Since its inception in the late 1990s, and organizational birth in the year 2001, NAIITS has become a well-recognized and well-respected group of Indigenous women and men (and non-Indigenous colleagues) dedicated to the advancement of Indigenous people within the wider compass of those who follow the Jesus way.
Some of the accomplishments since its beginnings include the following: Educational Programs
In June of 2010 NAIITS entered an historic agreement with Portland Seminary (formerly George Fox Seminary) to begin delivery of a Masters degree in Intercultural Studies [MAIS] for Native North American and other Indigenous students. The first cohort of 11 MAIS students launched May 31 of 2011 with the first graduates in the spring of 2014.
In 2013 NAIITS signed a subsequent agreement with Tyndale Seminary to begin delivery of a Masters in Theological Studies – Indigenous [MTS (I)]. The first cohort of three MTS (I) students launched in 2014 with the first graduates in the spring of 2017.
In the fall of 2014, through its Divinity College, NAIITS entered an agreement with Acadia University and began delivery of its Master of Arts in Indigenous Community Development [MA-INCD] with its first cohort of three students. In the spring of 2017, NAIITS' first graduate from this program was a Métis student.
In the summer of 2017, NAIITS launched its Graduate Certificate, Diploma, and Masters in Theology programs in Australia, in partnership with Whitley College and the University of Divinity in Melbourne. IN the spring of 2019, together with our Australia partners, NAIITS launched an international PhD program in a broad range of theologically framed disciplines.
These are the first partnerships of their kind; delivered entirely by an Indigenous organization and its faculty, focused on higher theologically framed education. Our current student enrolment including our Masters and PhD programs in Australia is 41.
Since 2003, through its various program partnerships, with different educational institutions in Canada, the United States, and Australia, NAIITS has graduated nine people with doctoral degrees, two with Masters of Divinity, and more than 25 with Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies, Theological Studies and Biblical Studies. Student Placement
NAIITS graduates have been placed in a range of vocational ministry settings, tribal service settings, or in either full-time or adjunct faculty positions in seminaries and universities in Canada, the United States, or Australia.