For First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students

Moon Ceremonies

Some teachings say that when the moon is full, women can do a ceremony to honour and seek guidance from Grandmother Moon.  The ceremony can be as simple as a woman sitting on the earth and asking Grandmother Moon to replenish her body with new energy.

Full moon ceremonies are held in many communities but the ceremony may differ from place to place. It is held either on the Full Moon or three days before or after the Full Moon, depending on the teachings given to the women in a particular community. Women gather in a circle around a Sacred fire, smudge, share stories, drum and sing and make offerings to Grandmother Moon. In some communities, pre-adolescent children attend with the women.   

Full Moon Ceremonies are available for female identified University of Guelph students.  No experience is necessary but because of ceremonial protocols we ask that new participants contact the Aboriginal Resource Centre in advance to discuss your interest and preparation.  Please contact Cara at cwehkamp@uoguelph.ca for more details.

Sharing Circles

These Circles are organized for all interested, self-identified Aboriginal, First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis students.  The Circles may be facilitated by Rob Baldwin, Counsellor and Natasha Young, Aboriginal Student Advisor or by our community Elders and Helpers.

Some Guidelines

There are only a few guidelines for a Sharing Circle:

  • Only one person speaks at a time
  • Speak with honesty
  • Listen with respect
  • What is said in the circle remains between those who took part

Women's Circle

The Aboriginal Resource Centre offers a women's circle for University of Guelph students who self-identify as First Nations (status or non-status), Metis or Inuit. The circle will be facilitated by Natasha Young, Aboriginal Student Advisor.
 
The Circle is a place for students to gather in a confidential setting to support each other and grow in a culturally respectful and good way focusing on the four aspects of self of the Medicine Wheel: mind, body, spirit and heart. There is no fee to attend and meeting time will be determined in the Fall 2016 semester
 
If you are interested in attending the women's circle, or would like to know more about it, please contact Natasha at natasha.young@uoguelph.ca or Ext 52189.

Men's Circle

The Aboriginal Resource Centre is offering a Men’s Circle this fall for male-identified University of Guelph students who self-identify as First Nations (status or non-status), Metis or Inuit, as well as non-Aboriginal male-identified students who work with, or are involved in supporting, Aboriginal community. The Men’s Circle will be facilitated by Rob Baldwin, counsellor and Uncle at ARC.
 
The Circle is a place for students to gather as men in a confidential setting to support each other and grow in a culturally respectful and good way focusing on the four aspects of self of the Medicine Wheel: mind, body, spirit and heart. They will meet every other Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm beginning Wednesday October 14. There is no fee to attend.
 
If you are interested in attending the Men’s Circle, or would like to know more about it, please contact Rob at rbaldwin@uoguelph.ca, or Ext 56224.