The Indigenous Studies Program (ISP) Office strives to be a home away from home for Aboriginal 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 will find at McMaster and the Indigenous Studies Office.
The ISP Office acts as your guide on campus and in the greater Hamilton community. If you’re a First Nations, Métis or Inuit student, the coordinator will help you through the application process and the transition to postsecondary studies. She can also help you navigate other McMaster services and opportunities such as academic advising; scholarships and bursaries or student wellness.
The ISP Office provides ongoing assistance and support to incoming and current students. This support includes academic, practical and culturally appropriate advising.
Every academic term, the program also invites a Visiting Elder to share their cultural knowledge with the campus community. Refreshments are provided during these monthly workshops, and all are welcome.
You can participate in Writing Skills Workshops twice annually, both at Six Nations Polytechnic and at McMaster, if you need help with research or writing a paper.
The ISP Student Library offers hundreds of titles in the areas of Indigenous Knowledge, research and language, as well as DVDs and language CDs that you can borrow. A research librarian from 1 of the campus libraries also offers students research-related assistance 2 hours every week.
The ISP Office is home to the ISP Student Lounge. The room is equipped with a flat screen TV, a DVD player, computers, a printer and Internet access. You can use this space to study, hold a meeting or just take a break.
One day each week, you can get delicious free soup for students. Soup days coincide with the weekly meetings of the McMaster First Nations Students Association.