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Indigenous Supports

Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)

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Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) is the inaugural AVP (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)

Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) enhances Queen’s Indigenous education opportunities, facilitates research collaborations with Indigenous communities, and promotes an understanding of the histories, knowledge systems, and perspectives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.

Find contact information for the Office of the AVP (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)

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Aboriginal Council

Established in 1992, the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University provides guidance on Aboriginal programs and services at Queen’s. The Council is composed of representatives from Indigenous communities in Ontario, as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, staff, students and senior administrators. The Council reports directly to the University Senate and Board of Trustees.

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

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Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is a home away from home for Indigenous students at Queen's. The centre offers culturally tailored transition and support services for Indigenous students, including peer mentorship programs, access to an Indigenous academic advisor, and social events and programming.

Queen's Native Students Association

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The Queen's Native Students Association (QNSA) is a group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions.

QNSA provides a forum for discussing contemporary and historical issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples and cultures, hosts events and celebrations, and works in collaboration with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and the Aboriginal Council to identify the needs of Aboriginal students on campus. Undergraduates, graduates, and professional students are all represented in the QNSA.

Indigenous Curriculum 

Dr. Ian Fanning, Curriculum Developer (Indigenous Curriculum and Ways of Knowing) in Queen's Centre for Teaching and Learning, delivers professional development programming for Queen's educators on integrating Indigenous experiences and ways of knowing in curricula at the individual, unit, department, and faculty levels. Email:

Orientation Day for Indigenous Students

Queen’s offers incoming undergraduate Indigenous students a tailored orientation day that includes early move-in, workshops, and socializing activities to build connections and link students and their families to campus supports through the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.

Aboriginal Cultural Safety Training

Queen’s Aboriginal Cultural Safety Coordinator, Laura Maracle, facilitates regular Aboriginal cultural safety training workshops for faculty, staff, and students. Participants of these sessions will gain a better understanding of the historical, political, and cultural issues that impact Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and understand the connection between past and current government practices and policies towards First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Email:

Indigenous Admission Pathway

Under the Indigenous Admission Policy, established in 2011-12, entrance criteria for first-year undergraduate Indigenous applicants to any faculty or school are expanded to include consideration of non-academic factors through the submission of a personal statement of experience and/or applicable supplementary essays. Successful applicants must meet the general academic admission requirements for each program.

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Aboriginal Student Self-Identification

Aboriginal students at Queen’s can self-identify through the SOLUS student account system at any point in their studies.

Self-identifying ensures that Aboriginal students are provided with information on Aboriginal services and program at Queen’s, and allows the university to enhance its programs and services for Aboriginal students.

Learn more about self-identification

Financial Aid for Indigenous Students

Queen’s offers both merit- and need-based financial awards to undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis when applying to Queen’s.

Bimaadiziwin Ka'nikonhriyo Indigenous and Allies Living and Learning Community

Indigenous and non-Indigenous students can choose to live in the Bimaadiziwin Ka'nikonhriyo Indigenous and Allies Living and Learning Community (LLC) in the Chown Hall residence. LLCs are floors or clusters of rooms where students with similar interests live together.

With an emphasis on intercultural understanding and leadership development, the Bimaadiziwin Ka'nikonhriyo LLC welcomes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous student allies who are interested in learning more about Indigenous peoples, histories, and cultures. Students can apply to live in an LLC on their residence application.

Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative

The Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) is designed to raise awareness of historic and contemporary Indigenous issues. KIKI provides opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at Queen’s to participate in Indigenous focused experiential learning opportunities and build connections with local Indigenous communities.

Past events have included teach-ins, visiting Elders and traditional Knowledge Keepers, and concerts.

Indigenous Cultural Services

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives offers cultural Indigenous services for all faculty, staff, and students. A Cultural Advisor and Knowledge Keeper are available to all members of the Queen’s community for one-on-one and group meetings, ceremonial events, guidance, and consultation around Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing.

Individuals can request Indigenous Cultural Services by completing a request form (PDF 84.92) and submitting it to

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise: Queen’s Native Student Association hosted a KAIROS blanket exercise in the ARC as part of Indigenous Awareness Week 2017. (Photo by Bernard Clark)