Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

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

Cultural Activities

  • Deer tanning

    Deer Tanning

  • Hand Drum Singing

    Hand Drum Singing

  • Beading


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Moccasin Making

Stay tuned for potential dates for moccasin-making workshops.

Full Moon Ceremonies

When the moon is full, a woman can do a ceremony to honour and seek guidance from Grandmother Moon. Women can ask Grandmother Moon for direction in life, for wisdom, and for help for her children and others. Grandmother Moon can give her healing and balancing energy to women. 

Please bring tobacco, water and a potluck dish to share with the women. Also bring your hand drum if you wish to share a song.

2019 Dates:

-Thursday, August 15

-Friday, September 13

-Monday, October 14

-Tuesday, November 12

-Wednesday, December 11

Held at 144 Barrie St. from 6-9pm unless stated otherwise. Reminders will be published in our newsletter and social media outlets

Drum Making

“One traditional grandmother talked about how in order to receive a drum, you have to know the teachings and songs that are associated with it. She said, “You have to earn the drum.” The more we know about our sacred items, such as the drum, the more we will know about ourselves and how to obtain and maintain balance amongst the four elements of our being.”

You will receive teachings on the drum and will have the opportunity to make your own hand drum.

Songs will be sung and we will do an awakening ceremony for our drum.





In Indigenous culture, the sweat lodge empowers the natural elements of our being with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Each element brings a quality of balance to our lives. As you participate in the ceremony, you are purified with breathing, meditating, and in the sharing of words, prayers, songs, and storytelling. 

Students will be given teachings by the Elder beforehand and we will travel to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to participate. The sweatlodge can accommodate up to 15 participants. 

Learn to Hand drum & Sing

Indigenous people are using the drum as a healing tool. Singing and drumming is a part of the whole spiritual life of humans. With the act of singing their prayers, sharing stories and legends, singing medicine songs, we connect with each other, the drum and to our Mother Earth.


Gather with friends at Four Directions to bead necklaces, bracelets, moccasins, or your item of choice.

Upcoming Beading Circle Sessions:


All sessions will be held in the living room of 144 Barrie. All staff, students & faculty welcome!

Students Beading


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