Language immersion school requests a permanent building

January 12, 2022
Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Private School, a school which is located on Six Nations of the Grand River, has gone 35 years without having a permanent school building and is in urgent need of more space. CBC reports that the school, which offers the critically endangered Cayuga and Mohawk languages from kindergarten to Grade 12, ranks 21st out of the 40 schools in Ontario that need to be built or repaired. School board members are requesting $15-$20M to build a space which would include a gymnasium, Longhouse, library, space for elders, and two wings for classrooms in order to increase its capacity to 125 students. Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo principal Dr Tehota’kerá:tonh Green is calling for the Six Nations Confederacy Council to be allowed to use the Six Nations Trust funds for the community, which could include building the new school. “We’re not asking for anything that isn’t already ours,” said Green. CBC (ON)