Biidaaban Youth Group

Biidaaban Youth Group (BYG) is an after school homework help program for Indigenous youth in Kindergarten to grade 6. Nipissing University student volunteer tutors support youth with academics and host recreational, social and artistic activities once a week for 15 weeks, between October 2019 and March 2020.

Program location

Biidaaban Youth Group takes place at the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre (980 Cassells Street).


Transportation is provided free of charge for youth from their school to the program. Parents are responsible for pick-up at 5pm. 

Program hours and dates

3pm to 5pm on the following 15 Thursdays:

2019: October 3, 10, 31 / November 6, 13, 20

2020: January 9, 16, 23, 30 / February 6, 13 / March 5, 12, 26

Youth registration 

Registration opens Thursday, September 19th. Children must attend one of the above schools to participate. Parents are responsible for child pick-up at 5 pm. To register your child/children or for more information, contact Christine Benoit at 705-474-3450 ext. 4586 or email

Spaces are limited.

Niminowaazmin (Year-end celebration)

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

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

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 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Main Cafeteria, Nipissing University, 100 College Drive

Parking is free. 

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

Nipissing University Students - Want to be a volunteer Program Leader? 

Contact Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, 705-474-3450 x4586 / Police Vulnerable Sector Check required. Click here for more information.


Biidaaban Youth Group is presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiative at Nipissing University, the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, 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 /