Kanonhsyonni/Janice C. Hill
I am a member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation and have worked in the field of Native Education for more than 25 years. Beginning at the grassroots level I worked my way to an adjunct faculty position at Queen’s in the Faculty of Education where I held the position of Co-Director of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program in 1997/1998.
I returned to Tyendinaga in 1999 to teach and coordinate an adult education program, and establish a private high school rooted in Haudenosaunee culture, the Ohahase Education Centre where I served as Principal for five years. At the same time I also helped establish an alternative program for Mohawk students who were at risk of failure or dropping out - the HOPE program.
As Academic Dean at First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) I provided guidance and direction to several post-secondary, secondary and community programs and led FNTI through a process to gain Indigenous Accreditation status with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium which was granted in 2009.
I have been involved in education in many capacities: membership on the Tyendinaga School Committee; Education Coordinator for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Directorship on the Board of FNTI; Governor at Loyalist College; Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council at Queen’s University; and Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council at Trent University. I have also been involved regionally and nationally, holding executive positions with the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA), including the Presidency, and assisted in establishing the Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library.
Since 2000 I have served as a volunteer Circle member for Tsi Tsyonnheht Onkwawenna Language Circle whose mandate is to increase the number of speakers of the Mohawk language in Tyendinaga. My life work has been the revitalization of the Mohawk language and culture in my community.
Since coming back to Queen’s my focus has been on creating visibility and a safe and welcoming environment for all but most specifically for Indigenous students, faculty and staff through the creation of a learning community dedicated to raising up Indigenous knowledge and presence.
Contact me at 613-533-6000 ext.77997or at firstname.lastname@example.org