About KEC


The Kahnawa:ke Education Center (KEC) was established in 1980 to administer all locally controlled educational programs and services previously administered by the Federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Mohawks of Kahnawa:ke Council.

The Center assumed complete control over all education programs and services in 1988 when the administration of the Federal schools was transferred to the Kahnawa:ke Combined Schools Committee (KCSC) of parents.

The Center administers and operates three community schools: the Karonhianonhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstahkhwa School, the Kateri Tekakwitha School, and the Kahnawa:ke Survival School. The Center also administers all programs and services for students attending elementary schools, secondary schools and special institutions in the greater Montreal area as well as all students attending post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States.

The Center is administered and supervised by the Director of Education along with a professional staff who are responsible for student services, curriculum supervision, student assessment and records, professional development, placement and counseling services, school administration supervision, computer technology services, and finances. The Mohawks of Kahnawa:ke Council administers the school transportation program.

The Center is located in the East wing of Kateri Tekakwitha School.


History of the Kahnawà:ke Education Center

The Kahnawá:ke Education Center was established by the Kahnawà:ke Combined Schools Committee (KCSC) in 1980 to administer all education programs on its behalf; administrative control of educational programs was assumed from the Department of Indian Affairs over the period of 1983 to 1988. Today, the KEC directly operates three community schools; Karonhianónhnha School, Kateri School and the Kahnawake Survival School, as well as provides services and tuition for students attending many elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions outside of Kahnawá:ke.

The partnership of students, schools and parents is committed to the continued success, growth and improvement to Kahnawà:ke’s education system so that all of its people may have the opportunity to reach their learning potential, in the pride and understanding of who they are.


Mission Statement

In lasting partnership with parents and community, the Kahnawake Public Education System ensures that all Kahnawakeronon students will be given well-balanced and superior learning opportunities.

Our students will achieve pride and self-sufficiency through powerful curriculum based on Kanien’keha:ka language, values, beliefs and traditions along with sound academic principles and content, guided by innovative teaching methods.

Our students will apply their knowledge and skills to fulfill their life goals in contemporary society while honoring our ancestors and building our future through seven generations thinking.



Our students will be given the gift of the Kanien’keha language and culture – the basis of developing our identity.

Our students will experience a safe and healthy environment conducive to learning.

Our students will receive individualized instruction in order to become independent learners who are able to work with others.

Our special needs students will receive an inclusive education designed to meet their individual capabilities.

Our students will acquire the skills and knowledge to develop self-sufficiency.

Our students will be provided the opportunity to communicate proficiency in three languages – Kanien’kéha, French and English.