This summer, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College will have the distinct honor of hosting the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) and World Indigenous Nations University (WINU) welcoming members of Indigenous-serving institutions from around the world. This landmark event takes place August 12 through 18 and will be held in a hybrid fashion inviting all that can attend in person, as well as those from around the world who will need to attend virtually. Registration for the event is open to the public and due by June 10, 2022. To register for this exciting event, please visit

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is a unique institution in Minnesota (USA) created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1987 and chartered as a tribal college by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa that same year. Opening its doors in the fall of 1987, FDLTCC is the fulfillment of the Fond du Lac Band’s comprehensive educational plan for the reservation serving the Fond du Lac Reservation, its neighbor community, Cloquet, and the residents of Carlton and southern St. Louis counties in Minnesota.

Like many Indigenous serving institutions, FDLTCC was born out of a movement, grounded in the desire to serve the community with the Tribe in mind.  Almost 35 years later, FDLTCC continues to provide higher education opportunities for Ojibwe people and the community at large.

Providing diploma, certificate, and associate degree programming, the educational impact of FDLTCC is everywhere in the region. As police officers, childcare providers, social workers, nurses, chemical dependency counselors and educators, FDLTCC graduates are serving the community and ensuring that Indigenous people are seen, heard, and treated more respectfully.

Through WINHEC accreditation of FDLTCC’s Anishinaabeg Gikendaasowinan, which is the collection of Indigenous focused programs at the college, Native and non-native students are sent out into the world fully prepared with the cultural values of the Ojibwe-Anishinaabe to work innovatively and jointly to solve problems.

The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) was established in August 2002 at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Alberta, Canada. WINHEC’s aim is to bring professionals together to achieve common goals through higher education. Members come from many different countries and a variety of diverse areas such as university departments, research organizations and government agencies.

For more information on the Annual Gathering of the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium at FDLTCC, please visit or contact Roxanne DeLille at roxanned*AT* For registration assistance, contact Stacey Johnson at Stacey.Johnson*AT*



I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.

It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

My favorite thing about FDLTCC is the people. I’ve met fantastic students, faculty and staff who go above and beyond what I expected.