Summer Indigenous Institute

An Opportunity for Indigenous Students Studying in the North

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.

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The 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.

The program runs for four weeks in July, and offers two introductory courses for credit through remote learning plus and on-campus experiential learning event in the fall. 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.

Students are exempt from paying tuition for the two courses.

Program Dates: July 4 – July 30, 2020

Application Deadline: June 13, 2020

All completed applications (including supplemental requirements) must be sent to The Office of Indigenous Initiatives via email to  or by fax at (705) 472-8601.

2020 Summer Indigenous Institute Application

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For more information, contact:

Phone: 705.474.3450 Ext. 4899