Kahnawà:ke Education Center to officially launch Bachelor of Education Program

Kahnawà:ke Education Center to officially launch Bachelor of Education Program

The Kahnawà:ke Education Center is pleased to officially launch the KEC Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program in partnership with McGill University.

A program launch ceremony will take place on Monday, August 20th at Kahnawake Survival School (KSS) from 11:30am to 12:30pm with representatives of KEC and McGill on hand to welcome students to the program. The cohort of 30 students who have been accepted into the program will be in attendance with their guests. Marc Miller, Canadian Liberal Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie - Le Sud-Ouest - Île-des-Soeurs has been invited to attend. Miller made headlines in May of this year when he delivered a statement in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) in the House of Commons.

The B.Ed. program, announced in May, is an intensive 120-credit, university-level program that will be offered, for the first time, in Kahnawà:ke. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Education in First Nations and Inuit Education, and will be certified to teach anywhere in the province of Quebec.

Teacher training and professional development is a priority with the KEC and schools. Although one of the primary objectives is to fill projected vacancies in the Kahnawà:ke Education System, the KEC continues to support KEC staff and the community in capacity building in order to offer the best quality education to its students. Earlyn Sharpe, KEC Associate Director of Education and supervisor of the Post-Secondary Department, looks forward to seeing the program move forward. “The KEC Post-Secondary department worked diligently and strategically to ensure that this program was brought to the community, and is dedicated to support all participants in attaining their goals,” stated Sharpe. “I’m excited to see the team already planning; seeking out new programs that will not only meet the future needs of the KEC, but of the community.“

The B.Ed. program was developed collaboratively between KEC and McGill University, and is funded by both KEC through Indigenous Services Canada/INAC, and by McGill through the Provost/Vice Principal Academic Office that will be partially funding the first two years of the program. McGill’s investment in this program stems from the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education that is itself a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report’s 52 Calls to Action. Call to Action number 36 targets “In-Community Delivery of Education (Teaching) Degrees and Certificates” (https://www.mcgill.ca/provost/files/provost/final_report_-_clean_-_270617.pdf)

Robin Delaronde, KEC Director of Education, is optimistic of future collaboration. “I have been a participant in many of McGill’s task force outreach to Indigenous communities”, stated Delaronde. “It pleases me that McGill University is beginning to act on the Calls to Action directed at universities. The KEC has had a long-standing relationship with McGill, and this move on their part will only be strengthened as we work together to re-imagine what our relationship will be in the future. “

For More Information, Contact:
Alana Atwin, Communications Officer
Kahnawà:ke Education Center
450.632.8770 alana.atwin@kecedu.ca