First NTEP Director
Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP) receives accreditation. The two-year program is the first of its kind in Ontario. Graduates are eligible for a teaching certificate issued by the province. The program later evolves into the BA/BEd (Native Education) degree program.
Native Language Instructorsí Program (NLIP) begins, focusing on Western Ojibwe/Central Ojibwe and Cree languages. Students attend summer orientation programs on campus.
Native Support Services is established and the First Aboriginal Counsellor is hired. The unit is later renamed Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services.
Native Nursing Entry Program (NNEP) prepares students for admission to the Nursing program and provides students with support to complete a four-year Nursing degree.
Native Access Program is established for Aboriginal students who do not meet the regular admissions criteria.
The Provincial Aboriginal Education & Training Strategy (AETS) program is established, enabling Lakehead to better respond to the education needs of Aboriginal people. Lakeheadís Native Advisory Committee evolves into the Lakehead University Aboriginal Management Council (AMC), a decision-making body made up of students, elders, and representatives from 12 different Aboriginal groups from across Ontario.
Department of Native Studies is established and, over the next few years, Senate approves several degree and certificate programs including a HBA (Indigenous Learning) and a BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning). The name is later changed to the Department of Indigenous Learning.
Native Access Program for Engineering (NAPE) gives Aboriginal people the opportunity to enter an engineering program by providing pre-engineering study coupled with academic, cultural, and social support.
Chair of the Department
of Aboriginal Education
A philosophy course in Native Canadian World Views is offered and Lakehead secures funds from The Rockefeller Foundation to support a Humanities Fellowship Program, the Native Philosophy Project, which runs until 2000.
Lakehead University and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) sign a partnership protocol to improve relationships and foster linkages between NAN and its First Nations members and the University.
The Department of Aboriginal Education, to be chaired by an Aboriginal scholar, is established within the Faculty of Education, and three new Aboriginal Professors are hired. The Departmentís mandate is to increase the Facultyís capacity in all areas of Aboriginal education including policy, programs, research, and service.
A new position, Associate Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), is created to lead the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and is filled by Lauri Gilchrist.
Canada Research Chair
in Indigenous Education
A Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Education is established and is based in the Faculty of Education.