Anishinabek Educational Institute

Founded 1993 | North Bay, ON

The main campus of the Anishinabek Educational Institute (AEI) sits just outside North Bay on the Nipissing First Nation. The Fort William campus is near Thunder Bay and the Munsee-Delaware campus is in Muncey. Both offer on-campus and community-based programs. 

Classes start with a morning circle, where students add items to the shared sacred bundle. There is a prayer for the community and the water, as well as a smudging with sweetgrass. Students are encouraged to introduce themselves in their native languages, include practices from their communities and wear traditional clothing such as ribbon skirts.

With a student body of about 40 per year, AEI offers intimate classes where instructors spend individual time with students. Each program incorporates Indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions. Classrooms are set up to best suit course material; the nursing program, for example, has a mock hospital room with beds and mannequins. While many of AEI’s programs are accredited through other Ontario colleges, AEI is working on its own accreditation to expand course offerings in child care and mental health studies. The college also hopes to offer degree programs in the near future.

Popular Programs

• Practical Nursing

• First Nation Child Welfare Advocate

• Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin—Early Childhood Education

• Social Service Worker—Indigenous Knowledge

• Native Community Worker—Traditional Health Methods

School Size



• Diploma $3,992-$6,148

• Certificate $3,992

• Post-Grad $3,738

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• First Nation Child Welfare Advocate: Students will learn how to represent First Nations children and families in child protection matters.

• Native Community Worker—Traditional Healing Methods: This program explores traditional ideas of physical and spiritual well-being.

• Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin—Early Childhood Education: Students learn to address the culturally specific needs of First Nations communities and children.