The Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) underwent a name change to the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives this week.
There has been a national move to embrace the term Indigenous as the preferred way to refer to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as a collective. In adopting this change, Carleton joins the many individuals, groups, organizations, universities and governments, both nationally and internationally, who have chosen to use the term Indigenous. The term Indigenous is more uniting in that it recognizes the shared and separate histories of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. Refining our language and terminology is a way of strengthening relationships and establishing greater connections with Indigenous peoples and communities.
Ojigkwanong, the Indigenous space located on the first floor of Paterson Hall overlooking the quad, will now be called the Ojigkwanong Centre; a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, professional services staff, faculty and community members can gather and learn about the cultures, traditions, histories, and worldviews of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The name change is part of Carleton’s continued partnership with Indigenous communities, as we work together on educational endeavours.