Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre

Derek Thunder, of NAIT's Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre, shows how to make Bannock

techlifetoday teamed up with NAIT's Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre to share a staple of Aboriginal cuisine: bannock.

NAIT is dedicated to supporting the Aboriginal student experience.

Nîsôhkamâtotân [Nee-so-ka-ma-to-tan] is a Cree word meaning “let’s help each other”. The Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre is a community gathering place where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students can gather to network, study and share their post-secondary learning experiences.  It is a place where culture and tradition are welcome and encouraged.

The centre is an integral part of the overall NAIT community and is committed to ensuring Aboriginal student success both inside and outside of the classroom.  We encourage you to drop by anytime during office hours and experience the warm, welcoming environment the centre has to offer.


At the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre, our purpose is to strengthen NAIT by creating an inclusive community and by drawing strength from Aboriginal communities.

Meet the Team

We are dedicated to helping students succeed in everything they do. Our team combines many years of experience working with Aboriginal students.

The Prospective Aboriginal Youth Program

The Prospective Aboriginal Youth program establishes relationships between NAIT and Aboriginal youth in Alberta and across Canada.

Aboriginal Applicants

As an Aboriginal student, if you meet the minimum entrance requirements for a program, you can gain admission to a NAIT program with a competitive entrance and/or program interview requirement.

Aboriginal students

Programs, pathways and support services for students who identify as Inuit, First Nation, and Métis.


Recipients of the Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award are individuals or organizations that have consistently demonstrated commitment to Aboriginal student success.

She devoted several years to Alberta Native Communications Society and was an active participant in the community development movement of the Company of Young Canadians. Senator Chalifoux’s own commitment to the Aboriginal community earned her the recognition of being named NAIT’s Distinguished Friend of the Institute in 2002. She also received an Honorary Diploma in Business Administration in 2003.

Senator Thelma Chalifoux Award Aboriginal Student Scholarships and Bursaries (pdf)

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“Life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind, so enjoy every moment as it comes.”

Melanie Ward
Occupational Health & Safety, Enoch Cree Nation, AB

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