Indigenous Education Programs

Indigenous Education Programs at Nipissing University

We look forward to welcoming all future and returning students to campus in July 2022 as all courses scheduled during the summer session will be offered on-campus at Nipissing University. For more information on Nipissing’s response to COVID-19, including FAQs, please visit www.nipissingu.ca/coronavirus.

Who can apply for Indigenous Education Programs?

The Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University offers three professional education programs designed for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. Programs are offered on our beautiful natural campus, which sits on the traditional territory of Nipissing First Nation, within the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, and amid a stunning 720 acres of Canadian Shield forest in North Bay, Ontario. 

Why apply for an Indigenous Education Program?

Our teaching approach blends traditional Indigenous culture, knowledge, and worldviews with contemporary understandings of educational theory and practice. Classes are delivered in an inclusive environment where students have access to holistic academic, personal and cultural supports, Elder support as well as a designated student success co-ordinator.

All programs offer supports to provide students the opportunity to pursue their educational goals with minimal interruptions to their family and employment responsibilities.

If you want to become a qualified teacher, give back to your community, or further your employment or academic goals, apply to one of the Indigenous Summer Education programs below.

Program Options:

Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Click here to learn more.

Indigenous Education Programs Brochure

Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program (ICADP)

Become qualified to work as a classroom assistant with Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children under the professional direction of the classroom teacher and school Principal. New intake in the summer of 2022! Application information will be available in early February. Click here to learn more.

Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language (TILSL)

Earn a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers in an Indigenous language for grades Kindergarten to Grade 12. New intake in the summer of 2022! Application information will be available in early February. Click here to learn more.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

Earn a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers in the Primary and Junior division and become a provincially certified elementary school teacher to build strong and culturally-relevant learning environments for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. New intake in the summer of 2022! Application information will be available in early February. Click here to learn more.

Stay in Residence

Each fully-furnished suite accommodates ;up to four people and features a kitchen with fridge and a stove (pots, pans and dishes not included), living room, dining area and two full bathrooms. Amenities include: local telephone, cable television, wireless and wired high-speed internet access, laundry rooms, common areas and lounges. All residences are smoke-free environments.

Residence applications are due by June 1.

Residence Application (Individual)     

Bring your Family

Bring your family

Students enrolled in the summer programs are invited to bring their families with them into residence and children have access to summer camp while their parents attend class. Children will have access to summer camp options:

Residence Application (Family)     

Contact Us

General Inquiries

Program / Application Information, Deadlines, etc.

» indigenouseducation@nipissingu.ca

Chris Hachkowski

Principal, Indigenous Programs

» chrisha@nipissingu.ca

» (705) 474-3450 ext. 4368

April Gardiner

Student Success and Development Coordinator

» aprilg@nipissingu.ca

» (705) 474-3450 ext. 4463