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, Métis 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.