Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiatives (WIMI)

A mentorship program for Indigenous youth ages 13-17 led by university students. 

Wiidooktaadwin is an Anishnaabe word that means “helping one another." Wiidooktaadwin connects Indigenous university students with Indigenous youth in local secondary schools. During the fall Indigenous university students, elders and Indigenous knowledge holders visit schools leading sessions that include Indigenous teachings and activities that emphasize working together and the importance of sharing our gifts.

Schools participating include: Nbisiing Secondary School, Chippewa Secondary School, Northern Secondary School, Scollard Hall Secondary School, West Ferris Secondary School and Parry Sound Secondary School.

Your school will be advertising the program, so please watch for posters or reach out to your Indigenous Grad Coach!

For more information, please contact:

Alison Jackson at alisonj@nipissingu.ca, 705-474-3450 ext. 4252 or

Carrie Demers at carriede@nipissingu.ca, 705-474-3450 ext. 4684

Aasgaabwitaadwin Indigenous Youth Leadership Conferences

Youth from local secondary schools visit Nipissing University for a day of cultural learning.

Aasgaabwitaadwin is an Anishnaabemwin word meaning "we are standing in support of one another." Aasgaabwitaadwin is Nipissing University’s Indigenous Youth Leadership Conference. It is hosted on campus in the fall and winter each year. Youth from local secondary schools, Elders, university student mentors, and special guests gather for a day of cultural teachings and leadership activities. The next Aasgaabwitaadwin will be taking place virtually:

  • March 2022

Contact Alison Jackson at alisonj@nipissingu.ca, 705-474-3450 ext. 4252 or Carrie Demers at carriede@nipissingu.ca, 705-474-3450 ext. 4684 for more information.

Gerry McComb

"I am pursuing my passion for visual arts through the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Nipissing. Although sometimes it’s hard to be far away from my hometown, I feel supported in my program and have found a good circle of friends who have similar interests. I’m looking forward to seeing where my passions take me."

Gerry, 4th-year student, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
Hometown: Moose Factory, ON