OHSWEKEN, March 23, 2023 – Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) is working with Grand River Employment and Training to announce two new programs. A Pre-Health Science Indigenous program and a Gayogo̲hǫ́nǫˀ Gawęnǫdahgǫh Cayuga language immersion program. These programs will be delivered by SNP with Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT) funding tuition for eligible Six Nations learners.
The Pre-Health Sciences Pathways – Indigenous Program will help prepare students to pursue higher education and careers within the health sciences. This program will be starting in the Fall of 2023 at SNP’s Brantford campus and aims to help address the critical need for healthcare professionals within the Six Nations community and beyond.
Both GREAT and SNP have ongoing commitments to supporting language and cultural revitalization. The goal of the Gayogo̲hǫ́nǫˀ Gawęnǫdahgǫh Immersion Program is to create advanced-level speakers that the Six Nations community needs to reverse the decline of the Cayuga language. This two-year accelerated program will be taking place at SNP’s Ohsweken campus in Fall of 2023.
More information about these and other programs offered at SNP is available at www.snpolytechnic.com
“Revitalizing our languages and addressing our health care needs are vital to our future as strong and healthy nations. SNP appreciates the support of our community partner, GREAT, that makes these new opportunities possible. Together we continue to meet pressing human resource needs at Six Nations and in the surrounding region.” said Rebecca Jamieson, President & CEO, Six Nations Polytechnic
“It’s good to hear the language it can uplift and encourage us. Language transcends throughout generations and is a critical component in the connection that holds us together as a people. GREAT is proud to be part of this initiative.” Said Laurie Froman, CEO, Grand River Employment and Training
About Six Nations Polytechnic:
SNP is a unique post-secondary organization, recognized by the community, government and institutions of higher learning, as a centre of excellence for Indigenous Knowledge. SNP has 30 years of postsecondary success in partnership with twenty percent of Ontario’s publicly funded universities and colleges. SNP’s mandate of Indigenous Sustainability calls for the perpetual use of Indigenous Knowledge (understood and expressed through language, values and actions) that provides the capacity to live in harmony with the natural world while restoring and maintaining a healthy existence in a nation with diverse citizenship and needs.
GREAT is a recognized leader in the provision of training and employment opportunities with over 30 years of success and understands the value of our rich history as a people. GREAT endeavours to support cultural and language initiatives so that we may continue as a proud people.
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