The Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Enji giigdoyang, strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students within a campus community of Elders, youth, students and their families. You can connect with other students in the Enji giigdoyang lounge, join in activities or attend cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at Nipissing and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
Social and Cultural Events
The Office of Indigenous Initiatives organizes social, cultural and educational activities and workshops throughout the year. Past events have included ceremonies, film screenings, singing groups, land-based teachings, monthly luncheons and speakers ranging from authors to political leaders, artists and scholars.
Indigenous Student Success Coordinator
The Student Success Coordinator holistically supports new and returning Indigenous students in a number of a ways: Recognizing your strengths, identifying your needs and seeking the supports you need to ensure your academic success at Nipissing. The Coordinator can help you with your application to university and your transition to university life. Be sure to reach out for help if you need it.
Enji giigdoyang Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives
Enji giigdoyang offers 3 programs that connect Indigenous students at Nipissing with one another, youth and local communities: Peer 2 Peer Indigenous Mentorship, Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives and the Aasgaabitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences.
If you’re new to Nipissing, Peer 2 Peer connects you with upper-year Indigenous students. If you’re an Indigenous secondary school student, Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives connect you with upper-year Indigenous students at Nipissing. Twice a year, the Aasgaabitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences, hosted by Nipissing, brings together local secondary schools, Elders, Wiidooktaadwin University Student Mentors and special guests for a day of cultural teachings, experiential learning activities and reflection.
Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program
The Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) Program gives you the chance to volunteer in not-for-profit organizations and other community settings on projects or activities. You could volunteer to provide academic support to Indigenous youth at local elementary or secondary schools, or to support events in the community or at local organizations.