14:49 PM

2017 Mohawk College Partnership Dinner


Mohawk celebrates long-standing partnership with Six Nations Polytechnic

Mohawk College and Six Nations Polytechnic celebrated their nearly 15-year partnership at the college's annual Partnership Dinner on Wednesday, April 5.

"Mohawk College and Six Nations Polytechnic have been bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students together to learn, live and lead," said SNP President Rebecca Jamieson in her welcome remarks at Wednesday's dinner. "At Six Nations Polytechnic, and for our people, the Hodinohso:ni, it is part of our cultural tradition to create respectful and mutually beneficially relationships."

It is important to build relationships like these, said Jamieson, because they help to move reconciliation forward.

Mohawk committed to making Indigenous education a priority when it signed the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes in 2015, said Mohawk President Ron McKerlie. Included in that protocol was a commitment to implementing intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples through curriculum and learning approaches, and increasing understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

"This represents a journey for Mohawk. We have done much. We have much left to do. I want to personally thank Rebecca for her leadership, support and wise counsel."

Mohawk's relationship with Six Nations Polytechnic began in 2003 with the Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities program. The partnership has grown to include Police Foundations and more recently a Skilled Trades program.