About Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute

Who we are

Founded in 1996, Oshki-Pimache-O-Education and Training Institute is an Aboriginal post-secondary education and training institute committed to increasing access to, and success in, accredited post-secondary education to the people in the forty-nine communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and other learners. Our Governing Council is composed of education leaders from First Nations communities and organizations in the NAN territory. Our staff and faculty are composed of full-time staff members as well as contract instructors, researchers, and curriculum developers who are hired as required.

Where we are

The OSHKI campus is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The campus includes offices, classrooms, kitchen amenities, a computer lab and student lounge. It is centrally located in the downtown south core, close to bus transportation, and is accessible to people with disabilities.

Who we serve

OSHKI is mandated to provide education and training opportunities to the people of Nishnawbe Aski Nation and surrounding area. NAN encompasses 49 First Nations throughout Northern Ontario. Many of the First Nations of NAN are remote and isolated. The total approximate population of NAN First Nation members (on- and off-reserve) is 45,000. The people of Nishnawbe Aski traditionally speak Ojibway, Cree, and Oji-Cree.

What we do

Our mission is to be a leader in providing excellence in post-secondary education by meeting the educational and cultural needs of the members and communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation through a holistic approach to lifelong learning.

OSHKI works with regional colleges and universities and other partners to:

  • Ensure quality programming.
  • Improve and increase opportunities for access.
  • Share beneficial resources and information.
  • Collaborate on the development and delivery of courses, programs and other projects.
  • Promote the retention and success of Aboriginal students.
  • Respond to employment and training needs within the communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
  • Contribute to the advancement of self-governance, sustainable economic development and self-sufficiency within the communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.