Support, recruitment for the Masters in World Indigenous Studies in Education expanded

M’CHIGEENG—The Queen’s Faculty of Education and Kenjgewin Teg Mnising in M’Chigeeng First Nation are excited to announce a new partnership which will support students in the Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE).

WISE is a progressive Master of Education degree that allows students to pursue their research interests without leaving their community, family, or job. The program is offered part-time and is a blend of both online and on-campus learning opportunities for students with experience in Indigenous communities and/or world Indigenous issues.

“This partnership involves joint wrap-around support for all our WISE students, including possibilities for land-based pedagogy,” said Queens associate dean, graduate studies Dr. Theodore Christou. “These supports begin before students even apply, as we are working on joint communications, recruitment, identification and support for students, increasing elder support, and belonging to a community that builds up students.”

Through this partnership, Queen’s and Kenjgewin Teg staff will work collaboratively to support WISE, including program development, student support, and recruitment. Students enrolled in WISE will be  offered elder support to ensure their personal, spiritual and emotional wellness needs are met.

Together, Queen’s and Kenjgewin Teg will collaboratively explore potential new courses, internships and curricula.

“This is an exciting time for Indigenous education and innovation,” said Beverly Roy, Kenjgewin Teg acting president. “As an accredited Indigenous Institute in Ontario, Kenjgewin Teg looks forward to enhancing our long-standing partnership with Queen’s University and now contributing to graduate level studies from our Anishinabek lens. We have been contributing to this perspective for many years through the Indigenous teacher education program (ITEP), and this new partnership makes sense on many levels.”