Kanonhsyonni/Janice C. Hill…
Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation. Jan is currently the Director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s University. She has worked in the field of Native Education for more than 25 years. Beginning at the grassroots level she worked her way to an adjunct faculty position at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education where she held the position of Co-Director of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program in 1997/1998.
She returned to Tyendinaga in 1999 to teach and coordinate an adult education program, and to work on the establishment of a private high school rooted in Haudenosaunee culture, where she served as Principal for five years – the Ohahase Education Centre. In addition she assisted in establishing an alternative program for Mohawk students who were at risk of failure or dropping out - the HOPE program.
Jan served as Academic Dean at FNTI for 5 years, providing guidance and direction to several post secondary, secondary and community programs. She was the lead in guiding FNTI through a process to gain Indigenous Accreditation status with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium in 2009.
Jan has 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; two years as the Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council at Queen’s University; three years as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council at Trent University. She has been involved regionally and nationally in Native Education and held several executive positions for the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA), including the Presidency. During this period she also assisted in the establishment of the Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library.
Since 2000 Jan has also served as a volunteer Circle member for Tsy Tsyonnheht Onkwawenna Language Circle whose mandate is to increase the number of speakers of the Mohawk language in Tyendinaga. Her life work has been the revitalization of the Mohawk language and culture in her community.