On Friday June 12th, 2015, ten Summer Works Study students from Student Life had the opportunity to assist UOIT’s Indigenous Student Services with their building of a new Sweat Lodge.
The Indigenous Student Services offers a unique opportunity for UOIT students in support of their mental health and well being. Each month the Indigenous Student Services offers a Sweat Lodge Ceremony that any UOIT student can attend. For further information about Sweat Lodge Ceremonies or to register, please email Jill Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
by offering a monthly Sweat Lodge ceremony that can assist with a student’s mental health and well being. It gives students the chance to learn about a culture that may be unfamiliar to them, and helps develop inner growth through participation.
All of the services and iniatatives offered within the Indigenous Student Services are inclusive in their delivery, and all UOIT students are invited to come to learn about the Indigenous cultures and traditions. “Over the academic year, we offer a number of educational and cultural workshops that are related to Firs Nation, Metis, and Inuit cultures. We encourage all students to come out and attend out events, as this is a great learning opportunity for many of our students,” the Student Development Specalist- Indigenous Programming, Jill Treen, explained. “For the Indigenous students who attend our events it’s a great way for them to stay connected to our culture and traditions,” elaborates Jill Thompson, the Indigenous Cultural Advisor.
“Since we were involved in the rebuilding of the Sweat Lodge we learned a lot about indigenous cultures and about the specific ceremony,” Laura McKeown, the Co-op and internship student assistant at Career Services, said about the experience. “We worked together as a team to build the lodge, and learned many cultural details as we worked and were able to ask questions. The ceremony its self was something I’d never experienced before, and it was an interesting way to learn about a culture I had very limited knowledge about.”
For further information about the services and iniativies offered by the Indigenous Student Services, please visit their Facebook page or stop by the UOIT- Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at 151 Athol Street (Beside 61 Charles Street.)