Indigenous Initiatives Orillia Campus

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives offers a variety of 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.



Online Availability: We are available to you via video, phone, email or chat. Remember to check the events calendar and social media for helpful information, resources and updates. Email the Coordinator or call 705-305-6503.

Student Services

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Individual Support

Contact Allysha Wassegijig, Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator to connect with a network of support and build a personalized plan to suit your goals/needs at or 705-305-6503

UPDATE: To book an appointment for online counselling with Sheryl O'Reilly, Indigenous Student Counsellor. Contact or (807) 228-3420

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Language and Culture

Everyone from all backgrounds is welcome to attend gatherings and workshops advertised in our events calendar. All language and cultural gatherings are family-friendly with no experience necessary.  

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Visiting Elders

UPDATE: Pop-Up Indigenous Resource Centre has temporarily moved online. Contact us or check the calendar to see upcoming dates. Traditional medicines can be accessed in the Maawnjigamig Academic Success Zone (OR1013, Residence Building) or the Alumni Commons (2nd Floor, Simcoe Hall).

scholarships and awards for indigenous students

Financial Aid

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

Indigenous Scholarships & Awards



Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator


Campus: Orillia

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More: Read more about Allysha Wassegijig

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

Volunteer Opportunities: 
Student leaders - Turtle Island Student Circle