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Indigenous Resources

Our founding values of wisdom, justice and compassion ground us in continuing to build an inclusive campus while recognizing how we can bring the voice of Indigenous Peoples into initiatives at Brescia. By doing so, we work with our Indigenous students to empower them with leadership opportunities, foster a supportive academic environment and collaborate with their Indigenous communities to create a valuable learning experience on our campus. 

At Brescia, we are committed to incorporating Indigenous initiatives including providing a variety of resources, hosting our annual Cultural Festival to include showcasing Indigenous traditions, serving traditional foods in the Mercato (including specials such as the Three Sister’s Stew and Fry Bread) and building a strong connection to Western's Indigenous Student Centre. 

To get involved, contact Brescia’s Special Advisor to Principal, Diversity and Inclusion, Lissette Ochoa.

Orange Shirt Day 

On Sept. 30, 2020 join us to honour and recognize the survivors of residential schools in the spirit of reconciliation.


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    At Brescia & Western

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    In the Community

    • N’Amerind Friendship Centre - A non-profit organization committed to the promotion of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual well-being of native people.
    • Chippewas of the Thames First Nation - The territory of the Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg, also known as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation are a forward thinking nation with a strong grasp to traditional values.
    • Yeyestase - The Yeyatase Initiative helps participants create their own safe space to protect their bodies, minds and Spirits while reconnecting them with Mother Earth, all of creation and their traditional roles and responsibilities.
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    • International Indigenous Policy Journal - IIPJ is a peer-reviewed, policy-relevant research journal addressing issues pertaining to Indigenous Peoples throughout the world.
    • Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool - Search for bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada, offered by governments, universities and colleges, private and public companies, individual Canadians, organizations and others aimed at Indigenous students.
    • Chelsea Vowel's Blog - Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). She is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence.
    • Indigenous Style Writing Guide - Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. 


Bold Stories

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“I enjoyed my time at Brescia, in particular, the women leadership aspect because in many Indigenous cultures, women were the leaders in their communities and continue to be the matriarchs of their families today.”

Marley Fisher

Class of 2019 
Indigenous Registered Dietitian (RD) at Chippewa Health Centre

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that our campus at Brescia University College is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenausaune, Lenaapeewak, and Attawandaron peoples, all of whom have longstanding relationships to the land of Southwestern Ontario and the City of London. The First Nations communities of our local area include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. And in our region, there are eleven First Nations communities, as well as a growing indigenous urban population. Brescia University College values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations, and all of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island (also known as North America).