Spaces

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives is active in all four buildings of the Lakehead University Orillia Campus. 

Residence Building

lakehead residence building

Office of Aboriginal Initiatives

student typing on laptop in Aboriginal Initiatives officeOR1019 is located on the 1st floor of the Residence Building, past the elevators in the Student Affairs/Social Work hallway. This is a designated safe space for traditional smudging and where you can meet with the Aboriginal Affairs Coordinator to create a personalized plan to suit your goals and needs, learn about local community events and services, or arrange to meet with an elder. 

Maawnjigamig Academic Success Zone

kitchenette area of Maawnjigamig Academic Support ZoneOR1013 is located on the 1st floor of the Residence Building, past the elevators in the Student Affairs/Social Work hallway. This is a designated safe space for traditional smudging and where you can access our kitchenette to use the fridge or microwave, as well as pick up free coffee, tea and snacks. Occasionally we use this space for gatherings and activities. 

 

 

Wellness Centre

Also located on the 1st floor of the Residence Building in the Student Affairs/Social Work hallway, the wellness centre is occasionally utilized by Aboriginal Initiatives as a confidential space for students to pray. 

 

Simcoe Hall

Lakehead Simcoe Hall Building

Alumni Commons

alumni commons couches Located on the 2nd Floor of Simcoe Hall Building, the Alumni Commons is a designated safe space for traditional smudging and where students have 24/7 access to traditional medicines and tobacco tie supplies. For support outside of regular business hours, please see our friends at Security on the 1st floor beside Student Central. 

Traditional smudging for events and ceremonies takes place throughout the campus with at least two days' notice as per our policy

 

Heritage Place

heritage place campus building

Traditional smudging takes place at our Heritage Place campus with at least two days' notice. For support, please contact ai.orillia@lakeheadu.ca  

 

Wiigwasitig Gitigaan "Birch Tree Garden"

Medicine Garden with Tipi in background

The Wiigwasitig Gitigaan is lovingly named after the paper birch tree which looks to the four directions. This area is located behind the Simcoe Hall building and is open for everyone to enjoy and contribute with guidance. We are especially grateful to the students of the Lakehead Farm Club for their help to maintain this beautiful space. For more information or to arrange for a visit with your class, please contact ai.orillia@lakeheadu.ca. The gardens area includes: 

Medicine Wheel Teaching Garden 

Ambe Tigadaw Three Sisters Garden 

Tipi and Fire Pit 

Orillia Community Gardens 

 

Our friends at the City of Orillia also run the Allotment Garden within this area. Individuals and families register for a numbered raised bed in the early spring through the City of Orillia Community Gardens Coordinator. More information is posted here: https://www.orillia.ca/en/living-here/communitygardens.aspx