Biidaaban Academic Support

Biidaaban Academic Support (BAS) is a tutoring program for local Indigenous youth in grades 1 to 12, with a focus on mathematics and literacy. Nipissing University student volunteers offer one-on-one support, in-person or virtually, either during the school day, or after school hours.  

Parents/Guardians: Register your child for virtual tutoring

Please complete the registration form below and email to Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, at

Biidaaban Academic Support Registration Form

Program Dates

October 2022 to March 2023. Schedules are adapted to student needs and availability. 

Program Locations (schools)

North Bay, Sturgeon Falls and Nipissing First Nation.  

Eligible schools: Schools fall within the Near North District School Board, Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, and Nipissing First Nation.

Become a Tutor (for Nipissing University Students)

Open to all Nipissing University students. Register as a tutor by contacting Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, at, or drop-in at F215-D, in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. You will be asked to participate in a casual interview. 

Please bring:

  1. A copy of a valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
  2. Your class schedule 

Community impact

In order for us to measure the impact of tutoring supports for Indigenous youth and tutors, it is important for tutors to record their work by submitting tutoring reports online. Submit Tutor Report

On average, students tutor for 1-3 hours per week throughout the school year.

Benefits of becoming a Tutor

Support Community

  • Connect with real people, share in their experiences, learn from them
  • Provide human resources where there is a need
  • Enhance social awareness and sense of responsibility
  • Get to know your community beyond the campus

Professional Development

  • Meet people and network
  • Learn from experience  
  • Develop skills and broaden knowledge (critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communication)

Personal Growth

  • Gain perspective
  • Assess your strengths, motivations and passions
  • Increase understanding of concepts learned in class
  • Get to know yourself in different contexts and in relation to others


The Office of Indigenous Initiatives recognizes the volunteer work of students in community. Biidaaban Academic Support is RSD approved. 

For tutors who complete 10 hours or more of tutoring: you could be eligible to receive free training (webinars, workshops, etc.) including Mental Health First Aid, ASIST, StraightTalk, SafeTalk, Tattered Teddies, First Aid and CPR, inclusive language, etc.

Email Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, at for further information.

Tutor Training

In order to qualify for the Biidaaban Academic Support program, we ask that you take the time to view these 3 mandatory workshops (videos), and register for at least one cultural activity from the table below:   

Duty to Report (15 minutes, youtube video)

Tutoring 101 (53 minutes, youtube video)

Online Etiquette and Professionalism (30 minutes, youtube video)


Date Time Event Delivery Location
Sept 16 11am - 3pm Welcome pow wow In-person Surtees gym
Sept 20 10 - 11am Medicine Wheel Teaching with Elder Mike Couchie In-person Tipi
Sept 26 1 - 2pm

CANCELLED: Drum Teaching with traditional ​knowledge holder Jennifer Wabano.

REPLACED BY: "Broken Treaties Produced Indigenous Poverty", presentation by Traditional Knowledge Keeper Holder Maurice Switzer

Join Zoom Meeting: ID: 818 6184 9020
Passcode: 865690

Hybrid R309
Sept 25 1pm

Student and Staff Sharing Circle (registration required)

In-person tipi
Sept 28 9am - 12pm SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training​ In-person A228
Sept 28

11am - 4pm

Film screening: Biidaajwan Force of Water, Beans, Hunt for the Wilderpeople

In-person A-252C (Teaching Hub)
Sept 28 12:30-3 Orange shirt beading activity In-person F215
Sept 29 3pm - 4:30pm

Orange Shirt Day: ​Elder visit and Indigenous Student Sharing Circle (registration required)

In-person L334 (Treaty Learning Centre/3rd floor Library)
Sept 26-30 N/A Film screening: Indian Horse available for all online Sept-26-30 Virtual N/A
Sept 29 6 pm

Orange Shirt Day: Commemorative event: Indian Horse Film Screening and dialogue with Edna Manitowabi and Roger Chum

In-person F213 (Nipissing Theatre)
Oct 3 12:30 - 1:30pm Developing Healthy Boundaries (registration required, email Hybrid F214
Oct 3 2 - 3pm

Sexual Violence Prevention and Education/ Intro to Allyship (registration required, email

In-person TBD
Oct 4 2:30 - 4pm

Medicine Walk with Norm Dokis (registration required, email


Campus trails


Oct 7 8:30am

Is Indigenous Reconciliation Real? Presentation by Dr. Brant, citizen of Mohawks of the land of Bay of Quinte, Nipissing University PhD graduate
Meeting ID: 883 6414 5876
Passcode: 435329

Hybrid A259


Support links:

Teaching through the 4 Rs of Indigenous Education 

Indigenous Resource Guide

To register, or for more information, email Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, at


Niminowaazmin (Year-end celebration)

Niminowaazmin is the Office of Indigenous Initiatives' year-end celebration for Biidaaban youth programs including Biidaaban Youth Group and Biidaaban Academic Support, honouring the successes of participating youth, their families, as well as our partners, tutors, student volunteers and employees. 

Niminowaazmin is an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) word that means "we are celebrating".

Virtual and in person activities to include traditional teachings, cultural and artistic activities, games, and door prizes. 

When: 11am - 2pm, March 25th, 2023 

Where: TBD

RSVP: Contact Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, at


Biidaaban Academic Support is presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, the Near North District School Board, the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, and Nbisiing Secondary School at Nipissing First Nation. 

For more information, contact Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, 705-474-3450 x4586 /