Carleton University’s Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE) has changed its name to the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives. The staff at the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives kindly asks the Carleton community to use its entire name in all written communication and avoid the term “CII.”
There has been a national move to embrace the term Indigenous as the preferred way to refer to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples as a collective. In adopting this change, Carleton joins the many individuals, groups, organizations, universities and governments, both nationally and internationally, who have chosen to use the term Indigenous.
The term recognizes the shared and separate histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Refining our language and terminology is a way of strengthening relationships and establishing greater connections with Indigenous peoples and communities.
Ojigkwanong, the Indigenous space located on the first floor of Paterson Hall overlooking the quad, will now be called the Ojigkwanong Centre; a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, professional services staff, faculty and community members can gather and learn about the diverse cultures, traditions, histories and worldviews of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
The name change is part of Carleton’s continued partnership with Indigenous communities as they work together on educational endeavours.