- Do you have to be Indigenous to access the space provided by the Indigenous Education & Engagement department?
No, everyone from all cultural backgrounds and beliefs are welcome to learn about Indigenous people’s history, culture, and traditions.
- Where can I find the Indigenous Education & Engagement Department?
Our office is located at both the North and Lakeshore campus. The North campus office is in the Learning Resource Commons (LRC) office 2137. While the Lakeshore office is located in the Welcome Centre (WEL) office 301. We are open from 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
- What does "Aboriginal" mean?
The Government of Canada defines Aboriginal as First Nation (Status and Non-Status), Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada in the Constitution Act, 1982.
- What does "Indigenous Peoples" mean?
With regard to international Indigenous students: The United Nations (UN) system has not developed a strict definition of “Indigenous peoples,” however, the UN has indicated the following key characteristics that are common among many Indigenous peoples. First, Indigenous peoples have unique and distinctive cultures, languages, legal systems and histories. Many communities have a strong connection to the environment and their traditional lands and territories. They also often share legacies of removal from traditional lands and territories, subjugation, destruction of their cultures, discrimination and widespread violations of their human rights. As per Article 33 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their own identity or membership in accordance with their customs and traditions. For more information visit The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples report.