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Support and Services

Indigenous Staff and Faculty Supports: Please refer to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) for faculty and staff - 1.800.663.1142 or homeweb.ca

Indigenous Student Support: No matter the Laurier campus or location you find yourself on undertaking your academic journey, our two Indigenous Student Centres (ISC) will welcome you with open arms. Whether you are looking for a space to study, hang out with friends, or continue on your journey of identity through cultural programming – the ISC has got you covered.

Indigenous Student Support Coordinator

stephanie-a.jpgStephanie (she/ her) is Mohawk First Nations of the Haudenosaunee on her father’s side. She was raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and is a Laurier alumna that graduated in 2021 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology.

As a student she worked part time at the Indigenous Student Centre in various roles. In her current role, Stephanie works with students and the university to support student’s needs, and helps organize programming for the Indigenous Student Centre.

Stephanie is personable and approachable – and always happy to meet with you! To connect with Stephanie please email ISCWaterloo@wlu.ca


Indigenous Student Centre

157 Albert St. Waterloo 

Join us at the Indigenous Student Centre - Waterloo Campus for study space and one-on-one appointments with the Indigenous Student Support Coordinator. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, we are operating at a limited capacity. We can welcome 13 students at a time for study space. If you have an appointment please see the staff at the front desk when you arrive. 

The Indigenous Student Centre is accessible Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-4:30 with OneCard Access. Hope to see you soon!

Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik is Anishinaabemowin and loosely translates in English to mean ‘a beautiful learning house.’ Kathy Absolon professor in the Faculty of Social Work and director of the Centre for Indigegogy named the Indigenous Student Centre.

Indigenous Student Support Coordinator

Margaret NeveauMargaret (she/her) is Anishinaabekwe from Batchewana First Nation located on the Eastern shores of Lake Superior. She has over 10 years of experience providing cultural, social, physical and emotional support. Margaret is always welcoming when students and guests visit the Indigenous Student Centre in Brantford. Margaret’s Anishinaabe name is Neegaabeeshbesingkwe, which translates to mean ‘water that falls woman.’

You can reach Margaret by email at mneveau@wlu.ca

Indigenous Student Centre

111 Darling Street, Brantford

Join us at the Indigenous Student Centre - Brantford Campus for study space and one-on-one appointments with the Indigenous Student Support Coordinator. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, we are operating at a limited capacity. We can welcome 15 students at a time for study space. 

The Indigenous Student Centre is accessible Tuesday-Thursday 8:30-4:30 with OneCard Access. Hope to see you soon!

Onkwe is a noun root that means ‘a being.’ On:we is a verb root, action that denotes 'true,' 'original' or 'real.' The word Onkwehon:we is the Mohawk equivalent of the English phrase, 'Indigenous people and/or person' but is more directly translated as ‘the original people.’

When you add a locational suffix :ne, the meaning of the word changes to mean at the place of the original people.

Onkwehonwe:ne is an appropriate description and a great name for the Centre. The Centre was named by Kawennakon Bonnie Whitlow, who is a Mohawk woman, Bear Clan from Six Nations.

Medicine Garden

Tsi Tkahehtakon, the Medicine Garden, is located behind the Indigenous Student Centre on the Brantford campus. This unique outdoor space is used to demonstrate traditional land-based teachings about the human relationship to the natural world. Brantford medicine gardenFrom a Haudenosaunee context, there is no such thing as a weed. Our work in the garden demonstrates that all plants have nutritional, medicinal and practical values.

The garden is also the focus of an Indigenous Studies course, Medicine Garden, in which students learn from local knowledge keepers about planting, harvesting and using the medicines in an outdoor and hands-on environment. The Indigenous Student Centre runs year-round workshops using the plants harvested from the garden to make a variety of medicines, as well as personal hygiene and household cleaning products.

Services

  • Academics: We offer advising, tutor matching, assistance with course selection, peer mentoring, and academic skill development programs. We also have a study lounge available for small group meetings or individual study sessions.
  • Financial aid: Get help with bursary and scholarship information, reference letters, and mailing applications.
  • Personal support: We are here for you! We focus on student well-being and cultural identity guidance.
  • Cultural programming: Check out our craft workshops, speaker series, moon ceremonies, and more.
  • Visiting Elders-in-Residence: Attend an Elder talk or schedule a one-on-one – their knowledge and guidance is invaluable.
  • Referrals: If you’re looking for support on or off-campus, we can point you in the right direction.