Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa is extremely grateful for all the support that several local agencies have provided since our founding in 1999. This help has allowed dozens of people to become speakers of the program. It has led to the establishment of the Mohawk (speaking) Longhouse at Grand River and an increasing number of infants being raised to speak the language. The Mohawk language at Grand River is much stronger now, thanks to the help we have received from:
The elected Six Nations Council is a staunch supporter of traditional language and culture. The council provides funding (via the Six Nations Language Commission) to Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa and the Cayuga and Onondaga adult immersion programs. It also funds Mohawk and Cayuga language nests for pre-school children. Their website link is here.
The Six Nations Community Development Trust is an independent community agency established by the Six Nations Council that receives gambling revenues from the Province of Ontario and disperses a portion of them to the community for a variety of purposes. The Trust has supported Onkwawenna for several years. This year (2013), the Trust has provided funding for two salaried positions. The Trust can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at: (519) 765-1236.
Grand River Employment and Training is first, and foremost, a local job-training and job-finding agency. But it also is a strong and long-time supporter of traditional language and culture. GREAT was the first organization in the community to support our language initiatives beginning in 1998 and for many years it was our sole source of funding. This year (2013) GREAT is providing funds to help conduct our summer video-production program. Their website is here.
The Grand River Post Secondary Education Office was established in 1992 to help Six Nations students achieve their educational goals. It provides counselling services and post-secondary funding to students. Because Onkwawenna has an articulation agreement with the University of Western Ontario whereby Onkwawenna graduates receive university credit there, GRPSEO has provided funding to Onkwawenna since 2007. The GRPSEO website is here.
The Six Nations Language Commission was established in 2007 to revitalize all six Iroquoian languages. With funding from the Six Nations Council, the Commission currently funds adult and children’s programs for the Mohawk and Cayuga languages as well as an adult program for the Onondaga language. The Commission can be contacted at: email@example.com or by telephone at: (905) 765-5595.
The University of Western Ontario began accrediting Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa in 2007. Students who successfully complete the First or Second Year Program at Onkwawenna receive university credit upon subsequently enrolling at Western. The articulation agreement between U.W.O. and Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa is currently being re-negotiated.