The Indigenous Circle or Karahakon Kateweienstha (Learning in the Forest) in Mohawk, and Nibwaajkaawin Teg (Place of Wisdom) in Ojibway, was created under the guidance of McMaster’s Indigenous Education Council as a space for learning, reconciliation and the remembrance of Indigenous people and the histories of this land.
The Indigenous Circle is bordered by both the McMaster campus and the lush canopy of Cootes Paradise. The space features tired stone arranged around a stage in the form of a medicine wheel, a symbol that represents the interconnectivity of all beings. Plantings in the space were sourced from Six Nations of the Grand River. The area demonstrates the role nature and outdoor spaces play in teaching and learning and signifies the importance of Indigenous knowledge to the growth of the McMaster community.