Aboriginal Student Services

Fleming College provides a unique and supportive environment for Aboriginal learners. Through many years of collaboration with Aboriginal communities and our team of experts in Aboriginal education, Fleming College provides strong support for Aboriginal students, right from orientation through to graduation.

What is Aboriginal Student Support Services?

Fleming College recognizes that Aboriginal students come from diverse cultures and traditions and have varying perspectives, needs and goals. No matter what path you come from, Fleming Aboriginal Student Support Services will help make your transition to the college environment easier.

Fleming Aboriginal Student Support Services offers culturally appropriate counseling support, provides information and resources, and acts as a link to the college and to the wider community. Together with the Aboriginal Education Council, and the Aboriginal Student Council "Mino Bimaadiziwin" (The way of a good life), we form a large community within the college.

We are committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students and honour the worldview of our people by respecting and supporting you to the best of our abilities. If you have any questions regarding the services we have to offer, please do not hesitate to ask, and we always welcome suggestions on how we can improve our services.

Miigwetch, Nia:wen, and we look forward to seeing you in the lounge!

Aboriginal Student Lounges

The Aboriginal student lounge at both the Sutherland Campus and at the Frost Campus, provide a quiet gathering or study space for students. Each lounge is equipped with couches, chairs, workstations, and resources to support Aboriginal learners.

Aboriginal Student Lounges are located in:

  • Room 372 at Sutherland Campus:
    go down the first set of stairs towards Tim Hortons, it is located at the bottom of the stairs on your left
  • Room 180A at Frost Campus
    go downstairs, pass the Cafeteria, when the hallway splits, it is the first door on your right

Mino Bimaadiziwin – Fleming Aboriginal Student Circle

The Circle of First Nations (CFN) was established in November of 2007 by some very dedicated and friendly students who felt that Fleming's Aboriginal learners would benefit from a student-run club. The club has since changed their name to Mino Bimaadiziwin(The Good Life)- Fleming Aboriginal Student Circle. This student driven club strives to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment for new and current First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students here at Fleming College in Peterborough. Weekly meetings are combined with postings in the Aboriginal Students' Lounge and mass e-mails to keep members informed of club developments and local Aboriginal organization events.

If you would like more information or would like to join the Aboriginal Student Circle, please contact Mino Bimaadiziwin-Fleming Aboriginal Student Circle President, Shana Patterson at shana.patterson@flemingcollege.ca

Aboriginal Student Programs

Visiting Elders

Fleming students, staff and faculty have an opportunity to speak with Aboriginal Elders each month as part of the Visiting Elders Program.

The program is provided by Fleming Aboriginal Student Services, and will bring to campus Elder Shirley Williams (Anishnaabekwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve), and Elder Gerard Sagassige (Curve Lake First Nation).

Peer Mentoring

This program is sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and was created for first generation students however, all are welcome to apply.

Please complete the application form and if you identify as being First Nation, Inuit or Métis and would like to be linked with another Aboriginal student, the Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator and Student Life Officer will work together to link you up with an appropriate mentor.

Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship

Haliburton School of The Arts (Fleming College), Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, and the Aboriginal Research Institute are pleased to announce the upcoming collaborative program in Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship.

The Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program centres on developing young Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the arts, crafts and music sectors. It also focuses on developing or expanding a micro-enterprise, and enhancing participants' understandings of the arts, crafts and music businesses and supply chain elements.

This innovative program is offered as a partnership between Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, Haliburton School of The Arts, and the Aboriginal Research Institute. It provides opportunities for Aboriginal youth to develop and expand their business plans, refine their products, participate in mentoring by local Aboriginal artists, develop understanding of the value chain in support of the arts, crafts and music markets, and get hands on experience visiting local arts and crafts suppliers and retailers, the School of The Arts, and business support centres.

Haliburton School of The Arts is pleased to be a partner on this initiative that focuses on developing the skills and careers of young Aboriginal artists and crafts persons.

"The project partners are excited to join together in providing an educational opportunity that will serve as the foundation for the young Aboriginal artists to begin their careers as professional artisans. The Haliburton campus looks forward to welcoming the participants this fall," said Sandra Dupret, Principal of Haliburton School of The Arts.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has generously provided support and sponsorship for this program.

For more information, contact: Pam Ouart, Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, 304-306 George Street North Suite 202, Peterborough ON (705) 775-0387.

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