Indigenous Initiatives

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives assists the Indigenous student population at Lakehead University in achieving student goals by providing a culturally and academically supportive environment.  The Vice-Provost offers leadership in Indigenous affairs and promotes an understanding of Indigenous culture, heritage, and language within the University community, and serves as a liaison between the Indigenous community and the University.  The Vice-Provost is responsible for Indigenous student support services and Indigenous community relations and provides input in Indigenous Initiatives in academic programming.

Phone:     (807) 343-8010 ext 7219              

Thunder Bay Offices and Indigenous Student Lounge:  UC 1007

At the Orillia Campus, the Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator works closely with the Orillia Student Affairs team to provide a culturally supportive environment to all Indigenous students. The office offers a wide range of services such as administrative, academic, individual, cultural, and transitional support. 

Services are available on campus at Simcoe Hall and Heritage Place, as well as through referrals to our network of community support.

Phone:       (705) 330-4010 Ext. 2018
Location:   OR 1019

Indigenous Student Services Centre

The Indigenous Student Services Centre (UC 1007) provides a culturally supportive environment to all Indigenous students who are Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis. The office offers a wide range of services such as administrative, academic, individual, cultural, and transitional support.

The following services are available:

  • Transitions advisory services
  • Elders in Residence programming including traditional counselling
  • Personal counselling
  • Culturally relevant academic, social and cultural activities
  • Copy, fax and telephone service for employment and educational purposes
  • Use of Gakina Nindinawemaaganag Student Lounge which contains light kitchen facilities, a study area, socializing area, telephone for local calls and six computer stations
  • Referral to other Lakehead University services   

Phone:     (807) 343-8010 ext 8085               
Location: UC 1007

Ogimaawin Indigenous Education Council (OIEC) Advisors Committee

In alignment with the University’s Strategic and Academic Plans, the OIEC Advisors Committee serves as a vehicle for inter-departmental communication and liaison with the Ogimaawin Indigenous Education Council (OIEC) on matters affecting Indigenous post-secondary education. Membership on the OIEC Advisors Committee is based on the principle that following LU positions/groups should be members of the Committee:

  • Each Indigenous-specific program, department or position, including Indigenous faculty (the 2003 list includes access programs, Native Language Instructors Program, Aboriginal/Indigenous Education Programs, Dept. of Indigenous Learning and Indigenous Student Support Centre, plus the addition of new positions that have been approved, e.g., the Dept. of Aboriginal Education, Vice-Provost (Indigenous Initiatives), Faculty of Education’s Elder-in-Residence, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Education, Indigenous Community Liaison, plus any future positions as they are approved; and
  • Each faculty (the Dean or designate); and
  • Key administrative positions (e.g., Vice-President Academic, Vice-Provost Student Affairs, Research Ethics Board).

Any Indigenous faculty member who wishes to become a member of the OIEC Advisors Committee should contact the Assistant University Secretariat.

Click here for the OIEC Advisors Committee Membership and Terms of Reference

Primary Contact:

Marcie Morrison, Assistant University Secretary
Phone:     (807) 343-8010 ext. 7949