At Queen's there are a number of designated Indigenous spaces at both the main and west campus locations. These designated Indigenous spaces are important to the Indigenous community at Queen's as they provide a safe and culturally relevant space where Indigenous community members can feel safe, comfortable and welcome. Many of these spaces have been designed with Indigenity in mind which promotes Indigenous visibility at the university. The Queen's community are welcome to access and utilize these spaces in a respectful way.
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre is an important resource for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at Queen's Four Directions primarily supports Indigenous students, and also runs a variety of programming each month. The centre serves as a space for connecting, gathering, studying and activities such as feasts and cultural programming. As of October 2018, the centre has officially doubled in size providing more space for students to gather and seek support.
Outdoor Indigenous Gathering Space
Inspired by Anishinaabe wigwams, this space was designed as a multipurpose outdoor space that can be used to hold Indigenous ceremonies and events, as well as academic courses with a focus on Indigenous content and culture. The outdoor structure features a roof with open sides and circle seating with the capacity to hold up to 30 people and is wheelchair accessible. Requests to use the space should be submitted by email to the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kanonhweratónhtshera | G’di-mikwanim
Kanonhweratónhtshera (Mohawk) | G’di-mikwanim (Anishinaabemowin) | The Welcoming Room
The Welcoming Room is a communal gathering space and Indigenous classroom on campus. It is a multipurpose space that can be used to hold Indigenous ceremonies and events, as well as, academic courses with a focus on Indigenous content and culture.
This space can be booked by community for events and ceremony from 5:30 - 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and on weekends.
Contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives to book this space.
The Indigenous Teacher's Education Program (ITEP) Lounge provides a vast library of resources available to students, staff and faculty. The lounge is periodically used for classes and workshops. Smudging can be done in this space and Medicines are available.
Mshkiki Gitigan | Ononhkwa Nikahehto:ten
Mshkiki Gitigan (Anishinaabemowin) | Ononhkwa Nikahehto:ten (Mohawk) | Sacred Medicine Garden
Duncan McArthur Hall
511 Union St West
Created in 2015, this garden is home to a number of traditional plants and Medicines. Consult with the ITEP office if you are interested in harvesting any of the plants prior to doing so.
ASUS Reflection Room
The ASUS Reflection Room in Kingston Hall was gifted to the Arts Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) by Queen’s Alumni. In 2016, the room underwent a revitalization project and was renamed the Reflection Room, to acknowledge the historical and continuing impacts of colonization in Canada and its implications on the Indigenous staff, students, and community at Queen’s. The Arts Science Undergraduate Society and the Faculty of Arts Science acknowledge that Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories.