Summer Indigenous Institute

Application

Details for the 2020 Summer Indigenous Institute will be coming soon.

Program overview

The Summer Indigenous Institute is a month-long program for Indigenous students entering university. Launched in July, 2019, the program offers Indigenous students an academic transition to their undergraduate studies. The program is open to students who have been accepted to Nipissing University, Algoma University, Lakehead University, and Laurentian University.

The program runs for four weeks in July, and offers two introductory courses for credit. Students are immersed in “on the land and from the land” learning opportunities. The Summer Indigenous Institute focuses on learning skills necessary for undergraduate success, while also emphasizing cultural learning as a key to success for Indigenous students entering university.

The short program allows Indigenous students an advanced look at university life while also giving them a head start on their credits. The courses are taught by Indigenous faculty, and students have access to upper year student mentors. Enji giigdoyang, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives also offers academic and holistic support while students are in the program.

Students who have been accepted into the program will have the opportunity to stay in residence with their families. The program will contribute to student meals, travel and accommodations, and students in the pilot program will be exempt from paying tuition for the two courses.

For more information, contact:

Rick Fehr - Program Administrator: rickf@nipissingu.ca, 1-705-474-3450 ex: 4198.

Samantha Brand - Program Coordinator: samanthb@nipissingu.ca, 1-705-474-3450 ex: 4312.

Nipissing University's Accessibility Admissions Policy and Indigenous Self Identification: LINK

Summer Indigenous Institute - Additional information

  • The Summer Indigenous Institute will open the application process in the new year, for the 2020 cohort.
  • This transitional program is for Indigenous students entering Nipissing University, Algoma University, Lakehead University, or Laurentian University.
  • The Summer Indigenous Institute will cover costs of residence, food, and travel for students in the program.
  • The program begins early July.
  • The Summer Indigenous Institute is a culturally-based transition program focused on helping students get a head start on their undergraduate degrees.
  • Students will be enrolled in two Native Studies courses at Nipissing University.
  • The credits are transferable to any of the four partner universities in the north.