Summer Indigenous Institute


Program overview

The Summer Indigenous Institute is a month-long pilot program for Indigenous students entering university. Launching in July, 2019, the program will be offered to students who have been accepted to Algoma University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, and Nipissing University.

The program runs from July 8th to August 2nd, 2019, and will offer two introductory courses for credit. Students will be immersed in “on the land and from the land” learning opportunities over a four week period. 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 will allow 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 will have access to upper year student mentors. Enji giigdoyang, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives will also offer academic and holistic support during the four weeks 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 cover the student’s 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:, 1-705-474-3450 ex: 4198.

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

Summer Indigenous Institute - Additional information

  • The Summer Indigenous Institute is accepting applications up until May 31st, 2019.
  • 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 July 8th, and runs until August 2nd.
  • 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.