Biidaaban Community Service-Learning

Biidaaban Community Service-Learning (BCSL) symbolizes the beginning of new partnerships designed to enhance the lives of students and communities.

Pronounced bee-daw-bun, Biidaaban is an Anishinaabe term, meaning: ‘the point at which the light touches the earth at the break of dawn.’

Community Service-Learning (CSL) is a form of Experiential Learning that addresses community needs. Students integrate community organisations and support in a number of ways. This holistic approach to education is followed by meaningful reflection to help consolidate notions learned in class and in community.

    How can a student support my organization?

    Students are in a position to support in a number of areas (see below). They bring the knowledge and skills they learned through their university studies to organizations, increasing their capacity to meet community needs.  

     

    Communications

    Fundraising

    Assisting with programming 

    Social media planning

    Outreach

    Grant proposal writing

    Website maintenance

    Grant research

    Event planning and logistics

    Creating and updating print materials

    Research

    Administrative support

    Attending community meetings/events

    Data entry

    Outreach and public education

    Making and distributing posters

    Organizing files

    Provide knowledge and skills gained through their university years

    How do I register to host a Biidaaban student volunteer?

    Contact Christine Benoit at 705-474-3450 ext. 4586 or email christb@nipissingu.ca.

    Time commitment

    Students in the Biidaaban Community Service-Learning program provide approximately 2 hours of service per week or more, from October 2019 to March 2020. 

    The minimum is 40 hours of service (20 hours for each semester).

    Students work with their assigned organization to establish a schedule that works for everyone. 

    Need a student for a single event?

    Submit event details to Christine Benoit at 705-474-3450 ext. 4586 or email christb@nipissingu.ca. We will attempt to find a student who meets your requirements. 

    Community Partners

    Biidaaban works in alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, North Bay’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy, and the Office of Indigenous Initiative’s Strategic Plan to support local Indigenous community in meaningful ways.