By CBC NEWS
February 8, 2016 – Students will now be able to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree, not just a diploma, in Ogwehoweh languages from the Six Nations Polytechnic Aboriginal Institute in Ohsweken, the province announced today.
It's the first time the province has allowed an Aboriginal Institute, which are run and governed completely by indigenous leaders, to offer a degree program.
The news lines up with a recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — that post-secondary institutions create degree programs in indigenous languages.
Reza Moridi, the province's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, says the change allows several things to happen:
- Helps promote and protect Ogwehoweh (Cayuga and Mohawk) languages.
- Makes it possible for students to complete their degree at one institution, closer to home.
- Helps students build on language and cultural knowledge and skills.
- Expands student opportunities for jobs.
“Language preservation and protection are at the core values of Six Nations Polytechnic,” said Rebecca Jamieson, the school's president, in a press release.
The current diploma program has been offered in partnership with McMaster University.
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