Student Wellness Programs

A red tree in front of Dana Porter building.

Indigenous Wellness Events

We are thrilled to introduce a series of wellness events happening this fall on and off campus. These events are designed to create a safe space for connection, celebration and healing while embracing Indigenous teachings and cultures!  

On the Land with Kathy Absolon 

When: October 20, 2023 | 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Where: Pick-up at EV7 and a bus ride to Synder’s flats   

Interested to learn more about the natural Indigenous Medicines? Join us as we walk through the rich areas of Synder’s flats with Dr. Kathy Absolon (Minogiizhigokwe) as she shares her Indigenous knowledges with the participants on the land. She is an Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation and Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University of Faculty of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study. So come along for an outing filled with engaging and Awe-Inspiring wellness experiences with your friends and peers We recommend you register for the event ASAP, as spaces are limited.

Social Fire 

When: October 31, 2023, and November 28, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

Where: Green Space by United College 

With the winters setting in, a social fire is just the event we need to get going! This beautiful sharing space for students to gather to connect with their ancestors, create and celebrate their ties with one another, and find healing around the warmth of the fire takes place twice on campus. Come join us on the grounds of United College to spend a cheerful afternoon with your peers as we enjoy a fire. Please email with the subject line “social fire” and let them know you are attending.

Spirit Painting with Banakonda Kish-Bell Kennedy 

When: November 8, 2023 | 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

Where: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) 

Come along for an intimate journey of self-discovery through Spirit Painting with Banakonda Kish-Bell Kennedy to find a connection with your inner circle, equate it with your beliefs and values and creative force within you. Register now to spend a vibrant evening at WISC, united college, getting to know yourself and people around you. Limited to 40 students. 

Putting A Good Mind into Practice: An Indigenous-based Mindfulness Workshop 

When: December 6, 2023 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am 

Where: online 

We are honored to have Michelle Thomas (Waosanęgo) help us to explore the profound connections between mindfulness and Indigenous cultures. Learn how Indigenous wisdom intertwines with nature, land, relationships, and the past and present. Michelle Thomas carries a diverse background in education, sociology, business, and healing and wellness. And works very closely with people to decolonize their minds. We recommend you register for the event ASAP as spots are limited.