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Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg Indigenous Arbour

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The Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg, meaning “Where Indigenous Knowledge Is” was unveiled in September 2017.

This sacred space serves as a place to sit with ancestors, seek the wisdom of Elders, receive teachings, explore one’s place within Creation and share in peace, understanding and thoughtful contemplation.

It is used significantly, by the students and faculty of the University of Sudbury, as well as those of the Laurentian Federation and by the community at large, for other such ceremonies and occasions in line with the purpose of the space.

To rent or use the space

If you wish to use the Arbour, please consult this page for policy of usage and associated rental fees. On that page, you will find the information under the Policies header: under "Nishnaabe-gkendaaswin Teg arbour" and under "Room and Space Rental Rates and Principles".


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Here's how to get to the Arbour:


For more information on our Indigenous Studies program, click here.



University of Sudbury students have access to several support services on the Laurentian Federation campus, such as those offered by Indigenous Student Affairs (ISA) at Laurentian University. Indigenous student support services are available at the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre (ISLC), located next to the Atrium.

Visit the below individuals at the ISLC or contact them directly:

Indigenous Student counsellor

Cynthia Belfitt
705-675-1151 ext 1048

Indigenous Learning Strategist

Rena Daviau
705-675-1151 ext 3057


The University of Sudbury defines itself by its bilingual and tri-cultural tradition, its Jesuit heritage and its long-standing dedication to promoting the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples. 

Nminaadenmaanaanik maanda e-dakiimjik: N'Sawaakmok te maanda kinoomaagegamik; na'ii enji-zhin'kaadek maanpii N'sawaakmok, nsing zhi-maajiimak miiknan. Robinson-Huron Treaty ki maanda sa zhanda endzhi-kinoomaagziying, endzhi-nakiiying, miinwaa endnakiiying.  Atikameksheng Anishnawbek miinwaa Wahnapitae First Nation pane maanpii bi-dnakiijik. Gchi-piitendamook gonda University of Sudbury enaangoomaawaat Nishnaaben, gbeyiing gewii nanda bi-wiijnakiimaawaat. Metiinyik gewe nminaadenmaanaanik wi gewe gewiinwaa baadoowaat nminaadendaanaa.

Acknowledgement: Our institution is located in Sudbury, also known as N’Swakamok in Anishnabemowin, meaning “Where the three roads meet”. This land on which we learn, work and live is in the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory. We are located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and the Wahnapitae First Nation, and the University of Sudbury is proud of its relationship and long history with the Anishnaabeg. We would also like to recognize the presence and important contributions of Métis peoples in the community and on this land.

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