On February 10, 2016 Nipissing University’s Office of Aboriginal Initiative hosted the Aasgaabwitaadwin Leadership Conference here on campus. There were roughly 60 secondary school students that participated from Nipissing First Nation, North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Mattawa and Sundridge for a day of teachings and leadership activities. The day started out with an Elder Teaching Circle, outdoor leadership activities, as well as a workshop by local artist Sid Bobb from the artist-run company Aanmitaagzi. Students demonstrated their leadership skills throughout the day by participating in these activities and going out of their comfort zones while working with students from different schools.
Another important part of the day was the launch of www.futurefurther.ca featuring welcoming remarks from Nipissing University’s President Dr. Michael Degagne and student leaders. Future Further is a new initiative which has partnered with multiple universities in Ontario, including Nipissing University. The website is a dedicated resource that provides information on supports and services to Aboriginal students interested in, or already attending an Ontario university. Some items that can be found on the website include student Role Model videos telling their stories about their university experiences, as well as information/resources on admissions, financial aid, Aboriginal student services, and student life.
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