Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre
228 Paterson Hall
Monday to Friday | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Designed in 2013 by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, the Ojigkwanong Centre has become the heartbeat of the Indigenous community on campus. Ojigkwanong was the spirit name of Elder William Commanda and is an Algonquin word that means Morning Star. After the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives met with community members in Kitigan Zibi, Algonquin Elder Peter Decontie suggested Ojigkwanong become the name of Carleton’s new student centre.

The Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre is a place where First Nation, Metis and Inuit students can study, socialize, and participate in academic and cultural programming. It features a medicine lodge, kitchenette, lounge, study space, computer lab and telephone booth.

Ojigkwanong is governed by a code of conduct entitled the Ojigkwanong Agreements. These agreements were created by First Nation, Metis and Inuit Students in order to create a welcoming and culturally safe space that fosters mutual respect among all who use the centre.

The Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre is located in 228 Paterson Hall and can be accessed Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre

Students and staff working in the Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre

After Hours Access

First Nation, Metis and Inuit students can register with Centre for Indigenous Initiatives to receive after-hours access to Ojigkwanong. Students accessing Ojigkwanong after-hours (before 8:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.) are required to use their Campus Card and 4-digit PIN number.

All students who register for after-hours access are required to adhere to the Ojigkwanong Agreements.

Please note: Paterson Hall opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m.

Click here to learn how to set up your campus card PIN.

Register for after-hours access below.

  • Preferably your Carleton email
  • Please submit as month / year (eg: 05/2012)

Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre