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GIS is Everywhere

GIS is Everywhere!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are widely used throughout the North Bay community. The Geography Department would like to invite all faculty, staff, students and community members to join us at an open-house to celebrate International GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13th from 10 am to 2 pm in A257. This community event showcases the use of Geographic Information Systems in: environment, business, government, health, emergency services, and education. GIS Day includes an open-house style fair for the community. The theme this year is, “GIS is EVERYWHERE! 

Our guest speaker is Mr. Paul Beach, general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Acorn Information Solutions Group. A not-for-profit group dedicated to promoting the sharing of GIS data and resources, and growing knowledge and tools among community organisations to create healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities. Exhibitors from the local community will be displaying how they use GIS in their work, including the City of North, North Bay Police Department, the Parry Sound District Health Unit, the Anishinabek First Nations, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, the the Municipal Property Assessment Commission, North Bay Hydro, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, and Canadore. Joining them will be exhibits by our GIS students, the Geography Department, Biology students, and Nipissing’s Nordic Ski Club .... GIS is EVERWHERE!


Dr. Katrina Srigley, Keynote Speaker at Australian Oral History Association Conference, October 10 - 13, 2019

Dr. Katrina Srigley delivers a keynote at Australian Oral History Association Conference in Brisbane.

Dr. Katrina Srigley

"Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing/The Stories of Nbisiing Nishnaabeg: relational storytelling and story listening on Nbisiing Nishnaabeg territory"

As feminist oral historians have well established, the act of sharing stories (challenging or celebratory) always involves degrees of intimacy, but what does this mean for a non-Indigenous historian listening to and learning from oral histories on Nbisiing Nishnaabeg territory? In answering this question, I will speak about the unlearning and learning journey that has given way to Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing, a historical project developed in partnership with Nipissing First Nation, and reflect on the relational historical framework that has developed through our work. In interesting ways relational storytelling and story listening is rooted in Nishnaabeg ways of knowing and being, resonates with and challenges my training as a feminist oral historian, and has a great deal to teach us about how to collectively understand the past, challenge the present, and contribute to the future.


Beyond Women's Words, Katrina Srigley

Dr. Katrina Srigley is also co-editor of Beyond Women’s Words: feminisms and the practices of oral history in the twenty-first century (2018), and currently co-researching Gaa Bi Kidwaad Maa Nbisiing: A-Kii Bemaadzijik, E-Niigannwang: The Stories of Nbisiing: the Land, the People, the Future; and Nbisiing Anishinabek Biimadiziwin: to understand the past and shape the future, in partnership with Nipissing First Nation.


"Living in the North" Short Story Competition Winners

The Dean of Arts & Science is delighted to announce the winning entries in the "Living in the North" short story competition at Nipissing University. The competition was open to all current students at Nipissing. The eleven entries were submitted to the Chair of the Department of English Studies, who removed the students' names from the stories and passes them onto a committee of English faculty.

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Aidan Adrian with his check for his first place story "On Route 116"

The committee unanimously awarded prizes to the following three stories:

In third place, receiving a $100 prize was Paige Linklater-Wong's story "The Fire and the Fall". The judges commended this for it tender treatment of Indigenous Trickster figure and the excitement of the plot.

In second place, receiving a $200 prize was Matthew Sullivan's story "Accompanied Voice". The judges commended this story for the lyricism of its prose and its vivid evocation of the beauty of the North.

In first place, receiving a $300 prize was Aidan Adrain's story "On Route 116". The judges commended this story for its skillful handling of multiple points of view and its ethical engagement with political realities of its setting.

Congratulations Paige, Matthew and Aidan!


Sarah Holt, Nipissing Students shares about "Life Changing" travel abroad course to Italy

This past June a group of students were fortunate enough to partake in an intensive ten-day course in Carrara Italy carving marble at Studio Corsanini with guest artists Stephen Shaheen and Fred X Brownstein. Students had the choice of either carving a traditional Italian mortar or a building cornice. There were twelve students who participated in the all-inclusive course, which earned each of them 3 FAVA credits and lasting memories. The students began fundraising for the course back in November of 2018 and put on numerous events to raise funds for the trip, including student run paint nights and art sales. All events the students ran were a huge success.

Art Abroad

The course was very studio based, with almost every day being spent in the open-air studio which was nestled on the edge of the mountains. Andrew Ackerman the organizer and professor responsible for the trip, had many other excursions planned to balance out the heavy work load. The students had the opportunity to tour a functioning marble quarry as well as visiting the Staglieno Cemetery in Genova which is known for its hyper realistic figurative marble monuments. In addition, there was a day trip to Florence where the students were exposed to works by Michelangelo, Donatello and other master stone carvers.

While in Carrara the students were fortunate enough to visit stone carving tool shops which featured authentic handmade tools and equipment as well as receiving the opportunity after to learn about each tool and how to use them. In addition to the stone carving at Studio Corsanini the owner Leonardo Corsanini had many workshops in place featuring his master carvers to show the students ancient techniques used to enlarge and or transfer plaster sculptures into stone.

All in all, the students involved with the course developed life changing skills, memories and friendships made possible by Nipissing offering the first Fine Arts abroad course. Each student came away with multiple connections for further artist development and opportunities that would not exist had they not been given the opportunity to take their studies outside of Nipissing’s campus.



Laura Peturson, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, completes urban mural for Up Here 2015, alongside Nipissing alum Jaymie Lathem

Laura Peturson Mural1

Up Here is an independent art and music festival that brings together dozens of musicians, installation artists and muralists to transform downtown Sudbury. The festival

is a project of We Live Up Here, a volunteer-run non-profit organization founded in 2012 around the simple idea that art can bring people together and can playfully reshape our community.

Laura’s mural is located on the side of a large social housing project at the busy corner of Notre Dame and Louis St. It depicts children exploring a tangle of fallen trees with the remnants of an old treehouse in the background. Laura brought an alumnus of the Fine Arts program, Jaymie Lathem (Executive Director of Creative Industries North Bay) to assist with the painting, and the two completed the three-storey mural over seven days.