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Indigenous Student Centre

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) engages a community of people from a variety of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, backgrounds and world views. We strive to foster a diverse and holistic community based on Indigenous kinship models. Being immersed in an inclusive community helps us to feel connected to each other and something bigger than ourselves.

The ISC is located in the Federal Building at 620 Gordon Street. Come visit us!

People painting inside Indigenous Student Centre
People sitting on couch during smudging inside Indigenous Student Centre
Outside view of Federal Building in winter

Supports for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students

  • Support for your transition to university through START Indigenous
  • Advising and Counselling supports range from mainstream counselling to visiting with Elders and Knowledge Keepers. You can ask questions, talk things through, seek advice, or simply share with someone who will respect your experiences.
  • Financial supports help you to plan your financial strategy for university as well as apply for scholarships and bursaries.


Throughout the fall and winter semesters, ISC hosts a range of activities and events open to the campus community including:

  • Socials
  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Indigenous Recognition Week
  • Treaties Recognition Week
  • Learning Circles and Workshops
  • Movie Screenings
  • Visiting Elders and Knowledge Holders

For more information about ISC's programming, visit GryphLife.ca.

Indigenous Student Society

The Indigenous Student Society (ISS) is a club accredited through the Central Student Association. The ISS hopes to be a source of community and amplify the voices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

Smudging Procedure

Although the U of G is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus, there are provisions for First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural practices. For more information contact Cara Wehkamp, Special Advisor to the Provost on Indigenous Initiatives at cwehkamp@uoguelph.ca.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit students looking for a place to smudge? The ISC has medicines available for your use. Contact the Manager of the Indigenous Student Centre, Natasha Young for more information at natasha.young@uoguelph.ca.

The ISC is located in the Federal Building at 620 Gordon Street. Come visit us!