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Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) is located in the Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at 151 Athol St. East in Downtown Oshawa. Additional Indigenous space, called Mukwa’s Den is in the Student Life building at the north Oshawa location (closed for the summer). These spaces offer a home away from home for our Indigenous students and space for students to connect with Indigenous culture and resources.

Events and Workshops

Events and Workshops

Find out about upcoming Indigenous events and workshops.
Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Read the Land Acknowledgement statement and learn about the best practices around its use.
Resources and Information

Resources and Information

Access helpful information about Indigenous culture and the university's advisory circle.
Self-Identification

Self-Identification

Learn about how one can self-identify as a member of the Indigenous community.

Our Visual Identity

The visual identity was created in consultation the Traditional Knowledge Keeper, the Indigenous Education Advisory Circle and members of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN), including the artist himself, Luke Swinson.

The bear is a very significant animal in most Indigenous cultures. They are considered the protectors and are the symbol of bravery as part of our Seven Grandfather Teachings. Mukwa in the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) is the word for Bear in English. We felt it was fitting to name the space in the north Mukwa’s Den as it is a small, cozy space and it coincides with the visual identity.

We consider Indigenous students to be very brave and courageous. Many have left home for the first time, often coming from remote communities and families who have had negative experiences with the education system. Acknowledging this unique challenge, we work to support these students and protect Indigenous ways of knowing, cultures and histories - hence the image of the bear.

The visual identity also incorporates a person portaging a canoe. The word Oshawa is an Ojibwe word, which loosely translates to the word portage. If you look closely at the university Coat of Arms, you will see an upside-down canoe, representing the word Oshawa - a component we chose to include in the visual identity as well.