Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

[Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre]
[Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre]

On March 16, 2020 Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane released an update regarding the continuing operation of Queen’s University in light of the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world.  In terms of Spring 2020 convocation, the Principal advised:

“For the foreseeable future social distancing will be critical to containing the spread of the virus, and for that reason convocation ceremonies in the conventional form will simply not be possible.  Students will graduate and degrees will be conferred, but mass gatherings of hundreds of people will likely be no less hazardous in two months’ time than they are today.  As we work out alternative arrangements we will communicate them, but it seems prudent to let you know now that traditional spring convocation ceremonies will not take place.“

For more information please visit Coronavirus COVID-19 Information here.


  • Queen's Graduate getting wrapped in convocation gift

    Celebrating Graduation

  • Celebration

    Celebrating Graduation

  • Former FDISC Director, Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, presenting Queen's Graduate with a convocation gift

  • Celebrating Graduation

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC), on behalf of the university, the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University (ACQU) and the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, presents graduating Indigenous students with special gifts during their Convocation ceremonies (Spring and Fall).

In honour of their accomplishments as Indigenous graduates of Queen’s University, they are gifted with a Blackfoot Peoples Mountain Blanket, a Metis sash, a drum, or a feather fan.

The Blackfoot Peoples Mountain Blanket was chosen because the rich colours and fabric patterns honour our Mother Earth.

Following Convocation, the Indigenous graduates and their families are invited back to FDISC for graduates to put their hand print on the canvas wall hangings, along with their name, program, year of graduation and community, leaving their mark on Queen’s in perpetuity. 


If you have any questions or concerns please email Allison Loft, Indigenous events and programs assistant at

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