Indigenous Studies

Welcome to Indigenous Studies at Nipissing University

Indigenous Studies offers you an opportunity to learn about Indigenous cultures, philosophies, literature, histories and contemporary issues that are central to this land that we live in. Its multidisciplinary approach reflects the holistic understandings of mino bimaadsiwin, so your studies will include the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects that are needed for true learning according to Indigenous thought.

A Message From Our Students

"Pursuing a minor in Indigenous Studies was one of the best decisions I made at Nipissing University. I gained more knowledge and a deeper understanding of the topics discussed not only from my professors but also from my peers. It is a very welcoming program rooted in inclusiveness, that also challenges you to view the world through a different lens."
- Sarah Pecoskie-Schweir


Enji giigoyang, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, organizes Indigenous Week and the Enji giigdoyang Speaker Series annually with talks, workshops, and film screenings by Indigenous knowledge holders, professionals, writers, scholars, artists, and filmmakers.

Community Service Learning

Community Service-Learning (CSL) represents experiential learning opportunities with an interactive, reciprocal and community-engaged approach to education followed by meaningful reflection to help consolidate learnings in both the classroom and community.

Built upon traditional First Nations land and with a number of First Nations communities in the area, North Bay and Nipissing University are significant centres of indigenous influence and activity. It would be challenging to find a more appropriate or ideal place than Nipissing to study and engage with a diversity of indigenous cultures, communities, and organizations.

Our program welcomes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in an inclusive, side-by-side learning environment. By studying at Nipissing, you will get a first-rate academic experience, and you will also be immersed in local Indigenous communities (both urban and rural). You will have access to and learn from many indigenous organizations and services in the North Bay area including the North Bay Métis Council and the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre. You will also meet elders, access a wide range of resources, and participate in or learn from many community activities and events.

Our Office of Indigenous Initiatives (Enjigiigdoyang) is available to help you transition smoothly into the university system with many useful services at your fingertips such as, tutoring and counseling. It will also connect you with interactive activities, guest speakers, and elders. You will find plenty of support and opportunities to make new friends!


Nipissing's campus is located on a stunning 291 hectares of Canadian Shield forest. With our focus on student-centred living and learning, you will feel a sense of community the moment you step on campus.

The Harris Learning Library

The Harris Learning Library was completed in 2011 and provides 56,000 square feet of study space with natural light and a modern award-winning design. The new library features expanded print collections, a learning commons, an adaptive technology area, and collaborative work spaces.

Scholarships, awards, and bursaries for students in the Native Studies program​​​

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Full-time Faculty

It was thanks to the Native Studies Program at Nipissing University that I decided to return for my Bachelor of Education. Because of the small class sizes, the friendly professors, the safe learning environments, and the incredibly intriguing courses, I continued to take as many Native Studies Courses as I could. I surprised myself at the end of my degree when I discovered I had unintentionally taken enough Native Studies courses to count for a minor. These courses were incredibly valuable and have taught me incredible lessons that I will bring into my own teaching.

Emily Dalmer - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) with a Minor in Native Studies, 2015, BEd, 2017

With a strong base of transferrable skills in writing, research, and critical thinking, you will find that a Indigenous Studies degree gives you a wide variety of career options to choose from. In addition, your knowledge of Native studies and well-developed cultural sensitivity will be highly valued by employers—especially in the government, arts, non-profit, human resources, and public relations sectors.

You may pursue careers in areas as diverse as policy development, politics, Indigenous organization, social work, consulting, journalism, social service-related work, and much more.

You may also continue your studies in Master and Doctorate-level programs, or professional schools like law or teaching. The growing demand for Indigenous curriculum in schools means that education and teaching is a great career option.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies
  • Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
  • Careers in community health, environmental management, fine arts, politics, social services, advocacy, and opportunities within corporate, non-profit and government sectors