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.

Weekly Programs


Smoothie Monday: Monday’s 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.

Note: Due to Covid 19 and to ensure the safety of our students and staff, this program will begin Monday January 4th, 2021.

Smoothie Monday

Smoothie Monday at the Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre

Tuesday (Biweekly)

Virtual Knowledge Keeper Program: The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives is pleased to continue offering our knowledge keeper program virtually on the second and fourth Tuesday 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 via Zoom from 2:00-4:00 every second Tuesday. Pre-registration is required for online sessions. To register email


Research Support: Martha Attridge Bufton is the Interdisciplinary Studies Librarian at MacOdum Library and she will be offering individual research support in Ojigkwanong from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Note: Due to Covid 19 and to ensure the safety of our students and staff, this program will begin Monday January 6th, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Virtual Drumming Circle: 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 will begin September 16th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required.


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 e



Virtual Traditional Craft: Come join us via Zoom and learn how to make a traditional craft. Teachings will be provided throughout. This program will begin Friday September 11th, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.