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Public Administration and Governance, BA


First Nations

Through a groundbreaking partnership between First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) and Ryerson University, First Nations students are able to earn a Level 1 Certificate, a Level 2 Certificate, and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Public Administration and Governance.  Since 1999, courses have been delivered in First Nations Communities across Ontario.

This program is an important initiative that provides learning and academic accreditation to First Nations Administrators. It will assist First Nations government administrators (and administrators of other Native organizations) to manage effectively and to gain control over their economic future.

The Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson was recognised for its efforts to provide education to Ontario First Nations when it won a 2010 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award, which was presented at the 04 April 2011 meeting of Senate.  Click here for the video explaining the program that was part of the nomination.  Click here for photos of that celebration.

Ryerson Politics FNTI

"I have a strong compassion for the development of First Nation communities, and I am professionally and personally committed to expand my personal skill levels in order to assist with the future development of our communities. I see this Public Administration Program as an incredible opportunity to assist me in achieving these goals."

Joanne Smoke
(Student, First Nations Program)
Executive Director
Ogemawahj Tribal Council

Please consult the website of the First Nations Technical Institute for further information including:

  • a description of the Program Requirements;
  • Level 1 Certificate course descriptions;
  • Level 2 Certificate course descriptions;
  • Level 3 (Degree) course descriptions;
  • Course Delivery Schedule; and
  • Application Form

Course renumbering (effective Fall 2011)