Community and Culture

kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre Artwork

Students come to MacEwan from near and far, north and south. They come from big cities and small, rural communities. At kihêw waciston, we know that leaving familiar faces and places can be difficult. That’s why we host cultural and social events that will help you connect with your new community.

Elders and knowledge keepers

Each month we host an event that connects you to the culture, ceremony and sense of community we have here at kihew waciston. Drum making, elder protocol, stories from residential school survivors and so much more—join us as we explore Indigenous histories and experiences.

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Cultural advising

Our Indigenous Knowledge Keeper/Facilitator supports students and employees who require cultural guidance on a personal or professional level. Learn how to move forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action in your classroom. Participate in student sharing circles. Increase your understanding of Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing.

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Our ceremonial and gathering room is available to students who want to smudge on campus. kihêw waciston staff can provide you with sweet grass or sage, or you are welcome to use your own medicines from home. Whether you want to smudge on your own or with someone else, we welcome you to our space.

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In the community

kihêw waciston partners with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to promote and facilitate Indigenous education at the university. We welcome opportunities to collaborate with organizations to create meaningful and reciprocal change for Indigenous communities.

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Indigenous Students Club

At Indigenous Students Club meetings, you gather for social and cultural events. The club hosts council meetings, corn maze walks, bake sales, movie nights, round dance gatherings and so much more. Join us. 

SAMU clubs


2019 Interdisciplinary Dialogue – Teaching documentary

The 2019 Interdisciplinary Dialogue: ᐊᐦᒑᐦᐠ ᒪᐢᑲᐧ ᐅᓯᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (ahcâhk maskwa osihcikêwina; Spirit Bear Dialogues), in partnership with University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, focused on Indigenous research. With funding from the 2019 Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund, a teaching documentary was created featuring four Indigenous speakers from MacEwan University and University Blue Quills who participated in the Dialogue. The documentary and associated short videos were filmed and edited by Indigenous videographer and former MacEwan student, Jamie Bourque-Blyan.

In this documentary, Indigenous speakers share their views on Indigenous research through the lens of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, as well as the connections between Indigenous research, healing, ceremony and sovereignty. Individual short videos of each Indigenous speaker are included.