Anishinabek Educational Institute

Founded 1993 | North Bay, ON

In 2018, Algonquin College expanded its Ottawa campus with the $45-million DARE (Discovery, Applied Research and Entrepreneurship) District, which features a library and learning centre, training and test facilities and applied research centres. It also has Indigenous gathering spaces, including a courtyard whose design is inspired by traditional Algonquin crafts.

The college offers degrees, advanced diplomas, certificates and trade and apprenticeship programs. A project called We Saved You a Seat reserves 30 per cent of spots in popular technology programs for women.

The Pembroke campus is set on the banks of the Ottawa River, a fitting location for programs that train forestry technicians. The Perth campus is anchored by the Heritage Institute, which fosters skills in conservation, preservation and restoration. Facilities at the Ottawa, Pembroke and Perth campuses include experiential learning settings such as massage therapy and dental clinics staffed by students. Work-integrated opportunities include co-op education and field and clinical placements.

In 2021, Algonquin’s students’ association opened the Jack Doyle Athletics and Recreation Centre, a 125,000-square-foot facility that hosts exercise classes, intramural sports and live events. It includes a fitness centre, climbing wall, bowling alley, games room and restaurant, and has all-gender washrooms and locker rooms.

Popular Programs

• Practical Nursing

• First Nation Child Welfare Advocate

• Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin—Early Childhood Education

• Social Service Worker—Indigenous Knowledge

School Size



• Diploma: $3,534-$4,308

• Certificate: $3,982

• Post-Grad: $2,720

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

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

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

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