Indigenous Services

Western University’s undergraduate student body is a diverse and inclusive community with a growing Indigenous student population. As you progress through your undergraduate career, Indigenous Services is committed to ensuring you reach your highest potential through culturally-responsive programs and services that foster Indigenous presence on Western’s campus from application to graduation.

Indigenous Services offers a range of services including cultural and social programs, student support, mentorship and leadership opportunities, youth groups, and Indigenous student groups. Our team is driven to increase Indigenous outreach, access and engagement, and is committed to increasing Indigenous student transition, retention, graduation and advancement.

Through a unique and vibrant community of Indigenous peoples and values, Indigenous Services takes a strength-based approach to supporting Indigenous students’ self-determination through its guiding principles.

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence means taking full responsibility for one’s educational journey, honouring commitments, and learning from every experience. 

Balance

Balance involves the establishment of personal and professional relationships, as well as a sense of holistic health and well-being.

Collaboration

Collaboration requires the building of healthy friendships, networks, and partnerships reaching out for positive supports, and working together as a community.

Diversity recognizes the ways in which people differ individually and through social groups, and accepts and values diverse experiences, ideas, perspectives, and values.

Equity & Inclusion

Equity & Inclusion recognizes that peoples’ experiences are shaped by many social factors – making equity initiatives often necessary to eliminating barriers and promoting equal access in education. Inclusive education also recognizes that people thrive when they see themselves reflected in their learning, surroundings, and broader environment.

Interconnection

Interconnection recognizes the significance of every human relationship inclusive of all Creation across seven generations.

Personal & Cultural Identity

Personal & Cultural Identity recognizes and supports the significance of knowing one’s history, worldview, spiritual practices, and finding strength in one’s personal, cultural and community story.

Respect

Respect requires active listening, self-reflection, personal humility, and full appreciation of all living beings within the circle of life and natural environment.