The Waterloo Indigenous Education Centre (WISC), located at St. Paul’s University College, services the University of Waterloo campus. It strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with WISC staff, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you will find at Waterloo and the WISC.
Soup and Bannock Days are held every Thursday at noon in the fall and winter terms. You have an open invitation to drop by the centre, enjoy some good food and relax with friends.
Craft Corner, held weekly, is a space for students and community members to come out and learn how to make Indigenous crafts such as bead work, jewellery making, dream catchers, etc.
Every year in the fall, the centre hosts a traditional Pow Wow. It celebrates drumming, dancing and other elements of traditional Indigenous culture, and everyone is invited to join. There are craft and food vendors on site, and stations where visitors can drop by to learn about different aspects of Indigenous culture.
The University of Waterloo Directions program invites Indigenous students in Grades 9 through 12 to spend four days living in a St. Paul’s residence at Waterloo. You’ll attend a science and technology conference that focuses on the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical teachings of the medicine wheel. You’ll also attend various hands-on workshops, sit in on special university-level lectures and tour related faculties. Most of all, you’ll get a glimpse of what postsecondary education consists of and has to offer you.