Seven Generations Education Institute

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Seven Generations Education Institute
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Motto Join us and explore how education and culture has been combined to create a holistic approach to your education
Established 1985 as Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority
Type Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution.
President Brent Tookenay
Students degree programs, apprenticeships, certificate programs and diploma programs
Undergraduates university, and continuing education students
Location 1455 Idylwild Drive Nanicost Complex Fort Frances, ON, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Education,

Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution co-founded by the ten bands in the Rainy Lake Tribal area in 1985. The ten bands are: Big Grassy, Big Island, Couchiching, Lac La Croix, Naicatchewenin, Nigigoonsiminikaaning, Ojibways of Onigaming, Rainy River, Seine River and Mitaanjigamiing. Each of the ten bands appointed one member to a Board of Directors of Seven Generations Education Institute, which functions with the leadership of the Executive Director.

Aboriginal institutes partner with colleges and universities to offer students degree programs, apprenticeships, certificate programs and diploma programs. SGEI was founded to provide greater access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal peoples. SGEI 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. SGEI 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.



Fort Frances Main Campus is 1455 Idylwild Drive Nanicost Complex P.O. Box 297 Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M6. The Thunder Bay Office is 409 George St., Main Floor Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5Y9. The Kenora Office is 240 Veteran's Drive Kenora, ON P9N 3X7.


The Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority was founded in 1985; Its initial role was one of an advisory capacity since college and university programs were offered through agreements with public colleges and universities. The Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority officially changed its name to Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) effective July 1, 1999.

The institute name Seven Generations refers to the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois - "In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine." “The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law.”

SGEI provides educational instruction at the secondary, post-secondary and vocational levels.Students consist of adults seeking skill training and adult returnees who wish to gain knowledge in specific course content or a secondary school graduation diploma in preparation for Post-Secondary Education.


Seven Generations Education Institute mission is

  • to provide excellence in lifelong learning and empowerment through Anishinaabemowin,
  • to provide community-based and student centered learning opportunities for Anishinaabeg.
  • to offer programs and courses of study which promote individual and collective economic and social well-being
  • to serve as a centre of excellence for indigenous community- based learning.


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

As of 2013, the Seven Generations Education Institute has partnered with the Rainy River District School Board, the Ministry of Education, and local First Nations’ communities in development of new technologies and programs for revitalization of the Ojibwe language. [1]

Programs offered


  • Aboriginal Teacher Education Program
  • Honours Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts (University Degree Program)
  • Master of Social Work 2013


  • Andaa Wiinjigewin
  • Culinary Skills - Chef Certificate
  • Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Certificate/Diploma Program
  • Personal Support Worker

Continuing Education

  • Indigenous Preparatory Studies

Scholarships & Bursaries

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. SGEI scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Sandra Kakeeway Memorial Bursary; Biskaabiyang Bursaries [2]

See also


  1. Latter, Heather (2013-04-10). "Native language initiatives enhanced". Fort Frances Times Online. Retrieved 2013-04-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

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