About Us

Mohawk & Cayuga Immersion

Who We Are

The Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Elementary and Secondary (high school) School is a Gayoghno (Cayuga) and Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) language immersion school located on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario.

Our name reflects our mandate. The two words – Kawenni:io in the Mohawk language, and Gaweni:yo in the Cayuga language – means “good sounding words.” With this in mind, we have created a curriculum based on concepts as set forth in the Thanksgiving Address, which is a speech that is spoken before any meeting of our people and which is a reflection of how we view the world.

Vision

To provide a culturally-based education that promotes understanding and pride in being Rotinonhsion:ni/Hodinohso:ni while preparing students to deal successfully with the complexities of contemporary society.

Mandate

The parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, all have put their minds together in the hope of providing an education that encourages the children to pursue and achieve excellence in their personal goals in a culturally appropriate manner. The Goals of Education have been articulated and form the base upon which all curricula are developed and delivered. The school is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of parents and community members. These members are accountable to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory by accepting the duties and responsibilities as prescribed in the Board Policy.

Belief

Our society depends on citizens who think effectively, read critically, discuss intelligently, evaluate ideas constructively and creatively, and choose to act wisely based on a commitment to ethical values. The complexities and global nature of today’s world requires that education work in partnership with the rest of society to promote excellence, mutual accountability, lifelong learning, and receptiveness to change. Each individual has inherent value and dignity, and every individual has the right to an education throughout life. The Kawenni:io / Gaweni:yo Private School (KGPS) prepares future generations of Onkwehon:we / Ongwehonwe to invent their future.

Beginnings
The Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo Immersion School has been in operation since 1986, with the later development of the secondary school in 1995. Our aim is to help preserve the traditions and cultures of the Rotinonhsion:ni/Hodinohso:ni. At the same time we are attempting to prepare students for life after high school, whether they plan to go on to higher learning or to enter the work force.
Highschool
The high school was created because parents were concerned that Cayuga and Mohawk speaking students who had been taught all of their lives in our languages and traditions would attend high schools off the reserve and find that they would not fit in and eventually would drop out. The most important reason for the high school however, is that the students continue on their studies in the Cayuga and Mohawk languages and traditions to help regenerate the language and culture.
Language Immersion
This Language Immersion school offers 100% instruction in the languages for grades Kindergarten to grade 6, instruction in grades 7/8 are 50% in the language and 50% in English and 25% language instruction in the high school.
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Over 30 years ago in 1986.

Gayogo̲ho:nǫˀnéha:ˀ (Cayuga language) / Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language)

Kawenní:io/Gawení:yo translates to, “Good words.”

KGPS is located at 3201 2nd Line Rd inside Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.