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Debwendizon - Aboriginal Youth Education Gathering

Event Details:

Students visit Nipissing University and interact with university staff, Aboriginal university students, and Office of Aboriginal Initiatives staff. Students will participate in a range of learning experiences and hands-on activities at the Nipissing University, North Bay Campus.

Applications will be sent out to school guidance counselors or you can contact the Community Liaison and Development Coordinator in the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives.

Debwendizon translation:

Muriel Sawyer is from Nipissing First Nation and has taught Anishnaabemwin (Ojibwe lanugage) for over 40 years. In the winter of 2014 Muriel named the Aboriginal Youth Education Gathering at Nipissing University in Anishnaabemwin.

She explains that in Anishnaabemwin the word Debwendizon is derived from one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings - the teaching of Debwewin or Truth. Debwendizon means to "believe in yourself."

Muriel explains: "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."


Dates for Fall 2016 - November 22 & 23


Kerry Lynn Peltier, Community Liaison and Development Coordinator

Tel: 705.474.3450 ext. 4357​​​​


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