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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 cultural counsellor, 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 Indigenous and non-Indigenous students that share an interest in Indigenous cultures and traditions.

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

Indigenous Curriculum 

Queen's Centre for Teaching and Learning often 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. 

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 Indigenous Student Centre.

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Queen’s Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator, Laura Maracle, facilitates regular Indigenous 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 Indigenous peoples in Canada, and understand the connection between past and current government practices and policies towards First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Email: laura.maracle@queensu.ca.

Aboriginal Access to Engineering 

Aboriginal Access to Engineering (AAE) provides culturally relevant student support services to Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Working in partnership with the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, AAE strives to support the academic, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of students. Through AAE, students have access to tutoring and exam prep sessions, mentoring opportunities with practicing Indigenous engineers, and liaison with industries particularly interested in the development of Indigenous engineers through summer employment, internships, and permanent positions.

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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Indigenous Student Self-Identification

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

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

Indigenous Initiatives Visitorship Fund

Grants from the Indigenous Initiatives Visitorship Fund are intended to assist in covering the costs of inviting external speakers to the university. Funds can also be used to organize a scholarly event that enhances the student learning experience by advancing reconciliation/conciliation on campus; promoting an understanding of Indigenous histories, perspectives, and contemporary issues within the university community; and/or building relationships with Indigenous communities, organizations, and individuals to foster mutually beneficial collaborations which enhance Indigenous education opportunities and research collaborations. Please see the Indigenous Initiatives Visitorship Fund Guidelines (PDF, 304 KB) or contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives for further information. 

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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)