Aboriginal Student Services


Aboriginal & Cultural Support Services (ACSS) has been a part of Lakehead University since 1987. ACSS provides a culturally supportive environment to all Aboriginal students at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.

ACSS works with Aboriginal students to achieve success in their academic goals through a variety of support services including academic, transitional, cultural and personal support. Both campuses have an Aboriginal student lounge, which acts as a hub for activities throughout the year where students can access academic tutoring, postsecondary counsellor visits, study sessions and much more. These spaces offer an open and comfortable environment where students can access a study area, kitchenette and computer lab. In addition, we have a cultural room for individual or group sessions with our Elder-in-Residence Program. The lounge is a home away from home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with a counsellor, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at Lakehead and at ACSS.

ACSS offers many academic services that you can access when you need help. You can attend workshops, book one-on-one tutoring and find support with essay writing, research and computers. Academic counsellors can help you with your university application, course selection, registration and special examinations.

A wide range of cultural services and activities are offered. These include the Elder-in-Residence Program, cultural teachings, smudging, ceremonies, traditional workshops and social events such as the Annual Fall Harvest, the Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) powwow and Orillia Campus drum social.

The Harold Linklater Kinoomaagegaamig Lounge is a study space where you and your teachers can come together to share ideas, as well as relax. You’ll feel at home in the lounge, with its couches, microwave, mini-fridge and coffee-maker.

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