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Anishinabek Educational Institute

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Established  1993
Anishinabek Educational Institute
Motto  Forever to the 7th generation
Type  Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution.
President  Murray Maracle Sr., Director
Undergraduates  university, and continuing education students
Location  Nipissing Main Campus, 1 Migiizi Miikan Rd, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Anishinabek Educational Institute (AEI) is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled post-secondary institution. Aboriginal institutes partner with colleges and universities to offer students degree programs, apprenticeships, certificate programs and diploma programs. AEI was founded to provide greater access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal peoples. AEI delivers post-secondary programs approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The educational curriculum was adapted to meet the needs of Aboriginal learners to ensure it reflects community needs, cultural heritage and identity. AEI is a strong advocate of lifelong learning - evident in its initiatives to raise Aboriginal student entry into post-secondary education through educational programs offered at the elementary and secondary level.



The AEI main office is located on the Nipissing First Nation, and its satellite campuses are on Fort William First Nation and Munsee-Delaware First Nation. The Main Campus is 1 Migiizi Miikan in North Bay. The Munsee-Delaware Campus is located 533 Thomigo Road in Muncey. The Fort William Campus is located in 300 Anemki Place, Suite A in Fort William First Nation.


In June 1993, The Union of Ontario Indians (UOI), at the Anishinabek Grand Council on the Chippewa’s of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, the Chiefs in Assembly directed the Union of Ontario Indians Education Directorate to develop a model of an Anishinabek post-secondary institution. The model includes provisions for satellite campuses and a community-based delivery system.

In June 1994, the Chiefs at the Anishinabek Grand Council on the Rocky Bay First Nation, directed that, the Education Directorate formally establish the Anishinabek Educational Institute (AEI) in accordance with the model that was submitted and ratified. (Res. 94/13)


The Anishinabek Educational Institute is mandated by the Anishinabek General Assembly (Res 94/13), to provide quality education and training programs for First Nation Anishinabek communities. AEI offers college and university programs through agreements with public colleges and universities. AEI's mission is:

  • to provide a comfortable, supportive learning environment that promotes the traditional values of sharing, caring and respect.
  • to provide community-based programming which will better prepare the student success in an ever changing world.
  • to remain by and for Anishnabek People; at our pleasure, at our pace, and by our own standards.
  • Partnerships

    AEI offers programs and courses of study in partnership with all levels of government; commissions; industries; commerce and other education and training institutions.

    Programs offered

  • Business Diploma
  • Native Early Childhood Education
  • First Nation Child Welfare Advocate Certificate
  • Native Community Worker - Traditional Aboriginal Healing Methods Diploma
  • Pre Health Sciences Certificate
  • Social Service Worker (Tending the Fire/Caring for Water) Diploma
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Certificate
  • Native Community Worker - Traditional
  • Registered Practical Nursing Diploma
  • Scholarships & Bursaries

    The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.


    Anishinabek Educational Institute Wikipedia

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