First Nations Technical Institute

Founded 1985 | Tyendinaga, ON

The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) is an Indigenous-owned and -governed post-secondary institute that infuses First Nations, Métis and Inuit world views, knowledge and values into its programs. The programs incorporate Indigenous learning methodologies in the classroom and involve Elders in learning sessions and ceremonies.

The institute has a campus and a student residence in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The Tyendinaga Aerodrome features modern classrooms, simulation technology and aircraft hangars, and houses the First Peoples’ aviation technology program; graduates leave with a commercial pilot licence. This is the country’s only post-secondary aviation training program designed particularly for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. The school expects to break ground in the next year on a net-zero campus, which will host stand-alone Indigenous programs.

With the exception of the aviation program, all classes at FNTI are delivered in “intense delivery mode,” meaning courses are delivered in one-week instruction periods. Outside of those weeks, learners are given space to meet their employment and family commitments.

The institute offers diplomas in social service, mental health and addiction, early childhood education and personal support work. It also offers a bachelor of arts in public administration and governance, a master’s in social work and a professional master’s in public administration through a partnership with Queen’s University.

Popular Programs

• ​​Social Service Worker

• Mental Health and Addiction Worker

• Early Childhood Education

• Bachelor of Public Administration and Governance

• First Peoples’ Aviation Technology—Flight

School Size



• Degree: $3,980-$5,454

• Diploma: $3,300-$4,210

• Certificate: $4,824

• Post-Grad: $6,795-$7,140

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• First Peoples’ Aviation Technology—Flight: Courses cover flight and simulator training, navigation, radio operation and the requirements for private and commercial pilot licences.

• Standalone Programs: FNTI is designing stand-alone degree programs underpinned by Indigenous teachings, principles and world views. The college plans to launch streams including social work, justice, midwifery, sustainable food systems, trauma care and education.