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Quality Academics
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NAIITS’ academic degrees offer open-ended opportunities for First Nations, Metis, Inuit and others of Indigenous ancestry to be part of a flexible program of learning.

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Symposiums
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NAIITS symposiums are themselves learning communities, unique in their blend of academic and practitioner teaching.

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NAIITS Store
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Providing resources to the members of our learning community for personal and community growth is the goal of the NAIITS store.

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Our Partners
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NAIITS has carefully selected partners who are clearly Jesus-focused in their worldview and mission, and who respect Indigenous leadership.

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Support Us
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We invite you to participate with Indigenous leaders from around the world and become part of a diverse group of highly dedicated visionaries.

Wendy Lynn Beauchemin Peterson

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The IP Community Grieves a Great Loss
It is with the deepest sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss that the board of NAIITS, together with the rest of the Indigenous Learning Community who knew and loved her, announce the passing from this life into the next of our dear sister, friend, and colleague in Indigenous life and education, Wendy Lynn Beauchemin Peterson. Wendy left us September 28th while celebrating friendship and birthdays with a number of friends in Paris, France. Her death, while sudden to all of us, will have come as no surprise to the one who formed her at the beginning of the world, instilling in her all the raw materials that would become the person we all knew and loved. She has now been welcomed by her creator into the next steps of life's journey beyond this world.

While we are all devastated, and in our own ways, according to our own relationship with Wendy, will experience her loss in the days to come, the deepest loss will lie with Ed, Melanie, Chad, Cory, their spouses and Wendy’s many grandchildren. As we have already begun to do, and invite you to do also, we continue to pray for all of the immediate and extended family in this time of separation and loss.

Wendy was not only a founder of NAIITS’, but a continuous member of NAIITS board of directors up until her passing. She was so very central to NAIITS’ formation that she has been referred to on many occasions as NAIITS’ mother. From NAIITS’ inception, Wendy was also its journal editor, devoting her time to its continued improvement and ultimately overseeing its welcome into the indexed volumes of the American Theological Libraries Association (ATLA).

Wendy survived a bout with cancer, to finish writing her Ph.D. dissertation, and successfully defend A Gifting of Sweetgrass: The Reclamation of Culture Movement and NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community this past May. She was hooded as Dr. Wendy Lynn Beauchemin Peterson on June 7, 2018 in the company of the NAIITS community to which she had devoted so much energy and passion over the years.

Wendy’s heart for people was obvious to all who met her. She was a combination of deep compassion, boldness in speech (wrapped in her inimitable humour), accompanied by actions that consistently named discrimination wherever she saw it. She was passionate about justice for all people but especially for Indigenous peoples at home and around the globe. As a Red River Métis woman, she was a role model to all who met her and came to know her, but she was especially concerned for the nurture and development of Indigenous women, of all ages.

Journey well our dear sister, aunt, and friend into the life that lies beyond this one; into the place where he who made you has waited for your return and now welcomes you into his warm and strong embrace. We will deeply miss you!

The family has asked that in lieu of other gifts, donations be made to Indigenous Pathways.
News

NAIITS Becomes An ATS Associate Member!

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NAIITS is thrilled to announce that as of Wednesday, June 20, 2018, by unanimous vote of its member schools, the Association of Theological Schools of Canada and the United States has admitted NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, to Associate Membership. This is a first in the one hundred years that ATS has been in existence! Associate Member status provides us the pathway to full accreditation in the next few years. Thanks to all those who have contributed to the work of achieving this historic goal.
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NAIITS gets a new Academic Dean!

The board, faculty, and staff, are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Gene Green as our Academic Dean effective July 1, 2018.

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NAIITS “Down Under” and Whitley College

We are thrilled to announce our newest partnership with the Australian Indigenous community, and Whitley College at the University of Melbourne, to deliver a Masters In Theological Studies Indigenous and to begin to offer an Indigenous PhD program supervised in partnership with NAIITS.
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Events
Courses for 2018 - 2020

The schedule for courses from 2018 - 2020 is now posted online! Click here to view the details...
Visit NAIITS Academics for information on applications and scholarships!
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Check back with us soon to access the videos from the 2018 NAIITS Symposium!
Videos
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Why Would a Good Southern African-American Christian Study Under Indians?
(April 21, 2015)
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NAIITS: Theology and Ethics of the Land
(June 15, 2014)
NAIITS at
George Fox University
(June 11, 2014)
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Indigenous Pathways Introduction
(Sept 2, 2011)
NAIITS - An Indigenous Learning Community
NAIITS (formerly North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of four divisions of Indigenous Pathways, a non-sectarian organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community to develop and articulate Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of written work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from within Native North American and other Indigenous perspectives. We do so in concert with partners of other ethnicities whom we have invited to speak into this context. NAIITS currently has five degree program partnerships offering undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs.
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