Our Waterloo and Brantford campuses are located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, about an hour from Toronto. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford both have large urban Aboriginal populations – 10,000 and 8,000, respectively – and are within a 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities. The Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit Frist Nations are only a 15-minute drive from our Brantford campus. Kitchener-Waterloo also has an airport, VIA Rail and bus transit, allowing for easy travel if you’re a little further from home.
You will find an Aboriginal Student Centre on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. These centres serve not only as places where Aboriginal students can connect with their heritage, but also as places of education for the broader Laurier community. All are welcome to our community medicinal and vegetable gardens, soup and frybread lunches, Aboriginal Awareness Week and other cultural programming hosted throughout the year.
Our Waterloo and Brantford Aboriginal Student Centres offer a range of services designed to support academic success and engage cultural connections. These services include:
Waterloo and the surrounding area historically served as a hunting ground for the Mississauga Indians. The British loyalists that migrated north following the American Revolution (1775 to 1783) included people of the Six Nations who were granted land in the area, known as the Haldimand Tract. Captain Joseph Brant, acting on behalf of the Six Nations, later arranged the sale of a large portion of this land, some of which became the present day Region of Waterloo.
The Brantford campus is also located within the Haldimand Tract. There is evidence that this territory was used by Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe.
Based on the Haudenosaunee creation story, our logo reminds us of how the first seeds of life on Earth were planted on the back of a turtle. The inner segments of the dome represent the Anishnabe (Ojibway) Seven Grandfather Teachings: love, respect, wisdom, bravery, truth, honesty and humility. The golden rays of the sun symbolize enlightenment, learning and new beginnings. The Métis beaded purple flower represents the gifts of plant life from the Skyworld, which encourage and sustain life. The entire design rests on the waters of life.
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