Students taking Anishinaabemowin have a few ways to expand their knowledge of the language and Aboriginal cultures. They can participate in the events organized by the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, get involved with the native student club or volunteer at Kingston native community organizations.
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, or 4D as it is affectionately called, strives to be a home away from home, a hub of activity and a key resource for Queen's Indigenous students. The Centre offers academic tutoring and advising, cultural programming, Indigenous focused library, and a range of workshops designed to support you, academically, socially and culturally.
Ontario is home to a rich diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture. Kingston and Queen's University sit on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee & Anishinaabe peoples.
Every year, Kingston is celebrating Aboriginal Day with different festivities at Kingston market square. (Picture source: Kingston Whig)
Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest is a grassroots organization that promotes learning Indigenous languages and their revitalization. With the help of fluent speakers they are reclaiming Indigenous languages and cultures through songs, games and special projects. All welcome! Please contact Maureen at 613-217-4441.
KFLA Children & Youth Services Gathering Communities, Making Connections - A Resource Guide for Indigenous Families is one-of-a-kind guide, designed to help connect with Indigenous communities in Kingston, Tyendinaga, Napanee and Deseronto, Sharbot Lake and Bancroft. The guide includes listings of Indigenous services, and community -based groups and events.
The River program (formerly Katarokwi Aboriginal School) is intended to provide First Nation, Metis and Inuit students with a safe, inclusive and culturally rich learning environment. The focus is on respect for self, others, Indigenous traditions, and community. The program has regular visits by Elders and a curriculum that reflects Indigenous cultures, histories and perspectives. It offers four credits per semester.
Limestone District School Board -Indigenous Education Across the Limestone District School Board, teachers and schools are working to enhance the experience of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, and are highlighting Indigenous teachings and perspectives for all students.
Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day - KNIPD Committee organizes a community celebration on June 21st each year in Kingston, Ontario. In addition, Kingston NAD provides other programming throughout the year with a focus on community collaboration and outreach to promote education and cultural awareness.
Katarokwi Grandmothers' Council is an online resource for updates regarding the Katarokwi Grandmothers' Council; supporting Indigenous culture in the community by "returning to our ways"
The Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy was implemented in 1995 and has consistently evolved since then to respond to the changing epidemic within the Aboriginal population. The Strategy has embraced two fundamental principles since its inception. The first being a recognition that OAHAS is a distinct strategy based on the distinct needs of Aboriginal people.
South East Aboriginal Cancer Program - Aboriginal patient navigator provides support to people with cancer and their families who identify as having First Nations, Inuit or Metis ancestry. Support is provided by going to appointments, explaining medical information, seeking Traditional practices in care, and more.
The Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC) Indigenous peoples have the tools, knowledge and ability to make healthy choices and live free of diabetes, now and in future generations. IDHC will achieve the vision by supporting Indigenous communities, families and individuals by promoting holistic wellness models; building on traditional teachings and best practices to develop and provide programs, education and resources; and building relationships and community capacity.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston is a non-profit, volunteer based, direct service organization offering services to women in conflict with the law and to women facing financial and social barriers that may put them at risk of coming into conflict with the law.
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization that was established in 1971 to empower and support Indigenous women and their families throughout the province of Ontario. Kingston ONWA is a Facebook group for Kingston-based Indigenous women and their families.
Red Cedars Shelter is a holistic shelter, providing services and alternatives for families experiencing domestic abuse. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to serve anyone.
Kingston Interval Home is an Aboriginal Women's Outreach Program that offers flexible and culturally relevant services for Aboriginal women who have experienced violence. The Program provides support for women who wish to establish violence free lives in their community and in finding and maintaining safe and affordable housing.
Kagita Mikam provision of employment and training services to Aboriginal people. It was established to provide a cooperative working relationship with Aboriginal and local communities, organization and associations. This relationship will ensure that the employment and training of Aboriginal people will be addressed.
Tipi Moza's (Iron Homes) mission is to provide affordable, culturally appropriate, not-for-profit housing and related services for Aboriginal peoples.New and rehabilitated housing will be developed over time in the urban areas of Kingston and Frontenac for persons of varied backgrounds of low and moderate incomes.
The Queen's Native Student Association (QNSA) is an AMS ratified university club compromised of a diverse group of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions. Undergraduates, graduates and professional students are all represented in the QNSA.
The QNSA functions as a forum for students to discuss contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples and cultures.
We work in collaboration with Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC) and Queen’s Aboriginal Council to identify the needs of Aboriginal students on campus.