The Carleton University Students’ Association is proud to announce a name change to one of its service centres. The CUSA Aboriginal Centre – a space for students to explore and celebrate Indigenous cultures – has been renamed the Mawandoseg Centre. Mawandoseg is a word from the Algonquin language known as Anishinaabemowin that loosely translates to “coming together.”
This name change comes shortly after the university’s Board of Governors made an effort to put Indigenous studies at the forefront in the university by renaming the School of Canadian Studies as the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies in June. The renaming and rebranding of the Aboriginal Service Centre continues this revitalization by taking steps to both normalize Algonquin language and acknowledge that the university rests on Algonquin land. Changing the name is a great first step, but CUSA is also working on other ways to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into its programming as well.
This year Mawandoseg Centre will be hosting a number of cultural, community, and nation building activities, as well as continuing educational programming and workshops for non-Indigenous students. New events include Full Moon Ceremonies and beading workshops. The new programming revolves around the idea of coming together and learning from each other, while exploring different ways of thinking and experiencing the world.
For more information contact:
Vice President Student Services
Carleton University Students’ Association
Mawandoseg Centre Coordinator