The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives offers cultural workshops for Indigenous students and provides learning opportunities for the broader Carleton community.

In addition to weekly scheduled programming, there are also monthly events and that include gatherings, feasts, traditional teachings and knowledge sharing.


Smoothie Monday

Mondays can be tough! Start your morning in a good way with a healthy and delicious treat. Stop by Ojigkwanong for a smoothie every Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of our students and staff, this program will resume Monday, January 4th, 2021.

Smoothie Monday

Smoothie Monday at the Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre


Research Support (Virtual)

Martha Attridge Bufton is the Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian at MacOdum Library and she will be offering individual research support via Zoom, every Wednesday (as of September 30th) from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To book an appointment, email

Virtual Drumming Circle (Virtual)

Join us virtually from the comfort of you home via Zoom. Learn and share songs, making friends and having a great time. Whether you are new to drumming or have been singing for years – all Indigenous students are welcome. This program began September 9th, 2020 and runs from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration is required.


Virtual Knowledge Keeper Program

The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is pleased to continue offering our knowledge keeper program virtually on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Teachings will be shared by Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) and other invited guests. This program is open to the entire Carleton community and will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. via Zoom every second Thursday. Pre-registration is required for online sessions.

To register, email

Virtual Beading Drop-in

Our weekly beading drop-in is instructed by Vanessa Cyr our Indigenous Programs Officer. Vanessa has a great appreciation of Indigenous artistic traditions and the part beadwork plays in art and health and wellbeing. Drop-in virtually to learn about beadwork and meet new people.

Whether you’re an advanced beader or just a beginner and looking to learn – everyone is welcome. Weekly virtual beading session are every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required.

To register, email


Virtual Traditional Craft

Come join us via zoom and learn how to create and make a traditional craft. Teachings will be provided throughout. This program will be on the last Friday of every month until April 2021, starting Friday, September 25th, 2020. Pre- registration is required three weeks before program. This will allow us to mail you the supplies you will need to make The traditional craft.

To register, email