Biidaaban Community Service-Learning

Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) symbolizes the beginning of new partnerships designed to enhance the lives of students and communities.

Pronounced bee-daw-bun, Biidaaban is an Anishinaabe term, meaning: ‘the point at which the light touches the earth at the break of dawn.’

Community Service-Learning (CSL) is a form of Experiential Learning that addresses community needs. Students integrate community organisations and support in a number of ways. This holistic approach to education is followed by meaningful reflection to help consolidate notions learned in class and in community.

    How can a student support my organisation?

    Students are in a position to support in a number of areas (see below). They bring the knowledge and skills they learned through their university studies to organisations, increasing their capacity to meet community needs.  




    Assisting with programming 

    Social media planning


    Grant proposal writing

    Website maintenance

    Grant research

    Event planning and logistics

    Creating and updating print materials


    Administrative support

    Attending community meetings/events

    Data entry

    Outreach and public education

    Making and distributing posters

    Organising files

    Provide knowledge and skills gained through their university years

    How do I register to host a Biidaaban student volunteer?

    Contact Christine Benoit at 705-474-3450 ext. 4586 or email

    Time commitment

    Students in the Biidaaban Community Service-Learning program provide approximately 2 hours of service per week or more, from October 2019 to March 2020. 

    The minimum is 40 hours of service (20 hours for each semester).

    Students work with their assigned organisation to establish a schedule that works for everyone. 

    Need a student for a single event?

    Submit event details to Christine Benoit at 705-474-3450 ext. 4586 or email We will attempt to find a student who meets your requirements. 

    Community Partners

    Biidaaban works in alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, North Bay’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy, and the Office of Indigenous Initiative’s Strategic Plan to support local Indigenous community in meaningful ways.