Welcome! She:kon! Aanni!
Welcome to Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre!
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (4D) is the home away from home for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students on campus!
We provide study spaces, laundry, a cozy living room, and a pantry/full access kitchen. Our team facilitates cultural activities such as drumming, beading, feasts and ceremony, as well as social, academic and wellbeing programming.
Need a place to focus or somewhere to do laundry?
We are officially open to Queen's Indigenous Students to book the study spaces and use laundry facilities at Four Directions:
History of 4D
Queen’s established 4D in 1996 with funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. The Centre moved to its current location at 146 Barrie Street in 2000. In 2018, the Centre was renovated and doubled in size to include 144 Barrie Street. Since its creation, 4D has acted as a home away from home for Indigenous students; offering support services, feasts, social, and cultural activities.
4D has also acted as a support service to the Queen’s campus for many Indigenous related activities, initiatives, and knowledge. As the primary recognizably Indigenous space on-campus, many campus partners, staff, and faculty rely on 4D to provide them services such as research assistance, teaching support, classroom presentations, outreach to community, and committee work and participation.
Truth and Reconciliation
In 2015, Queen’s formed a TRC Task Force to respond to the national TRC Commission’s Final Report. The task force completed their work and delivered a final report that outlined 25 specific recommendations. These recommendations are meant to serve as a guide for all departments, faculties, and units to work towards when implementing strategies regarding supporting and including Indigenous students and knowledge.
With the release of the TRC Final Report, the creation of a central Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and strategic hires of Indigenous staff and faculty in key units, 4D is focused on providing support for Indigenous students. The staff at 4D are developing engaging student support programming through a holistic lens and model. We look forward to partnering with units, faculty, or staff who are dedicated to Indigenous students’ success and hope this framework sparks potential collaborations. This is a new era for 4D and one that focuses on supporting the staff at 4D to ensure that their expertise is utilized the best way possible.