Kiuna college president says there is a need for 'culturally adapted programs' at Quebec inquiry - APTN NewsAPTN News

Kiuna college president says there is a need for ‘culturally adapted programs’ at Quebec inquiry


Danielle Rochette
While education does not fall under the mandate of the Quebec inquiry, commissioner Jacques Viens wanted to hear from officials at Kiuna college, a unique college in the province that has a curriculum that serves Indigenous students. 

Kiuna College is located in the community of Odanak and means belongs to us in Anishinaabe. 

An official testified Wednesday that there was a need for the college because Quebec’s curriculum didn’t meet the needs of the students. 

“There was a need for culturally adapted programs, contents, ways of teachings for our students especially at the post-secondary level,” said Prudence Hannis, associate director. 

Since 2013, 76 students from different First Nations across Quebec received their college diploma from Kiuna. 

William Petiquay Quoquochi, an Atikamekw student from Wemotaci dreams of becoming an interior designer one day. 

“Kiuna is really different from other Quebec post-secondary colleges,” he said. “The programs in Kiuna are unique, it’s very well organized.” 

According to Hannis, Kiuna not only invests a lot of energy into academic competencies, but it also provides many services. 

“We can provide a holistic approach to the support needed by the students we support and take care of all the needs that the students may have we have a food bank, we have daycare services, we support them with housing,” she said.


Contact Danielle here:


Tags: , ,

One Response to “Kiuna college president says there is a need for ‘culturally adapted programs’ at Quebec inquiry”

    George Henry October 31, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    Aanii Danielle My experience with our Anishinaabeg way, my gained knowledge, verbally passed to me by the many Elders. Over a period of my long life time of listening and discussions. Reconciliation is only a word of intentions, The Anishinaabeg Truths, and Spitituallity must be understood by the Anishinaabeg leadership in First Nations Governance as well the Citizens of Canada and their leadership. The Canadian leadership must resource Canadian education institutions and First Nations education institutions with a mandated ciriculmn of Anishinaabeg consciousness in our philosophy of Governance, Spirituality. All Canadian children and youth must be educated. Anishinaabeg people know our experience with a paternalistic colonization ideology have been a failure over the last 150 years. The inherent rights in the patriated Canada Constituion of 1982 is the law that can legislate the Truth & Reconciliation education Program. Your work is important please continue. ahoo Anishinaabeg Elder