Biidaaban Youth Group

Biidaaban Youth Group (BYG) is an online, after school program for Indigenous youth in?Kindergarten to grade 6.?Nipissing University student?employees host a total of fifteen, 45 minute?cultural, social and artistic activities between October?2020?and March 2021. Dates to be announced shortly.

Program location

Biidaaban Youth Group will take place?online. A link will be sent to parents of participating youth.

Program hours?and dates

Dates and times to be announced shortly.?

Youth registration?

This program is available to participating schools within Near North District School Board and Nipissing-Parry Sound?Catholic?District School Board. Once school participation is confirmed, parents will be notified on how to register their child/children to the program.

Contact Carrie Demers by email at for more?information.

Nipissing University Students -?Program Leader Job Posting?

Student Leader - Job Poster?

Job Description

As Student Leader, you will assist with facilitating the Biidaaban Youth Group (BYG) program and the Biidaaban Academic Support (BAS) program.

BYG is an online, after school program for a group of up to 15 Indigenous youth in kindergarten to grade 6. Student Leaders host a variety of cultural activities, crafts, games and storytelling once a week for approximately 45 minutes. As part of a team of 3 Nipissing University student employees, you will prepare materials and host organized activities for BYG.

BAS is an online tutoring program for Indigenous youth grades 4-8. Student Leaders offer school work and homework help for 1-5 hours a week.?

Mandatory training will be provided the week of September 28th to October 2nd. Hours vary; daytime, evening, and weekends possible.

Students generally work around exam periods, mid-terms and study weeks to avoid conflicting priorities. All programs take place with youth from Nipissing First Nation, Dokis First Nation,?North Bay and surrounding areas.

Contact?Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, 705-474-3450 x4586 / Police Vulnerable Sector Check required. Click here for more information.

Niminowaazmin (Year-end celebration)

Niminowaazmin is the Office of Indigenous Initiatives' year-end celebration for Biidaaban youth programs including Biidaaban Youth Group and Biidaaban Academic Support,?honouring the successes of participating youth, their families, as well as our partners, tutors, student volunteers and employees.?

Niminowaazmin is?an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) word that means?"we are celebrating".

Virtual activities to include traditional teachings,?cultural and artistic activities, games, and door?prizes.?

When: Sunday, March 28th,?2021,?1:00pm -?2:00pm?

Where: Online. Link to be provided closer to the date.?

RSVP:?Contact Carrie Demers,?Student Placement Coordinator at


Biidaaban Youth Group is presented in partnership with the Office of Indigenous Initiative at Nipissing University,?the Near North District School Board and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.?

For more information, contact?Christine Benoit, Biidaaban Community Service-Learning Officer, 705-474-3450 x4586 /

"I am a first year student at Nipissing enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Program. I chose Nipissing because of the great reputation of their Education program, high satisfaction rate from students, and beautiful location. My experience working in the Biidaaban Youth Group was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The adults involved are professionals and excellent communicators and the youth were a blast to be around. I learned that the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Center is an impressive space that offers important programming for the community. I also learned that the youth involved in this program are respectful, curious, competitive, and highly playful. The training provided eye opening insight on the scale of injustice within Indigenous communities and the advantages of incorporating Indigenous culture into the curriculum. Overall, the Biidaaban Youth Group experience was a highlight of my first year at Nipissing and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested." ?

Kyle Quinlan