Shaputuan inauguration at the Kiuna Institution

ODANAK, QC, Sept. 28, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Today the unveiling and inauguration of Kiuna Institution's brand new shaputuan is taking place. This impressive bark dwelling, designed by Philippe Rock, an Elder from the community of Pessamit, was made possible through funding provided by the Ministère de l'Éducation, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR). The shaputuan was built according to traditional Innu techniques over an eight-week period starting with the harvest of the raw material, and ending with the application of a sealer to extend the lifetime of the structure for eight to ten years.  

This latest structure to be added Kiuna Institution's cultural spaces site will be used as a gathering place and a classroom where traditional knowledge can be handed down to students in a natural setting.

This instructional tool is an integral part of the unique learning environment at Kiuna Institution that upholds both MEESR standards and First Nations values and traditions. Kiuna Institution has adopted a culturally-based teaching approach uniting traditional and modern concepts that generates a sense of pride among its students. Students come away with a rewarding experience that sets them well on their way towards academic and social success.

Since Kiuna Institution opened its doors, 92% of its graduates have pursued their studies or have entered the workforce.

Kiuna Institution

Founded by the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) in 2011, Kiuna Institution is the only First Nations postsecondary institution in Quebec that offers the First Nations Social Science (300.BO) program; a college program that reflects their history and cultural heritage.

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SOURCE Kiuna Institution

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For further information: Source: Prudence Hannis, Associate Director, 450-568-6464; Information: Thanissa Lainé, Information Officer, 418-842-7672,


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