Thunder Bay

Kenora's Seven Generations Education Institute gets $1M boost

Officials with the Seven Generations Education Institute in Kenora say new federal funding will help improve its curriculum.
The Seven Generations Education Institute in Kenora will undergo a retrofit of its auditorium area, to make room for an expansion of its culinary programs. Pictured is an artist's rendering of what the proposed new space will look like. (Seven Generations Education Institute)

Officials with the Seven Generations Education Institute in Kenora say new federal funding will help improve its curriculum.

The institute received slightly more than $1 million from FedNor for several capital upgrades, including retrofits to the building it owns in Kenora.

The renovation will allow the institute to expand its culinary programs, said Wayne Zimmer, the director of apprenticeships and essential skills at the Kenora campus, adding that they will soon be able to offer a two-year diploma program.

"It changes the whole dynamic, because the closest place you can go is Thunder Bay right now, or Winnipeg, if you want a culinary program," he said.

"This allows students to stay at home, [and] they can get the same certification they can get in Toronto, they get in Winnipeg."

Currently, Zimmer said the institute only has a one-year certificate program.

He said the mezzanine will be turned into a dining room for the students, which will allow the institute to deliver the culinary management program.

The upgrades will also include better facilities for distance education, as well as a state-of-the-art conference and performing arts space.

The institute is a not-for-profit organization that works with Canadian colleges and universities to provide students with aboriginal-specific programs that lead to certificates, diplomas or degrees from recognized educational institutions.

With campuses in Fort Frances and Kenora, as well as administration offices in Thunder Bay, the organization currently employs 55 full-time and 70 part-time staff.

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