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Ombaashi is a word in the Ojibwe language that means to soar upwards or to be lifted up by the wind. The vision of the soaring eagle comes to mind because the eagle is thought, by many Indigenous peoples, to be a source of vision, wisdom and courage.
The Ombaashi network provides opportunities for Indigenous students to access international Indigenous mentors through online workshops, one-on-one relationships and speakers at the National Gathering.
Indigenous healing summer school
Each summer Ombaashi provides access to an Indigenous Healing Summer School. Applicants are invited to apply to attend the summer school (travel and accommodation included) or for funding to attend a similar summer school within their own territories.
The inaugural summer healing school transpired July 16-27, 2018, at Thompson Rivers University. Twelve students, of varied backgrounds and purpose, attended the first Land-based education course.
Indigenous mentoring network program
There are several Canadian Indigenous mentorship networks in Canada, with one national coordinating centre, listed below.
National Coordinating Centre
Ombaashi is the national coordinating centre for the Indigenous Network Mentoring Program.
Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI)
Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network Program
Prairie Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Network
Mno Nimkodadding Geegi: We Are All Connected
Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network
Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network
IM-Network is the network based at Dalhousie University and Memorial University, and represents the Atlantic Region (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick).
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Indigenous Mentorship of the Pacific Northwest
The Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest the network based at the University of Victoria, and is the network of Indigenous and allied students, researchers, academics, professionals and communities across British Columbia and the Yukon.
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Indigenous research seminars
Ombaashi hosts eight online Indigenous research seminars per year. Indigenous graduate students are invited to share their work alongside well known Indigenous health researchers.
Get in touch if you have any Indigenous academics you would like to hear from or if you would like to present.
International Indigenous Mentoring
Ombaashi provides international networks for Indigenous graduate students. If you would like to be connected with an international Indigenous academic in your field, please get in touch with us to let us know.
International mentoring request