Support and Services
Aboriginal Student Centres
Our Aboriginal Student Centres in Waterloo and Brantford are open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners who are studying at Laurier. The centres are a welcoming space to study, meet up with friends, or grab a bite to eat.
Services offered at the Aboriginal Student Centres:
- Academic advising and support, including: tutor matching, assistance with course selection, peer mentoring, and academic skill development programs.
- Bursary and scholarship information, including: reference letters, mailing applications, and search assistance.
- Visiting Elders-in-Residence: Every month an Elder visits campus to spend time with students, deliver talks, or meet with students one-on-one.
- Resource library and research support: Borrow a book from our library full of Indigenous perspectives on a variety of topics.
- Cultural programming, including: craft workshops, speaker series, socials, moon ceremonies, and more.
- Study lounge, available for small group meetings or studying by yourself.
- Weekly soup lunch: From noon to 2 p.m., there’s a hot bowl of soup waiting for you!
- Referrals to on- and off-campus services: If you’re looking for support on or off campus, we can point you in the right direction.
Smudging is a ritual used to open ceremonies by cleansing participants and the place the ceremony is to be held. The smoke from burning sage and sweet grass rises, keeping us connected to creation and asking the spirits to be present and watch over us.
You must submit a request to perform a smudging ceremony on campus.
The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives offers convocation services for Indigenous students at both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. These services include an Indigenous stole in Brantford and access to wear traditional regalia on your convocation day.