How it all started
The TeKnoWave Story As Unique As the Initiative ItselfTeKnoWave was built on a wave of dreams – a vision! It’s an inspiring story of giving and unique partnerships. When asked how TeKnoWave came to fruition, Rima Aristocrat, President and CEO of the 108-year old Willis College of Business & Technology, and the Founder and President of TeKnoWave Inc., tells a story as unique as the initiative itself. “The inspiration for the TeKnoWave initiative began with an event that took place three years ago in Winnipeg, where I was presenting papers at an internation al conference. At the end of the day, educators from 20 different countries gathered for an evening of entertainment. George Bear, an Aboriginal “Hoop Dancer” performed his sacred dance. Afterwards, Bear spontaneously gave a personal account of his lack of education and the hardships that Canadian Indigenous people face in achieving higher education.” Bear’s story moved Aristocrat so much that she awarded him with an $18,000 scholarship to Ottawa’s Willis College. The college has since decided to grant a permanent educational scholarship for Aboriginal students named after Joseph Tokwiro Norton (J.T.N.) Grand Chief of the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. The Joseph T. Norton Scholarship is now accompanied by an additional $10,000 stipend for living expenses which has been raised from the Aboriginal private sector, from corporations such as National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Mohawk Internet Technologies and Donna Cona Inc.
Here is a selection of our projects:
Willis College An ongoing partnership to develop leading skills-based training for in demand careers and employers. In collaboration, we laid on the foundation of Indigenous community participation, the TeKnoWave model: “Five Pillars of Career & Community Development“, is based on the proven and successful experiences of Ottawa-based Willis College of Business Technology & Healthcare, a recognized Ontario post-secondary institution, a Quebec approved student funded programs and a leader in skills & training development for over 150 years.
On reserve, Six Nations with G.R.E.A.T. Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre on reserve – delivery of skills training programs
Networking Diploma with Industry Certifications and Management studies Willis College and University of Winnipeg – on reserve and off reserve
Volunteer Canada – developed an Indigenous Sensitivity Handbook for employers
Henvey Inlet First Nation, Ontario – in partnership with Willis College, we delivered seminars on Wind Energy
Congress of Aboriginal People – career skills training programs in:
- Indigenous Foundations Training Certificate
- Indigenous Personal Support Worker (PSW) Certificate
- Indigenous Community Service Worker Certificate