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Now launching: The Pimache-O-Win Pathways for Indigenous Workshop Series!

Are you looking for a new pathway in your life? Want to start a career, but maybe feel like you’ve been out of school too long? It’s never too late to apply to College or University!

Oshki-Wenjack can help you find your new beginnings!

The Pimache-O-Win Pathways for Indigenous Workshop Series is FREE and is designed specifically for women like you who want to go back to school.  These culturally sensitive workshops are delivered online for 3 days, then 3 days in October, completed by a training in Mental Health First Aid (finish with a certification).  Workshops include: confidence building, resume building, skills for entrepreneurship, how to upgrade your education, education choices, learn your learning style and so much more!

Email kfossum@oshki.ca or phone 807-626-1903 to register today!

(This project is funded by the Government of Ontario.)

Oshki-Wenjack Celebrates Graduation in Person on August 26!

On August 26th, staff, faculty, and students of Oshki-Wenjack will be coming together to celebrate graduates from 2021 and 2022. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this will be the first time we’re able to gather together for a large in-person ceremony, and the occasion promises to be a momentous one. With over 100 students graduating from 11 different programs, this will be Oshki-Wenjack’s largest graduation ceremony to date. With excitement starting to build among staff and students, it will undeniably be a day filled with special once-in-a-lifetime moments that some have been looking forward to for more than two years.

As the date of the ceremony draws closer, we thought it might be nice to include some reminders and information for graduating students and families who will be celebrating with us on August 26th in Thunder Bay at the DaVinci Centre:

1) Any graduate who is planning on attending must tell us and RSVP to sgrant@oshki.ca no later than July 4th, 2022. This RSVP must include the number of guests who will be attending with the graduate. Each graduate is permitted a total of 3 guests which includes children.

2) Scent-free event. Please do not wear perfume, cologne or other strong smelling products.

3) All graduates and guests must show proof of vaccination in order to enter the event. Individuals must be fully vaccinated which at this time means three doses. Exceptions made for small children under the age of five years or individuals with documentation of a health condition which prevents vaccination. We ask that, to the best of each person’s ability, they do their part to social distance and sanitize hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs to other students, staff, or attendees. Masks are welcome and will be available at the door.

4) Agenda for the Day. When students arrive at the building, there will be a main table inside the doors of the Michelangelo Room at the DaVinci Centre. At this point, guests will show vaccination proof and be permitted to enter the hall and find seats. Graduates will proceed to the small room off to the left where they will be outfitted with their robes, stoles, hats, and pins. Please leave purses and cellphones with your families or in your pocket. Once ready, graduates will assemble in the main lobby where they will be lined up by program in preparation for the processional.

Students are responsible for covering the cost of their own travel and their own accommodations while in Thunder Bay. If anyone would like recommendations for hotels, please do not hesitate to reach out to Sarah at sgrant@oshki.ca.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Sarah at sgrant@oshki.ca or Meagan at mmcleod@oshki.ca and we would be more than happy to assist you. Again, we so look forward to coming together and celebrating this special day with our graduates and their families.

Sarah & Meagan

Goyce Kakegamic Student Bursary

Goyce Kakegamic was an instrumental leader in the development of Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute. He truly believed in our Institute and his heartfelt guidance and support over the years will be missed. A Student Bursary Fund has been created in his name to support students with the costs of attending on-campus programming in Thunder Bay.

Donations to the bursary fund can be directed to:

Goyce Kakegamic Bursary Fund

c/o Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute

106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor, Thunder Bay, ON, P7E 1H3

info@oshki.ca

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OSAP Has an Indigenous Travel Grant

Information on Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant for learners from northern and remote communities:

We understand that travel funding for students to return to their home communities may be an issue as in-person learning starts to resume. We would like to highlight the Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant (OITG) as a potential solution for those learners from remote Northern First Nations communities.

The OITG can assist students, as well as their spouse and dependent children, if applicable, with the cost of travelling between their home community and the postsecondary institution they are attending.

To be eligible for this grant, Indigenous learners must meet the following requirements:

  • The learner has self-identified as being an Indigenous person on their OSAP profile;
  • The learner lives in an eligible remote First Nations community in Ontario when they are not in full-time postsecondary studies;
  • The learner is enrolled in either a public or private postsecondary institution located in Ontario or a public postsecondary institution located within Canada that is approved for OSAP purposes; and,
  • The learner has submitted an OSAP Application for Full-Time Students, has met all of the eligibility requirements and has at least $1.00 of financial need.

The current maximums and application deadlines can be found at https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR019262.html.

Learn more and apply for OSAP at:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-apply-osap 

Annual General Meeting 2021

Oshki-Wenjack is proud to present its First Annual General Meeting, to be held virtually.

Part of our ongoing commitment to leadership and communities is maintaining our relationships and accountability. We welcome you to be part of Oshki-Wenjack’s outreach and engagement as we move forward in our growth, through our 1st Annual General Meeting.

Chiefs and Council are welcome to register up to 2 attendees who are eligible for honouraria. One registrant must be a Chief or a Proxy, and the other may be part of the Council, other leadership or education representatives. We welcome all leadership and education representatives to view the annual general assembly and learn more about Oshki-Wenjack!

AGENDA
Friday, December 10
10:00am to 11:30am CST / 11:00am to 12:30pm EST
Virtual Meeting

SessionSpeaker
Opening Prayer – Imprint Hanging Standing WomanBrenda Mason, Elder-in-Residence
Welcoming Remarks & AddressesChair Arlene Jung,
President Lorrie Deschamps, Oshki-Wenjack

Grand Chief Derek Fox,
Deputy Grand Chief Bobby Narcisse, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Hon. Jill Dunlop, Minister,
Barry McCartan, Director, Indigenous Education, Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister,
Bernadette Wabie, Senior Education Officer, Indigenous Services Canada
Introduction of Governing Council
Audited Financial Statements 2020-2021
with Q&A Period
Gary Bruyere, Director of Operations
Strategic Plan 2021-2023 with Q&A PeriodPresident Lorrie Deschamps
Vice President Kim Falcigno
Ensuring the Success of Our Students PresentationDorothy Roberts, Director of Student Success
Closing RemarksPresident Lorrie Deschamps
Closing PrayerBrenda Mason, Elder-in-Residence

Midwifery Survey

Meegwetch for taking the time to take this survey to let us know your interest in the development of Indigenous Midwifery Program at Oshki- Wenjack. An Indigenous midwife is a primary health care provider who has the skills to care for pregnant people, babies, and their families throughout pregnancy and after. The purpose of this survey is to get feedback on indigenous midwifery education and services in your community.

To thank you for taking the time with this survey we will offer a draw to win three $25 amazon gift card via email. 

Please leave your name, community, email, and phone number at the end of this survey so we can get it touch with you for your interest and put your name in the draw.

Take the Survey

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