Debwendizon Indigenous Youth Education Gathering

Debwendizon Indigenous Youth Gathering

Debwendizon is our annual Indigenous Youth Education Gathering. This event is typically held on campus but this year, the gathering will be available to participants virtually. In this interactive virtual visit to Nipissing University, Indigenous youth can learn about available programs and services and have their questions answered by Indigenous university students, faculty, and Office of Indigenous Initiatives' staff. We hope that you will experience first hand why you belong at Nipissing University! 

What does "Debwendizon" mean?

In the winter of 2014, the late Muriel Sawyer named the Indigenous Youth Education Gathering at Nipissing University in Anishnaabemwin. Muriel was from Nipissing First Nation and taught Anishnaabemwin (Ojibwe language) for over 40 years. She explained that in Anishnaabemwin, Debwendizon is rooted in one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings - the teaching of Debwewin or Truth. Debwendizon means to "believe in yourself." Muriel explained that, "It's much more than education. In order to pursue an education you need to believe that you can. So, by saying debwendizon, you are commanding your spirit, and yourself to say I believe in myself."

Virtual Event Sessions

Session 1: Indigenous Admissions, Programs and Services

Join us on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for a live discussion about Indigenous student admissions, programs, services and supports offered by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Nipissing University. This session will also include an overview of Indigenous student mentorship programming, volunteer opportunities, Nipissing University Student Union, Residence Life, and Dibaadan Student Counselling services.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of current students and support staff.

Session 2: Indigenous Foundations Program and Summer Indigenous Institute

Join us on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for a live discussion about transition programs at Nipissing University including the Indigenous Foundations Program and Summer Indigenous Institute. Not sure if university is for you? Join us to hear more about the Indigenous Foundations Program!! There will be interactive presentations on both programs and an opportunity to meet current faculty and staff.

Session 3: Undergraduate and Professional Programs and Courses

Join us on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. for an in-depth look at some undergraduate and profession programs offered at Nipissing University. This session will include a presentation and discussion with university staff and faculty. 


For more information, please contact Carly Renaud. 

Teri Jack

"My experience at Nipissing has been great! The small class sizes are a great learning environment, and I can approach professors whenever I need extra help. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has given me the opportunity to learn more about my culture, be part of the mentorship program, and learn new things like drum-making and beading. The support from the staff and friends I have met in the OII has been the primary reason I have stayed in school. I am happy to call North Bay my new home."

Teri, Bachelor of Business Administration
Hometown: Attawapiskat, ON