Biidaaban Academic Support

Biidaaban Academic Support (BAS) is a tutoring program for Indigenous youth with a focus on mathematics and literacy. Nipissing University student volunteers offer one-on-one support during school hours in local schools. 

Program dates

October 2019 to March 2020.

Schedules are adapted to student needs and tutor availability. 

Program locations (schools)

Nipissing First Nation:

  • Nbisiing Secondary School

Near North District School Board:

  • Silver Birches Public School
  • Sunset Park Public School
  • W.J. Fricker Intermediate
  • White Woods Public School
  • Woodlands Public School

Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic School Board:

  • Mother St. Brides Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Joseph Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School

Niminowaazmin (Year-end celebration)

Niminowaazmin is an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) word that means "we are celebrating".

Niminowaazmin is the Office of Indigenous Initiatives' year-end celebration for Biidaaban youth programs including Biidaaban Academic Support and Biidaaban Youth Group, honouring the successes of student volunteers, youth and their families. 

Activities include a luncheon, traditional teachings, cultural and artistic activities, a professional portrait booth, games, door prizes and giveaways. 

When: Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Main Cafeteria, Nipissing University, 100 College Drive

Parking is free. 

RSVP by March 24th, 2020. Contact April Gardiner, Student Placement Coordinator, 705-474-3450 x4684 or


Biidaaban Academic Support is presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, the Near North District School Board and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board

For more information, contact Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, 705-474-3450 x4586 /