Anishinabek Education Institute

Anishinabek Education Institute | North Bay, Ont. | Founded 1993

Courtesy of AEI

Courtesy of AEI

The Anishinabek Educational Institute’s (AEI) main campus sits just outside North Bay in the Nipissing First Nation. The building has four spokes, which point in the four directions and converge in a central hub with windows, skylights and a fireplace. The Fort William campus is near Thunder Bay, and the Munsee-Delaware campus is in Muncey. Both offer on-campus and community-based programs.

Classes start with a morning circle, where students add items to the shared sacred bundle. There is a prayer for the community and the water, as well as a smudging with sweetgrass. Students are encouraged to introduce themselves in their native languages, include practices from their communities and wear traditional clothing such as ribbon skirts.

With a student body of about 40 per year, classes are intimate and instructors spend individual time with students. Each program incorporates Indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions. Classes are set up to best suit course material; for example, the nursing classroom has a mock hospital room with beds and mannequins. While many of AEI’s programs are accredited through other Ontario colleges, AEI is working on its own accreditation to expand course offerings in child care and mental health studies. The college also hopes to offer degree programs in the near future.

Cool Options
First Nation Child Welfare Advocate: Students learn how to represent First Nations children and families in child protection matters.
Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin—Early Childhood Education: Students learn to address the culturally specific needs of First Nations communities and children.
Native Community Worker—Traditional Healing Methods: Explores traditional ideas of physical and spiritual well-being.

Popular Programs
• Practical Nursing
• First Nation Child Welfare Advocate
• Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin—Early Childhood Education
• Social Service Worker—Indigenous Knowledge

School Size

• Diploma: $3,534-$4,308
• Certificate:
• Post-Grad: 

Residence Offerings

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