Helping Aboriginal students learn and succeed

Nîsôhkamâtotân [Nee-so-ka-ma-to-tan] is a Cree word meaning “let’s help each other”.  The Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre is a place where culture and tradition are welcomed, shared and celebrated.

Here, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff and students can gather to network, study and share their post-secondary learning experiences and learn from each other by

  • creating a welcoming and inclusive community
  • providing tools to empower everyone in the NAIT community
  • honouring the traditional ways of knowing and teaching
  • strengthening our institution through Aboriginal knowledge and ways of knowing
  • drawing strength from Aboriginal communities

How you can support

Your support is deeply appreciated by the NAIT community.

Donations to the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre will go directly to events, programming and services for staff, students and the community throughout the year:

  • Aboriginal cultural events, such as Aboriginal Culture Day and Bannock-fest 
  • Prospective Aboriginal Youth (PAY) Program hosts Aboriginal youth from Edmonton metro, First Nations and Métis to share what NAIT has to offer them as a prospective student
  • Student learning supports, such as printing, learning resources, transit tickets and other miscellaneous costs that help students during their studies so they can succeed in their learning

Four Directions Bursary 

Value: $1,000

Criteria: The Four Directions Award is for Aboriginal (First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Métis, & Inuit) students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the Canadian Indian Residential School system. This bursary is aligned with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 10 and 11 to “provide sufficient/adequate funding” to Aboriginal students.

Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre staff and students

NAIT is committed to supporting the full participation of Aboriginal peoples in higher education and removing barriers to Aboriginal student success.


Dawn Lameman

100% of your gift makes a difference

Every dollar you donate will go directly to supporting Aboriginal student success. You can make a one-time or monthly gift online, or get in touch with our team to find a giving solution that fits your financial situation.

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