Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC) strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you’ll find at Queen’s and FDISC.
The Centre hosts cultural programs such as Full Moon Ceremonies, a Sweatlodge and workshops in beading and moccasin-, drum- and basket-making. It also hosts feasts and events such as Three-Sisters Feast Nights, Frybread Fridays and the Well-being Circle, which includes a biweekly sharing circle and wellness activities.
Queen’s Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a mentor-support program driven by students. SAGE is designed to increase the comfort level of Indigenous graduate students within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. There are quarterly meetings and an annual writing retreat where you can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.
The Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) is designed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. KIKI seeks to raise awareness and share knowledge about Indigenous peoples. Past events have included Teach-Ins, Visiting Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and a musical concert featuring A Tribe Called Red.