Paige Van Tassel
SGPS Indigenous Graduate Liaison
Associate Vice-Principal (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.
Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University
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.
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.
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
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.
Contact: Vanessa McCourt, Indigenous Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 146 Barrie Street Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
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.
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.
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.
More information: https://www.queensu.ca/inclusive/sites/default/files/assets/Indigenous%20Cultural%20Services%20Request%20Form.pdf
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.
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.
More information: https://www.queensu.ca/inclusive/sites/default/files/assets/Indigenous%20Initiatives%20Visitorship%20Fund%202019-2020.pdf
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.
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.
Queen’s Native Students Association
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.
Gathering Communities Making Connections: A Guide for Indigenous Families and Children
This one-of-a-kind guide was designed to help you connect with Indigenous Communities in Kingston, Tyendinaga, Napanee, Deseronto, Sharbot Lake and Bancroft. The guide includes listings of Indigenous services, and community-based groups and events. We have also included voluntary, community-based activities that are often the essence of sharing and caring Indigenous Communities. In addition, the guide includes some general services for families and children. We hope you will find the guide useful whether you are seeking information for yourself, a friend, or a client.
Kingston Aboriginal Community Information Network (KACIN)
Kingston Aboriginal Community Information Network Kingston is a Facebook network of Aboriginal service providers located in Kingston, Ontario Canada.
Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest
Our community has many Indigenous cultures and little access to language learning. As a result, our strategy is to work across cultures to instill pride in language learning. We welcome status and non-status people, as well as supportive settler allies. We host weekly workshops where we share and learn each other’s languages through songs, games, and stories with the help of fluent and intermediate speakers. We host independent activities and offer programs in partnership with numerous other community and educational institutions such as Loving Spoonful and Kingston Community Health Centre.
Through drumming, singing, dancing, creative arts and teachings, Ollin develops and delivers meaningful sessions, workshops, events and arts projects that reflect inclusion, diversity, unity, equity and community engagement with Mother Earth through authenticity, an open heart, and an open mind.
Address: Located within the Canadian Mental Health Association – 400 Elliott Avenue, Kingston, Ontario K7K, Canada
Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy
Offers culturally respectful and sensitive programs and strategies including Programs and Support Services, Education and Awareness, Advocacy, access to culturally-based programs and services, Conquering Stigmas, Wholistic and Unconditional Care, Sexual Health and Testing Info, Harm Reduction Approach, Safe Drug Kits and Education, Prevention and Intervention Work, Sexual Health and Wellness.