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The Bishkaa program supports first year Indigenous students in their transition to Fleming College!

Bishkaa: Anishnaabemowin For "Rise Up"

The Bishkaa program provides a holistic approach to incoming Indigenous students' well-being by utilizing Elder's teachings and experiences on the land. It begins as a 5 day on-campus end-of-summer orientation program and continues as a mentorship throughout the school year.

There are three second year Indigenous students that work as the Indigenous Student Ambassadors to run the summer orientation and mentor incoming Indigenous students throughout the school year. The mentorship includes regular meetings with the Indigenous student ambassadors who are available to help guide students in their transition to Fleming College and help them to become familiar with the City of Peterborough, Lindsay and surrounding First Nations communities.

There are no other fees associated with the Bishkaa program.

Apply To The Bishkaa Program


There are 20 spots available this year for the program.
You must complete and submit an application to attend Bishkaa Summer Orientation 2019.
Participants will be selected in the order that applications are submitted.

To obtain an Application Form for Bishkaa Summer Orientation 2019 contact:
Indigenous Student Transitions Advisor, Mary MacLeod-Beaver
705-749-5530 ext. 1013

Indigenous Student Ambassador: Sutherland Campus

705-749-5530 ext. 1167
1-866-353-6464 ext. 1167

Indigenous Student Ambassador: Frost Campus

705-324-9144 ext. 3127
1-866-353-6464 ext. 3127

About The Bishkaa Program

The Bishkaa program started at Fleming College in 2016. We provided the students with many cultural experiences such as; a trip to the Petroglyphs Provincial Park, the Canadian Canoe Museum, the black oak savannah in Alderville, and wild rice processing.

The students also had regular meetings with ambassadors throughout the year; helping to alleviate some of the stress that come with first year. The students were able to get a jump start on September; learning to navigate Fleming just prior to when the rush started. Through Bishkaa the students felt more integrated into the Fleming community, which in turn helped make their first year a success. This year we will have a short orientation right before school starts.

Students will have an opportunity to get to know the Fleming College community. There will be some fun programming during the orientation, and throughout the year, this gives Indigenous students a chance to build relationships with one another, with more senior year students, with staff, Elders and the local community.

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