ON invests in Gichi Kendaasiwan Centre at Lakehead 

May 16, 2018

The Province of Ontario has announced that it is investing $10M over three years in an Indigenous learning centre at Lakehead University, the Gichi Kendaasiwan Centre. The Gichi Kendaasiwan will serve as a hub for Lakehead Indigenous students as well as the wider community. The building will include classroom and meeting spaces, a gathering and performance space, support services, and academic departments devoted to Indigenous-specific programming. It will also house technology and resources intended to improve access and outreach to remote communities. “When students travel from far away to go to school, it’s important for them to feel welcomed and at home,” said Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation David Zimmer. “The Gichi Kendaasiwan Centre supports this by providing a culturally appropriate space filled with programs and opportunities for students, families, and community members to come together and practice their traditions while engaging in lifelong learning.” ON