Queen’s gives Indigenous names to 12 campus study rooms

November 2, 2016

Queen's University has announced that it will give Indigenous names to 12 rooms in its Stauffer Library in an effort to increase the visibility of Indigenous culture on its campus and to make these rooms more welcoming for Indigenous students. Seven of the rooms are named after the Seven Grandfather Teachings in Anishinaabe, while five of the rooms have names from Mohawk, Cree, Michif (Métis), Mi'kmaq and Inuktitut languages. “University spaces have not been perceived by Indigenous peoples as a welcoming place where their identity and knowledge is respected,” said Marlene Brant Castellano, co-chair and elder of the school's Aboriginal Council. “The assigning of Indigenous names to 12 study rooms in the Stauffer Library, the symbolic and physical centre of study and learning, make an important statement that Indigenous presence is recognized at the heart of the university.” Kingston Whig-Standard | Queen’s