Indigenous
Education grad feels right where he belongs

Education grad feels right where he belongs

When Ethan Thomas arrived at Western, he felt alone and out of place. He missed his family and friends, longing for the ceremonies he embraced growing up in Six Nations of the Grand River territory. That soon changed.

Ambtman-Smith, Fletcher earn Markkanen Awards

Ambtman-Smith, Fletcher earn Markkanen Awards

The Markkanen Awards are presented annually to an Indigenous undergraduate and graduate student from Main Campus based on academic excellence; contribution to Indigenous communities; and commitment to Western’s campus community through engagement outside of the classroom.

30+30 adds up for professor, local nonprofit

30+30 adds up for professor, local nonprofit

Thirteen days into his month-long series of triathlons, Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn hit the wall. “I was cooked. I was toast. I couldn’t make it up the stairs.”

Self-policing not working in Canadian sport

Self-policing not working in Canadian sport

Ideally, Sport Canada’s new suite of safe sport policies should be seen as a positive step towards addressing public concerns about harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport. Yet, recent signs suggest the system is failing its victims.

Outreach at heart of new Indigenous Leader role

Outreach at heart of new Indigenous Leader role

Building relationship. Danielle Alcock knows that enjoyable part of her graduate student days will be paramount in her new role as Indigenous Leader in Residence, a newly created role at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

NHL’s culture problems have policy solutions

Allegations about harassment, abuse and discrimination in hockey have rocked the sport over the past few weeks. Yet there is a curious silence as to how Sport Canada’s new suite of ‘safe sport’ policies can help clean up the mess.

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

Brunette-Debassige, White earn Atlohsa Awards

Western community members Candace Brunette-Debassige and Jerry White were named among seven honourees earning Atlohsa Peace Awards for their contributions in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Forsyth book chronicles Indigenous sport, politics

Forsyth book chronicles Indigenous sport, politics

A new book by Western professor Janice Forsyth, Director of Indigenous Studies, tells the first detailed narratives of Tom Longboat Award winners while casting new light on how the awards themselves reflect broader themes of colonialism, self-determination and Indigeneity in sports.

Orange Shirt Day offers chance to reflect

Orange Shirt Day offers chance to reflect

Western’s Indigenous Services held its own Orange Shirt Day today to educate people and promote awareness about the residential school system the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and still does.

Architect named to shape new Indigenous space

Architect named to shape new Indigenous space

Redquill Architecture, led by Wanda Dalla Costa, a firm that specializes in Indigenous architecture, planning and design, has been enlisted to help the Western community shape a new Indigenous space on campus.

Finding ways to share stories

Finding ways to share stories

From an early 20th century businessman-turn-author, to a performer who will rock you, to a legendary country outlaw, Visiting Elder Myrna Kicknosway shares some favourite stories when she takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Project adds Indigenous voice into textbook

Project adds Indigenous voice into textbook

A sociology textbook used by universities across Canada received an Indigenous-focused update in hopes of exposing young scholars to the ongoing issues facing many communities – all thanks to a new Western summer research program.

Education Library circles into Indigenous centre

One of the most remarkable spaces on campus will take on new importance as Western creates a new Indigenous learning and gathering space, as outlined in its Indigenous Strategic Plan.

Insight, inspiration and a little royal watching

Insight, inspiration and a little royal watching

Join in everything from lighthearted entertainment to soul-searching advice for living to even a little guilty please royal watching when Joy Spear Chief-Morris takes her turn on ‘Read. Watch. Listen.’

Program pairs academic, Indigenous ways

Program pairs academic, Indigenous ways

The Learning with Head and Heart program aims to integrate traditional knowledge with research rigour in a 14-week summer program for Indigenous undergraduates.