Indigenous Education Programs

Indigenous Education Programs - Summer 2021


Applications for the following programs are now available:

Indigenous Teacher Education Program - Year 1&2

Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program - Year 1&2

Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language - Year 2


Due to continuing Covid-19 concerns in the province of Ontario, all programs starting in July 2021 will be offered online


Indigenous Teacher Education Program

After completing the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) you will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, in the Primary and Junior division. As a qualified elementary school teacher, you will acquire the necessary pedagogical skills and knowledge combined with a strong personal understanding of Indigenous traditions, culture and heritage to build strong learning environments for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language Program

After completing the Teacher of Indigenous Languages as a Second Language Program (TILSL), you will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, in an Indigenous language from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The TILSL Program is OCT certified to offer the following Indigenous language teacher programs:

  • Anishnaabemwin
  • Cayuga
  • Mohawk
  • Lunaape
  • Cree

Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program

When you complete the Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program (ICADP) you will be qualified to work, under the professional direction of the classroom teacher and school Principal, as a classroom assistant with Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children.


Family Support Programs/Summer Camps

All students enrolled in our Indigenous Education Programs have access to a wide range of supports for students and their family members, including summer day camps for children (see below for specific information).

The Youth Experience Program and NUScience Explorations will be offered in July/August 2021. Space will be limited dependent upon provincial and local Covid-19 protocols and health regulations.

Youth Experience Program

The Youth Experience Program provides daily fun and educational activities for children aged 3-8 years of age, Monday to Friday to support the students of our summer-based Indigenous Education Programs. For specific information on this year's and last year's activities, please visit our Youth Experience Program website​.

​NUScience Explorations

We are happy to offer exciting Science and Technology camps for children aged 8 to 12 years of age. Each week focuses on a different science-based theme. For more information, please visit our NUScience Explorations​ website.

Important Update due to COVID-19

Because of the changing nature of the current COVID-19 health crisis and the uncertainty of when current provincial and federal guidelines and legislation related to COVID-19 will end (ie. social distancing, restriction of groups 5 or larger, etc.), Nipissing University is unable to guarantee when its entire North Bay campus, including classrooms, residence services, libraries and cafeterias will resume regular operations and be open to the general public.

We deeply appreciate your continued support during this difficult time. Please know that the entire Nipissing University community of support staff, administrators and faculty are working hard to prepare enriching and engaging programs so that your individual goal of becoming an OCT Certified teacher or an educational assistant will begin this summer!

For more information on Nipissing’s response to COVID-19, including FAQs, please visit

Contact Information



phone: 705.474.3450 ext. 4463

Oshki Pimache-o-win: The Wenjack Institute - Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program