Main Body

10 Story 5: Enter Nico’s World

Teal blue deer with yellow horns and ruby necklace and purple cloak
Deer by AKME

Aanikoobijigan aka ‘Nico’ (they/them)

aanikoobijigan na GH  Listen

  1. an ancestor
  2. a great-grandparent
  3. a great-grandchild

aanikoobijigan sg; aanikoobijiganag pl; aanikoobijigaans dim; Stem: /aanikoobijigan-/

From Ojibwe People’s Dictionary

Meet Nico (they/them): 

  • Very mysterious character. The other Indigenous students don’t know much about Nico, except for their name and the powerful meaning behind it.

Aanikoobijigan or Nico is, well, we can’t say much about them here. Click through one of the other character’s stories to find out more about Nico.

You will engage with the content by reading the material in the Pressbook open textbook, working through interactive modules, and answering ‘Check for Understanding’ style questions through the module.

1.0 – Instructions

As you move through the interactive module, the authors want you to remember that getting an answer wrong can actually help to deepen your understanding. As you work through the interactive modules, you simply need to press the green button in the upper right-hand corner of the interactive modules to ‘Proceed’. In some cases, you will have access to some nested narratives where you simply click the grey arrow at the bottom of the screen to move through the story.


If at any point, you get an answer incorrect, you can simply press the green ‘Back’ button to retry.

1.1 – Encouragement

We want you to have an opportunity to try, and try again in these learning modules. Success isn’t defined, in this context, by getting all of the answers right. Rather, success is learning through free experimentation, self-interrogation, and engaging with these materials with an open mind, curiosity and empathy.

As with anything, curiosity and empathy requires ongoing practice. You will deepen your understanding of what Indigenous learners encounter in their education and in their lives.

You will be asked throughout this learning experience to ask yourself about your own beliefs, and experiences. The more you do this, the easier developing and practicing empathy as a friend, instructor, colleague and citizen.


You are encouraged to try these interactive modules again and again if you want.

1.2 – Conclusion

Thank you so much for being a part of this learning experience. This was made possible through the hard work of many, many people including Indigenous student authors, illustrators, poets, and photographers. These stories are rooted in and informed by their lived experiences, and wisdom.


As a learner exploring this module and others, you are part of the important work of the decolonization of education, and the work of being an anti-racist in the world.




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