Mohawk Language and Culture courses are being offered at Queen's for the first time in Fall 2012, because of the Department’s close relations to the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and because Queen’s sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Mohawk is an endangered language and the community in Tyendinaga has been working extremely hard to solidify and strengthen the language and create a foundation of speakers. The courses give students rudimentary knowledge of the language and, through an exploration of traditions, philosophies and histories, an understanding of the rich Mohawk culture.