Six Nations Polytechnic

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Six Nations Polytechnic
Six Nations Polytechnic logo.jpg
Motto Learn Local - Work Global
Type Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution.
Established 1993
President Rebecca Jamieson
Undergraduates university, and continuing education students
Location Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, 2160 Fourth Line, P.O. Box 700, Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada N0A 1M0
Affiliations Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Education,

Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. The Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation are the Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora. The Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation reserve acreage at present covers some 46,000 acres (190 km2) near the city of Brantford, Ontario.

Aboriginal institutes partner with colleges and universities to offer students degree programs, apprenticeships, certificate programs and diploma programs. SNP was founded to provide greater access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal peoples. SNP delivers post-secondary programs approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The educational curriculum was adapted to meet the needs of Aboriginal learners to ensure it reflects community needs, cultural heritage and identity. SNP is a strong advocate of lifelong learning - evident in its initiatives to raise Aboriginal student entry into post-secondary education through educational programs offered at the elementary and secondary level.


Since 1993, Six Nations Polytechnic has offered college and university programs through agreements with public colleges and universities.

On June 26, 2009 – the Indigenous Knowledge Centre and Ogweho:weh Diploma Programs [Gayogohó:non-Cayuga and Kayenkeha -Mohawk] were publicly launched with the signing of the Six Nations and McMaster University Collaborative Agreement. These university credit diploma programs will eventually become full degree programs for Hodenosaunee languages.

On 15 December 2008, SNP conferred the title of Professor of Indigenous Knowledge on five persons who had contributed to preserving, promoting and imparting the centuries-long knowledge developed and nurtured in our community.


Place sign, Six Nations, Ontario

Six Nations Polytechnic mission to

  • to offer programs and courses of study which promote individual and collective economic and social well-being
  • to develop, promote the retention of and revitalize Hodinohso:ni/Rotinonshonni culture and languages
  • to reflect the cultural values of Hodinohso:ni/Rotinonshonni.
  • to address issues and needs from an Aboriginal perspective.
  • to serve as a centre of excellence for indigenous community- based learning.
  • to enable learners to gain knowledge and skills needed to be self-sufficient, educated, and employable while learning about Hodenosaunee culture, languages and traditions.


Six Nations Polytechnic offers programs and courses of study in partnership with all levels of government; commissions; industries; commerce and other education and training institutions.

Programs offered[edit]


  • Native University Program - First Year
  • Ogwehoweh language Diploma and Degree Programs in Mohawk or Cayuga
  • Ogwehoweh Language Degree Program
  • Native Child Welfare


  • Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities
  • Police Foundations
  • Office Administration

Continuing Education[edit]

  • Principal of First Nation Schools
  • Directors of Education for First Nation Communities
  • Workshops & Seminars

Secondary School and Homework Support[edit]

  • Native Diploma Access Program
  • Homework Support Program

Scholarships & Bursaries[edit]

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. SNP scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include:

  • Harvey Longboat Sr. Memorial Scholarship;
  • Marge & Reg Henry Cayuga Language Award;
  • Vina Loft Mohawk Language Award;
  • Watson Parojcic Benefit Consultants Inc. Bursary;
  • Aboriginal Institutes’ Consortium – Student Scholarship Award;
  • Aboriginal Institutes’ Consortium – Instructor Award;
  • The Jack and Lillian MacDonald Scholarship;[1]
  • Science Education Employment Development (SEED) Scholarships - a partnership between Imperial Oil and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.[2]

Six Nations Achievement Centre[edit]

The Six Nations Achievement Centre was founded in 1993 as a community-based agency providing adults with tutoring in Literacy and Basic Skills, in a culturally sensitive manner to increase their academic skills for entry into higher level of education and/or to obtain employment. The funding is provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Literacy and Basic Skills Branch. The Six Nations Achievement Centre is a member of the Brant Literacy Service Planning (LSP) and the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition. The programs offered include:

  • Academic related assessments.
  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Refresher workshops
  • Online learning
  • Six-week "Pre-GED" connection program
  • Essential skills and workforce literacy
  • Career and/or college preparation sessions
  • New computer training for adults with no computer experience
  • Crafting for Employment Workshops
  • Networking


Main campus is a building located on 2160 Fourth Line in Oshweken, Ontario.

Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre located at 16 Sunrise Court is a complex consisting of three two storey buildings that mimics longhouses.

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Coordinates: 43°03′35″N 80°05′59″W / 43.05979°N 80.09965°W / 43.05979; -80.09965