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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier is proud to foster a community that embraces Indigenous initiatives as part of our institutional identity. Led by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Laurier has been working toward the goal of Indigenization, a term that reflects the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into the daily life of the university.

Our Campuses

Our Waterloo and Brantford campuses are located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, about an hour from Toronto. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford both have large urban Indigenous populations – 10,000 and 8,000, respectively – and are within a 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities. The Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations are only a 15-minute drive from our Brantford campus. There are 12 Métis councils within a 3-hour radius: Hamilton, ON; Brampton, ON; Kitchener, ON; Midland, ON; Owen Sound, ON; Beaverton, ON; Thorold, ON; Oshawa, ON; Peterborough, ON; London, ON; Toronto, ON; and Windsor, ON.

Land Acknowledgement

Kitchener, Waterloo and Brantford are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and​​ Haudenosaunee peoples. Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses and Kitchener location are located on the Haldimand Tract, which was given to the Six Nations of the Grand River by the British as compensation for their role in the American Revolutionary War of Independence and for the loss of their traditional lands in Upstate New York. Of the 950,000 acres given to the Haudenosaunee (six miles on either side of the Grand River, all the way along its length), only 46,000 acres (less than 5%) remains Six Nations land.

Feature: Leanna Marshall, Listen To The Trees, 2016; photo credit, Laura Paxton

Indigenous logo

Meaningful Symbols

Based on the Haudenosaunee creation story, our logo reminds us of how the first seeds of life on Earth were planted on the back of a turtle. The inner segments of the dome represent the Anishnaabe (Ojibway) Seven Grandfather Teachings: love, respect, wisdom, bravery, truth, honesty and humility. The golden rays of the sun symbolize enlightenment, learning and new beginnings. The Métis beaded purple flower represents the gifts of plant life from the Skyworld, which encourage and sustain life. The entire design rests on the waters of life.


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