Aboriginal Initiatives Orillia Campus

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives offers a variety of on-campus services, connections to resources and referrals for all students. As part of the Orillia Student Affairs team, we work collaboratively with other Orillia campus services to meet your specific needs.



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Student Services

student typing on laptop in Aboriginal Initiatives officeIndividual Support

Make an appointment to meet with Allysha Wassegijig, Aboriginal Affairs Coordinator and build a personalized plan to suit your goals and needs.

speaker talking to group seated in a circleLanguage and Culture

Everyone of all backgrounds is welcome to attend gatherings at Simcoe Hall and Heritage Place. All language and culture gatherings are family-friendly with no experience necessary.

See calendar for specific dates, times and locations.



four traditional medicines in bowls

Visiting Elders on Campus

We are grateful to the elders and knowledge keepers who visit our students in classrooms, special events, and gatherings throughout the year. Please contact us or check the calendar for dates when visiting elders and helpers provide teachings and supports for students. Traditional medicines can be accessed in the office or alumni commons. 

Approaching a traditional elder or healer

 scholarships and awards for indigenous studentsFinancial Aid

There are hundreds of scholarships, bursaries, and awards available through Lakehead and external sources. Our advice? Apply, apply, apply!

MyAwards Portal

Students can also access fresh produce on a monthly basis through the Good Food Box program. Contact Us to sign up. 


Community Network

Students can find a sense of community support and access cultural learning through various local organizations. Check out the links below and stop by our office to talk about what's happening near the Orillia Campus.

group of people standing beside Lakehead tipiOrillia Native Women's Group

Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team


Orillia Campus Staff: 

Allysha Wassegijig, Aboriginal Affairs Coordinator 
Phone: 705-330-4008 ext 2018
Email: ai.orillia@lakeheadu.ca
Office Location: OR1019, Residence Building 

Student Team: 
Cassy Cooper, Graduate Assistant
Jessica Parks, Graduate Assistant 

Volunteer Opportunities: 
Student leaders - Turtle Island Student Circle