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Kenjgewin Teg introduces Beverley Roy as President, ushering in a new era of Indigenous education

Ms. Roy looks ahead to advancing the delivery of academic credentials and strengthening partnerships
President of Kenjgewin Teg, Beverley Roy

Kenjgewin Teg is pleased to announce the appointment of Beverley Roy as its new President. Ms. Roy, a member of the M'Chigeeng First Nation on Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) and a proud Anishinaabe-kwe of the Anishinabek Nation, brings a wealth of experience to her new role.

The Kenjgewin Teg Board of Directors approved the appointment of Ms. Roy to the role of President on April 12, 2023. "Beverley's appointment as President of Kenjgewin Teg is a testament to her exceptional leadership abilities and her profound commitment to Indigenous education," stated Kenjgewin Teg Board of Directors Vice-Chairperson Brian McGregor. "Her unwavering dedication to community work and her extensive experience in the Indigenous postsecondary sector make her the ideal candidate to lead Kenjgewin Teg into a future that embraces and empowers Indigenous learners."

Ms. Roy’s professional career over the past 25 years has been dedicated to community work supporting Mnidoo Mnising, including working for the UCCM Anishinaabe Police for over a decade and serving on the M’Chigeeng First Nation elected council for two terms. She has amassed over a decade of experience in the Indigenous post-secondary sector through her 10-year tenure at Kenjgewin Teg and held various positions including Director of Quality Assurance and Director of Post-Secondary Education and Training. Ms. Roy is currently nearing the completion of her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Toronto, and was a recipient of the 2019-2020 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and the William G. Davis Fellowship Award for Doctoral Students in 2015. Her educational journey includes a Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo.

Ms. Roy remains dedicated to the pursuit of Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) — which is spoken on Mnidoo Mnising — as part of her lifelong learning and has participated in Kenjgewin Teg’s own program, Maajtaadaa! Introduction to Anishinaabemowi, a popular course for both beginners and those who wish to take their language learning journey to the next level.

"Kenjgewin Teg has reached significant milestones in its history, particularly in the last five years under exceptional leadership, culminating in organizational accreditation with the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council," shared Ms. Roy, who added that the accreditation will allow Kengjewin Teg to issue its own certificates, diplomas and degrees. "I am truly honoured to have the unwavering support of the Board of Directors as I take on the role of President. Together, we will forge ahead to continue this remarkable work, embracing lifelong education in the spirit of our Anishinabek traditions.”

As President, Ms. Roy will be instrumental in driving forward Kenjgewin Teg's strategic plan.

She is commited to advancing Indigenous Institutes in Ontario's higher education system and strengthening partnerships.

"The next steps in fulfilling Kenjgewin Teg's strategic plan include planning for the delivery of diplomas, certificates, degrees, and micro-credentials," explained Ms. Roy.

"This requires securing new and innovative investments to drive this important work. I am enthusiastic about contributing to the advancement of Indigenous Institutes within Ontario's higher education system. In addition to the enduring support of the Anishinabek communities of Mnidoo Mnising, our achievements at Kenjgewin Teg owe much to our valued college, university, and sector partnerships. I eagerly anticipate expanding these partnerships and forging new innovative collaborations with them."

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About Kenjgewin Teg

Situated on the picturesque Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) in Northern Ontario, Kenjgewin Teg remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Grounded in the rich history, ancestral knowledge, stories, and traditional teachings of the land, Kenjgewin Teg is dedicated to nurturing students' identities and sharing the richness of Anishinabek language (Anishinabemowin), culture, and tradition with the world.

Kenjgewin Teg is one of nine Indigenous Institutes in Ontario recognized under the Indigenous Institutes Act of 2017. In January 2022, Kenjgewin Teg was declared an accredited Indigenous Institute in Ontario by the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC).