The Centre for Indigenous Support and Community Engagement (CISCE) strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students.
The Centre’s 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.
The Centre hosts a range of cultural programming, workshops and social gatherings throughout the year. It also can provide you the opportunity to connect with an Elder or meeting with an Indigenous Counsellor and receive support if you are experiencing discrimination in your class or on campus.
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. Students who are registered with the centre receive access to Ojigkwanong during working hours, our monthly newsletter and up to date information on Indigenous programming, job opportunities and scholarships.
- Cultural programming takes place through the centre on a weekly basis. Some of the programs students can participate in are, traditional crafting, sewing, beading circle or Cedar Tea & Chat. In addition, can attend workshops and social gatherings, which are organized on a monthly basis.
- 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.
- Indigenous counselling. Self-identified Indigenous students have access to an Indigenous counsellor. They can meet 1:1 to discuss concerns related to personal, academic and social life.
- The Indigenous Peer Mentorship program helps first-year students transition to university life by promoting student engagement and a sense of belonging on campus. It matches new students with upper-year, experienced, Indigenous students who can help with social, academic and cultural development.