Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

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Acknowledging Territory

We would like to acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which Indigenous Services Western University operates. We would also like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.

The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.

The three other longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are:

  1. The Anishinaabe Peoples (also referred to as the Three Fires Confederacy including; Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations);
  2. The Haudenosaunee Peoples (also known as the Iroquoian people or Six Nations including Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, and Tuscorora);
  3. The Leni-Lunaape Peoples (also referred to as the Delaware and/or Munsee).

 

The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to Western University are:

  1. Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe)
  2. Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee)
  3. Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape)

 

Indigenous Students at Western

Western’s Indigenous Services supports a diverse and growing Indigenous student population who come local First Nations communities as well as many others from across Turtle Island. The Aboriginal student population at Western comprises of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students and is estimated to be a total of 450 Aboriginal students.