The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives (CII) strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students.
CII staff are available to support your journey as a Carleton student. They can help you meet other students, connect you to community resources, refer you to an Indigenous Counsellor, and plan activities and cultural events to complement your academic experience at Carleton.
CII hosts academic study sessions, workshops, social gatherings, cultural events and visits with Elders throughout the school year. It also hosts workshops, lectures, pow wows and other cultural events that provide learning and sharing opportunities.
Some of the services you will find include:
- The Ojigkwanong, Carleton’s Indigenous Centre, home to the Indigenous campus community. The Centre is a hub for student activities, such as academic study sessions and workshops, social gatherings and visits with Elders. Register with CII as an Indigenous student for swipe-card access to Ojigkwanong and to sign up for the Minwàdjimowin (Good News) e-newsletter for information about the Centre and community events in Ottawa.
- The Knowledge Keepers Program, which provides a culturally safe and relevant space for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, faculty, staff and community members to connect with each other. Knowledge Keepers can provide smudging and teaching circles via Zoom.
- The monthly Knowledge Keepers Circle provides a culturally safe and relevant space in which First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, faculty, staff and community members can connect with each other. Knowledge Keepers provide smudging and teaching circles via Zoom.
- The weekly Drum Circle with Heather Wiggs, provides a culturally safe place to learn hand drumming and sing along. Drum circle runs every Wednesday starting September 9, 2021, via Zoom.
- Weekly Research Support with Martha Attridge-Bufton, provides librarian knowledge and research for students. The program runs every Wednesday starting September 30, 2021, via Zoom.
- The Beading Circle with Vanessa Cyr provides a culturally safe and relevant space for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students. The program runs every Thursday starting September 3, 2021, via Zoom.
- Monthly Traditional Craft provides a culturally safe and relevant space for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students. The program runs on the last Friday of the month starting September 25, 2021, via Zoom.