Enji giigdoyang, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students, building a sense of community and belonging on campus. You can connect with other students on campus in the Enji giigdoyang student lounge, and online in the virtual Enji giigdoyang student lounge, join in activities or attend cultural events and workshops.
The following are some of the services you will find at Nipissing and Enji giigdoyang, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.
Social and Cultural Events
Enji giigdoyang 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 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.
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: If you are new to Nipissing, this program connects you with upper-year Indigenous students.
- Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives: If you are an Indigenous high school student, this program connects you with upper-year Indigenous students at Nipissing.
- Aasgaabitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences: Hosted by Nipissing twice a year, the conferences bring together local high schools, Elders and special guests for a day of cultural teachings, experiential learning activities and reflection.
Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Program
The Biidaaban Community Service-Learning 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 high schools, or to support events in the community or at local organizations.