aims to serve more communities each year and provide Indigenous students with the opportunity to learn in their culture and fulfill their potential. Enrolments for the 2019-20 academic year are currently open and interested applicants can find more information here.