The Indigenous Services Centre
The Indigenous Services Centre is a vital space that acts as a central focus for Indigenous students and the Western Indigenous community to gather and find a sense of belonging within the larger institution. The Centre is housed on the second floor of the Western Student Services Building (WSSB), located in between University Community Centre (UCC) and Weldon Library. Along with housing our staff offices, the Centre provides various services and programs to Indigenous students at Western in both undergraduate and graduate studies to help build a sense of community and find support navigating the university system.
The Centre currently offers an open concept space with the following amenities:
- Computer lab with 10 stations
- kitchen facilities (with fresh groceries available for quick meal/snack prep)
- Quiet study space
- Scent free space
- Pet free space (please note that authorized service animals are welcome)
- Lounge area
- Office spaces
- Counsellor/Elders Office (with smudge always available)
- Free telephone, fax and printing (for registered students) available onsite
- After hours access for registered undergraduate and graduate students.
Indigenous Services is pleased to offer a Community Kitchen with all the amenities to make our students' stay on campus more convenient. Everything in the kitchen is for the use of Indigenous Students registered to the IS Centre, including a stove, oven, microwave, fridge, blender, coffee maker, toaster and all food in the pantry, cupboards, and fridge. Food is supplied through the Student Nutrition Program and brought in fresh weekly. There is also a water purifier tap located on the right side of the sink for clean drinking water.
Keeping the Kitchen Clean
As this is a "Community Kitchen," everyone who uses this space is responsible for making sure it's kept clean and tidy. Please load cups, bowls, plates, utensils, pots and pans into the dish washer, or hand wash after use. Please do not leave any dirty dishes in the sink as we are all responsible to wash or own items. By signing your user agreement form, you are agreeing to do your part to help keep the kitchen clean.
Register with Us
Indigenous students* at Western (including Kings, Brescia and Huron) are encouraged to complete the brief online user agreement form to register with Indigenous Services. The user agreement form is required of all new and returning students wishing to have after hours access to the Centre, printing, and fax use, and must be completely on a yearly basis at the beginning of the fall/winter term. For those students taking courses during the summer semester and wishing to have access to the Centre, a user agreement form must also be filled out at the beginning of the summer term.
*Indigenous students include First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Status, Non-Status and Self-Identifying.
Sign-Up for Indigenous Services Email Updates
Our weekly email updates are open to all Western students, staff, faculty and community members. Through this listserve you will learn more about Indigenous Services events and activities as well as activities in London and neighbouring communities. We also provide financial aid/bursary updates, job postings and much more. You can sign up for our weekly email list serve below.