Indigenous Services (IS), part of the Student Experience, strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with our academic advisor, cultural counsellor or Visiting Elders; meet other students; and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you’ll find through Western’s Indigenous Services. For more information, read the Indigenous View Book, or contact the Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator.
The Indigenous Services space is a vital space on campus for Indigenous students and communities to come together and nurture a sense of belonging. You can visit the centre to access its computer lab, kitchen facilities, lounge area, quiet study space, Elder’s office, quiet meditation room and more.
You can access a wide range of IS Programs and Services:
Cultural and social programming on campus includes Visiting Elders, smudging, drumming/singing groups, teaching/sharing circles, corn soup lunches and monthly dinners/socials.
Recruitment, Admission and Transition provides Aboriginal applicants with supports that includes customized campus tours, presentations and school visits, as well as pre-application, application and admission support
Current student support pairs you with our academic advisor who can provide advice about degree planning, course registration, add/drop dates, accommodation requests and appeals. Tutors are available for a wide variety of subject areas and are available by drop-in or appointment. Our Financial Aid Advisor can help you with financial advice and referrals for housing and residence, along with information on relocation support and child care.
Mentorship and leadership include an Indigenous Circles of Support program that pairs incoming Indigenous students with upper-year Indigenous students for cultural and academic support.
Student work opportunities and skills development help you find part-time work and summer job opportunities in the areas of Youth Outreach. You can also access a Volunteers-in-Progress program, employment listings and career counselling.