Wilfrid Laurier University says its Indigenous centre will soon have a stronger presence on its Waterloo campus.
Lucinda House will soon become the new Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik Indigenous Centre.
The project is supported by the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, Wilfrid Laurier University, Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association, who have joined forces to provide $700,000 in funding.
Lucinda House, built in 1838, is an over 2,000 square foot heritage home, located at Bricker and Albert Street.
"When we visited the current Indigenous Student Centre, we were struck by the deep connection the students feel to the physical space. It provides a true home base and sense of community, despite its shortcomings," said Laura Manning, executive director for the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation.
"The new Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik - Beautiful Place of Learning - will mean more access and more connections, in a space that supports pride and dignity." she added.
Laurier says the new centre is critical to the university's mission to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action by closing the gap in education for Indigenous people.
"Expanding our space is critical to strengthening resources, giving us greater visibility and providing better service delivery that will help our Indigenous students to be more successful in university," said Jean Becker, senior advisor, Indigenous initiatives at Laurier.
The renovations are expected to be complete within the next year.