Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 2001

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute (Oshki-Wenjack) aims to give students a culturally relevant education and a sense of belonging. Oshki-Pimache-O-Win means “a new beginning” in the Oji-Cree language. The school updated its name in 2018 to honour Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died in 1966 while escaping from a residential school.

Located in Thunder Bay, Oshki-Wenjack offers degree, diploma, certificate and academic upgrading programs through partnerships with universities and colleges, including Canadore, Confederation, Lakehead and Sault. Programs incorporate Indigenous knowledge, skills and traditions. The college also offers Indigenous wellness and addictions prevention and an Indigenous specialization in the social service worker program. Programs allow students to stay in their home communities for most of their studies; they attend two-week intensive blocks twice per semester and complete the rest of their learning online. Tutoring is available on an on-demand and drop-in basis. A four-day orientation is mandatory for new students; they meet instructors and peers, learn about the campus and gain academic skills. Students enjoy free coffee and cook together in the campus kitchen, and seasonal feasts are held four times per year. The Migizi Cultural Room hosts healing circles and cultural teachings. Through the Elder-on-campus program, students connect with Elders for counselling, traditional teaching and circle ceremonies, and the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Small $6,667 $3,301-$5,023 $3,739-$4,519 Yes

Cool options

  • Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention: This diploma program prepares students for work in remote and rural Indigenous communities. The focus is on Indigenous teachings, values, medicines, ceremonies and land-based learning.
  • Indigenous Classroom Assistant: Students attend two summers on campus and complete field placements in their home communities during the school year.
  • Aboriginal Mining Skills and Trades Entry Program: Modules include life skills, financial literacy, and health and safety.
  • College Access: This program is a refresher on math and communication skills and includes courses that transfer into diploma programs.

Popular Programs

  • Aboriginal Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior)
  • Social Service Worker—Indigenous Specialization
  • Business
  • Practical Nursing

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