In Anishnaabemwin "debwendizon" is related to the Seven Grandfather Teachings – the teaching of debwewin or truth – and means "to believe in yourself." Debwendizon is an annual Indigenous Youth Education Gathering held on campus. In this interactive visit to Nipissing University, Indigenous youth will participate in a series of hands-on learning activities led by our campus community – Indigenous university students, faculty, and Office of Indigenous Initiatives' staff. We hope that you will experience first hand why you belong at Nipissing University!
In the winter of 2014 Muriel Sawyer named the Indigenous Youth Education Gathering at Nipissing University in Anishnaabemwin. Muriel Sawyer is from Nipissing First Nation and has taught Anishnaabemwin (Ojibwe lanugage) for over 40 years. She explains that in Anishnaabemwin, Debwendizon is rooted in one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings - the teaching of Debwewin or Truth. Debwendizon means to "believe in yourself." Muriel explains that "It's much more than education. In order to pursue an education you need to believe that you can. So, by saying debwendizon, you are commanding your spirit, and yourself to say I believe in myself."
For an application, please contact Indigenous Recruitment/Wiidooktaadwin Mentorship Program Officer:
- Phone: 705.474.3450 ext. 4586
General inquiries can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
"My experience at Nipissing has been great! The small class sizes are a great learning environment, and I can approach professors whenever I need extra help. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has given me the opportunity to learn more about my culture, be part of the mentorship program, and learn new things like drum-making and beading. The support from the staff and friends I have met in the OII has been the primary reason I have stayed in school. I am happy to call North Bay my new home."Teri, Bachelor of Business Administration Hometown: Attawapiskat, ON