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          Niijii Indigenous Mentorship

          What is Niijii?

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          Founded in 2009 by the University of Ottawa, Lakehead University's Niijii Indigenous Mentorship Program, (formally AMP), currently delivers educational programming and a hands-on experience to thousands of Indigenous youth throughout Northwestern Ontario. The program frequently visits regional school classrooms to conduct a multitude of activities, experiments, and motivational challenges. Niijii matches experienced university students (at the undergrad, graduate and post-graduate levels) with Indigenous high school students from all across the Thunder Bay region to create a positive connection that both inspires and assists the high school student in thinking about post-secondary through learning about science and cultural based activities. 

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          • Lakehead University has one of the highest percentages of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students among Canadian Universities.
          • Self-identified Indigenous students attending the Thunder Bay campus represent 14% of our total student population.
          • As a leader amongst First Nation education attainment, Lakehead University has a proven track record and expertise in providing culturally appropriate programming and initiatives for our students and stakeholders.
          • Given our location within Northwestern Ontario, Lakehead University is uniquely positioned to reach out to Indigenous youth not only in Thunder Bay, but in rural and remote communities as well.


          March 20, 2020 - UPDATE:

          Due to recent events and school closures due to CO-VID19, The Aboriginal Mentorship Program will be operating online and working remotely until further notice and conducting online classes through Google Classroom during this time of social distancing.

          Any high school "AMP" students, or teachers wishing to get ahold of us can contact:

          Lisa Harris, Niijii Coordinator
          E: niijii@lakeheadu.ca
          T: (807) 627-4106

          Chelsey Commisso, Niijii Intern
          E: outreach.niijii@lakeheadu.ca
          T: (807) 621-3065


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