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Indigenous Students and Studies Orientation Events

These events serve to welcome incoming Indigenous students and any students interested in Indigenous Studies to the strong community, cultural programming, and student services that exist at McMaster. Through our events, students will be able to connect with one another by sharing skills and building community, while gaining comfort in the spaces on campus.

Indigenous Students and Studies Welcome team in their purple rep suits

Indigenous Students and Studies Orientation

Indigenous students and those entering Indigenous studies are welcome to join Indigenous Student Counsellor, Brittany Vincze and Indigenous Student Success Advisor, Jordan Carrier for an orientation session to learn about student services, scholarships and financial support, pathways to mental health and wellness, and to explore the student space in LR Wilson Hall, which includes a full kitchen, library, smudging space, and study area. Refreshments provided, students welcome to drop-in at any time.

Monday, August 26, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Indigenous Students and Studies Welcome team in their purple rep suits
Indigenous Students and Studies Welcome team in their purple rep suits

Outdoor Movie Night: Smoke Signals

Wear your sweatpants and come to the Indigenous Studies Program Office to meet fellow students, enjoy homemade snacks and refreshments, and to watch the iconic film, “Smoke Signals.” All students are welcome.

Monday, August 26, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Smoke Signals Movie Poster

IS&S x SocSci: Faculty Day

Join IS&S and Social Science for a fun day in the sun on Alumni Field where first years will be able to participate in various outdoor activities such as inflatables and playing lacrosse. Local Hamilton vendors and community organizations will also have booths set up to sell products or provide information.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Alumni Field

Students playing lacrosse
Two students with lacrosse sticks

Soapstone Carving Workshop

Join the IS&S rep team and Six Nations professional soapstone carver, David Paul Thomas, in learning about the significance of soapstone, and carving your very own soapstone creation! No experience required, all students welcome, snacks, refreshments, and all equipment and materials provided.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Outdoor Classroom between Alpine Tower and Les Prince Hall

Students soapstone carving outside
Four soapstone carvings

Cooking Night with Chef Daryl Chezzi

Join your IS&S reps and third year Anishinaabe Social Work student Daryl Chezzi in learning cooking skills and working together in the Indigenous Studies kitchen, to make a culinary creation, inspired by traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee dishes.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Students in a kitchen cooking. There's about 12 of them.
A plated meal from the cooking class.

IS&S x ArtSci: Local Land – Trip to Six Nations

Strategic Theme Event

Join IS&S and Arts & Science on a day trip to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to connect with the largest Indigenous community in Canada, and the one closest to McMaster University. Students will travel by bus from McMaster to the Community Hall and Gaylord Powless Arena in Ohsweken, Six Nations, to learn about Haudenosaunee culture, history, foods, and activities through participation in archery, lacrosse & traditional games, acorn husk doll workshop, Haudenosaunee-catered lunch and discussion on traditional foods, and hands-on learning about Indigenous plants and medicines. All students are welcome to register, with preference given to Indigenous students, Indigenous Studies students, and Arts & Science students.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting in the LR Wilson Courtyard at 10:45 a.m.

Backyard Bonfire, Storytelling, and Song-Sharing

Get cozy by a bonfire for a night of marshmallows, singing and song-sharing with your fellow students! All snacks and refreshments provided, all students welcome.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Two students prepping for the backyard bonfire

IS&S x Science: Faculty Fest Planting Workshop

Traditional knowledge intertwines with Western science: Planting workshop hosted by (speaker TBA) in which students will learn about the importance of many local native plants and their contributions to the environment and biodiversity. Students will get to decorate a terracotta pot and plant their own plant from either seed or sprout to take home at the end of the event.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tent on BSB Field

Baking & Board Games in ISP

Come visit the ISP space for a chill night of baking, board games, and crafting with your fellow IS&S students, staff, and faculty. Upper year students will be present to share advice about classes and programs, with a chance to get familiar with the friendly faces around ISP, and to meet the profs who will be teaching some of your classes. Take a photo at our IS&S photo frame for a chance to win swag! All students are welcome, and are encouraged to bring family and friends. Feel free to drop-in. Refreshments provided.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Students baking in the Indigenous Studies office

Painting Workshop with Aura

Join Aura (Monique Bedard) for a painting workshop in ISP! Aura is an Oneida artist located in Tkaronto, Ontario, and is the creator of the IS&S T shirt design this year! All students are welcome to participate to learn about Aura’s work, techniques, and influences, while painting their own creation on wooden boards. No art skills necessary, refreshments provided.

Friday, August 30, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

A large group of students painting
Three students painting

Meet our Elders: Self-Care Outdoors Kathy Knott

– Indigenous students can join Kathy Knott in learning about pathways to self care and wellbeing in the beauty of Cootes Paradise! Kathy will discuss ways to maintain mental health during the school year, while leading a walk from the Outdoor Classroom through one of the trails in Cootes. Bring your own refillable waterbottle – water station and refreshments provided. Register as spots are limited.

Friday, August 30, 2019

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Outdoor Classroom between Alpine Tower and Les Prince Hall

Tea & Bannock poster.

Beading Workshop

Come to the ISP space to learn the basics of creating your own beaded earrings or other beadwork from a few of your IS&S reps! Amy Thomson (Nursing, Cayuga) and Abby Simms (HealthSci, Métis) will lead this workshop for all levels of beaders – no experience required! All students welcome on a drop-in basis. Refreshments and materials provided.

Friday, August 30, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Beading Workshop Poster. Includes beads in the shape of a flower.