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Allysha Wassegijig

Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator - Orillia Campus

Phone Number: 
+1 (705) 330-4008ext. 2018
Office Location: 
OR1019, Residence Building, Orillia Main Campus
Heritage Place by appointment
Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm. * Please call or email to make an appointment.
Academic Qualifications: 

Indigenous Knowledge Certificate (in progress) - Humber College
Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology Degree (Honours) - Guelph-Humber University
Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma (Honours) - Humber College

Date joined Lakehead: 
July 2016
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Program Support Officer, Humber College School of HRT
Aboriginal Programming Officer, Humber College Aboriginal Resource Centre
Research Assistant, Humber College Centre for Healthy Living

Research Interests: 

Holistic and Community Based Health Promotion


Stay Up To Date with Aboriginal Initiatives Orillia

Self-Identified Aboriginal students receive a monthly newsletter with helpful updates regarding events, services, financial aid, and other opportunities. For more information about Aboriginal self-identification, click here:

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Turtle Island Student Circle


Visiting Elders & Traditional Knowledge

An Elder, traditional helper, or counsellor will be on campus on a weekly basis, regularly alternating between Simcoe Hall and Heritage Place. Contact Us or Drop In to ensure you will receive the monthly newsletter with appointment dates and programming schedules.

  • One to One Elder Visits / Traditional Counselling (contact us to book an appointment)

  • Traditional Storytelling

  • Potluck, socials

  • Ceremonies

  • Crafting

Aboriginal Student Supports

Contact Us or Drop In to talk about your specific needs, goals, navigating internal Lakehead services, external community services, as well as various funding and employment-related opportunities.

  • Academic: assistance and referrals with internal Lakehead services

  • Financial: assistance with band funding, bursary & scholarship applications, assistance with navigating internal and external sources of financial aid

  • Career: CLAN job board, assistance, and referrals with internal Lakehead services and external community services, professional development and networking events and opportunities

  • Community: connect with other students in the Turtle Island Student Circle, local First Nations and organizations, browse our community calendars to see what’s happening locally


Coordinated Learning Access Network (CLAN)

Students and community members have access to multiple employment resources support services. CLAN connects job seekers and young professionals to job opportunities as well as local resources and supports through our network.

Visit our website

Like our page for updates on Facebook

Sign up for the email list 


External Community Resources for Aboriginal Students 

Financial Support 

Lakehead University Aboriginal Scholarships and Awards (internal and external)

Indspire Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards 

OSAP Indigenous Student Bursary

Community Cultural Supports and Resources 

Gatherings, ceremonies, workshops, teachings, counselling and other services are available in various capacities through local organizations and groups: 

Rama First Nation

Orillia Native Women's Group 

Barrie Native Friendship Centre 

Georgian Bay Native Women's Association 

Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre

Georgian Bay Metis Council (Metis Nation Ontario)

Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women's Circle

NSM Healthline: Services for Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis and Inuit

Email Allysha for more information or referrals at

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