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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Members of the Laurier community are welcome to share their Indigenous practice with us as we journey through a wholistic wellness approach that encompass the mind, body, spirit, and heart through ceremonies and healing practices.

Garden Awakening Ceremony

The Garden Awakening Ceremony is done in the springtime to awaken the plants, herbs and foods in our Mino-Kummik garden. Led by a knowledge keeper or elder, we gather in community to rejuvenate our plant life and honour the garden in ceremony.

Full Moon Ceremonies

Full Moon Ceremonies are for women to connect with and honouring their Grandmother Moon. Led by a knowledge keeper or an elder, women spend time with each other and their Grandmother for healing, rejuvenation, prayer, song and kinship. They learn teachings around the roles of Indigenous women and two-spirit people, and the role of men in honouring women’s ceremonies. During a full moon, women can talk to their Grandmother and give her offerings and thanks.

Men’s Teachings

Men’s teachings are a time for men to come together in community and begin the journey of playing the Big Drum, their Grandfather. Using teachings from an Indigenous knowledge keeper, men and two-spirit people learn their roles as keepers of the big drum. This is a time for men to sing, pray, learn and support one another.

Elders-in-Residence / Visiting Elders

Elders are respected members of the Indigenous community who hold important traditional and contemporary knowledge and teachings. Laurier offers an Elder-in-Residence program on the Brantford campus and a Visiting Elders program at the Waterloo campus. Elders are available to all students for cultural teachings, one-on-one meetings, consultations and stories.

students in Mino-Kummik Garden

Tsi Tkahehtakon Garden

"It's empowerment and self-sovereignty. When you are able to connect with the bounty of Mother Earth, you're empowered."

– Bonnie Whitlow, Indigenous Special Projects Office


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