KT School M’Chigeeng First Nation

Project Type
educational first-nations institutional
Project Size
946 M² / 10,183 SF
Completion Date
M’Chigeeng, Ontario

3rdLine.Studio designed Kenjgewin Teg (KT) as a flexible learning environment for those pursuing trade vocations. While programming is comprised of a series of specialized shops, classrooms and support spaces, common spaces are informed by First Nation traditions and teachings of the Seven Grandfathers – lending to students greater understanding of Indigenous worldviews while learning trade skills.

Key Features

Siting + Orientation
Although the site did not allow for the main entry to be oriented to the East, larger glass through the East corridor was used to bring daylighting (morning sun) through the building.
Circular Entry + Lounge
Circular form of the Entry / Commons creates a welcoming gathering space for students and visitors alike while referencing traditional healing circles.
Materiality + Form
Not only does the materiality of exterior and interior woodwork at the main entry/common’s make use of local building materials but also references local building traditions. Seven columns that surround the main entry reinforce traditional teachings of the Anishinaabe Nation / Anishinabek Firts Nation, more specifically, The 7 Grandfathers’ Teachings; wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honest, humility, truth.

Services Rendered


  • Creation of flexible work spaces capable of housing multiple training areas specific to individual trades


  • Creation of two pre-engineered spaces with access to the outdoors to create flexible work spaces that could house multiple trade training areas in each space thereby satisfying the requirements of the trade program relative to the small student body

Work photography by Gerry Kingsley

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