Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is a publicly funded, not-for-profit educational institute located on Treaty Three territory. With main campuses in Fort Frances and Kenora, SGEI aims to provide culturally enriched quality education to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is dedicated to excellence in lifelong learning and empowerment through Language and Culture, by providing community-based and student-centered learning opportunities for everyone.
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SGEI is the leader in providing sustainable, high quality education and training programs, which respect our Anishinaabe Language and Culture, support present needs, and embrace our future of life-long learning.
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Seven Generations Education Institute is cognizant of the strengths, values and traditions passed down through the generations of the Anishinaabe. Seven Generations Education Institute honours those who have walked ahead of us, respects those who walk with us and considers those yet to come.
Seven Generations Education Institute encompasses the traditional education process by blending culture, tradition, information and technology. This philosophy provides opportunities to demonstrate our commitment to the values, needs, and learning styles of our communities.
Our goal is to continue developing and implementing an education system that always takes into account the next Seven Generations. We will meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations and educate our people so they will succeed in the modern world.
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What we do
SGEI currently provides educational programming for individuals across the lifespan, from early childhood educational supports to adult education and vocational training.
The Elementary and Secondary Support Program (ESSP) supports Rainy River District School Board students and provides Indigenous leadership. Through this partnership, SGEI employs:
- Indigenous Education Leader, RRDSB
- Indigenous Vice Principal, Fort Frances High School
- Indigenous Guidance Counselors, Fort Frances High School and Rainy River High School
- Early Literacy Education Assistants, various RRDSB elementary schools
ESSP staff aims to strengthen relationships with member communities and support learners through community visits, student/parent orientations, bursaries, career advice and other educational initiatives.
The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) is designed to support kindergarten to grade 12 educators in Lac La Croix, Big Grassy, Ojibways of Onigaming, Windigo Island and Grassy Narrows First Nations by providing:
- Literacy and numeracy supports
- School improvement plans
- Culture and language resources, materials, conferences and professional development
- Classroom materials and supplies
- School information data system programming, training and support
- Student retention initiatives
- Professional development sessions, conferences and courses
- Access to new and exciting technologies, training and support
- Support for community/school engagement initiatives
For more information regarding the First Nation Student Success Program, click here.
Seven Generations Education Institute provides secondary school programming throughout Treaty Three for those interested in pursuing an alternative method to achieving their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. SGEI delivers classroom instruction in 12 First Nations communities throughout Treaty Three. For more information regarding Secondary Education, click here.
For individuals throughout the KPDSB jurisdiction that have been out of school for at least two years, Seven Generations Education Institute, in partnership with Keewatin Patricia District School Board, provides adult learners the opportunity to achieve their OSSD on a full-time or part-time basis, at home or in class. For more information regarding Adult Education, click here.
Seven Generations Education Institute delivers accredited post-secondary programming at our campuses throughout Treaty Three. Learners study with SGEI in their own community and graduate with a degree, diploma or certificate from an accredited affiliate college or university.
SGEI offers programming on a full-time or part-time basis and can deliver programming in First Nations communities upon request. For a complete list of our current post-secondary programs, click here.
The Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) provides financial assistance and counselling resources to individuals from select First Nations communities enrolled in accredited post-secondary programming. For more information and a list of eligible First Nations communities, click here.
Seven Generations Education Institute offers a variety of programs, training and courses designed to help learners gain entry to the workforce and find meaningful employment. Some restrictions may apply. For a complete listing of training programs, click here.
Are you an employer looking to hire? SGEI also provides employers free workplace training and wage subsidies for new Indigenous and Métis status hires. For more information, click here.
Seven Generations Education Institute offers customized training, engagement and information sessions for education institutes, businesses and organizations. Training topics include Anishinaabe culture, identity, history, treaty rights and more. For more information or to request training for your organization, click here.
Seven Generations Education Institute provides a variety of cultural and educational workshops. To request a specialized workshop, click here. To view our upcoming cultural workshops, visit our Events Calendar.
Seven Generations Education Institute, Rainy River District School Board and SayITFirst have partnered to develop Anishinaabemodaa, an Anishinaabemowin language revitalization strategy that aims to help put Anishinaabemowin back into the homes of the Anishinaabe people through educational resources and professional development for learners and educators through preschool to post-secondary. For more information on the Anishinaabemodaa initiative, click here.