Meet student leader Michael Wabegijig

Mike Wabegijig
Mike Wabegijig

Nipissing students consistently impress as leaders, in the classroom, on campus and in the community. Recently the university celebrated 25 student leaders at the annual Dave Marshall Leadership Awards. Over the coming months, NU News will introduce each student leader to the wider community with a short article discussing their accomplishments and activities. Today, we are pleased to profile Michael Wabegijig, who is working toward a Bachelor of Education degree – Intermediate/Senior Division.

Wabegijig is a positive role model to both his peers and the community as a student, father, husband, teacher, and ambassador for both the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and Nipissing University. His support in the planning and facilitation of the Reach Ahead Credit pilot program offered on campus this past July in partnership with the Near North District School Board, was integral to its success.

Wabegijig has volunteered his time as a member of the planning committee for the annual Welcome Pow Wow, has helped plan activities for National Aboriginal Day celebrations, and has supported various events hosted by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

Wabegijig is both a lifelong learner and a teacher. He is a humble storyteller and collector of knowledge who exhibits a quiet strength. Due to these qualities, he was invited to participate in the Nbisiing Anishinaabeg Educators Working Group. Additionally, he was invited to speak on behalf of the Indigenous students on campus, with a Senior Policy Analyst and Special Advisor on Aboriginal Issues, to the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. In both of these roles, Wabegijig did an exceptional job.

Wabegijig is a kind, logical, rational, and critical thinker, whom his peers often come to for sound advice. His leadership within the Nipissing University community cannot be understated.

The university community is proud to recognize Micheal Wabegijig with a Dave Marshall Leadership Award in the Campus Category.

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