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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 now erased from this land. With this intent in mind, the Indigenous Circle has been strategically nestled along the boarder of the urban McMaster campus and the lush canopy of Cootes Paradise.  Working interconnectivity with both Indigenous and settler culture, the ‘medicine wheel’ stage and nod to the ‘Two Row Wampum’ is introspective of bringing two separate cultures together. To highlight, in Indigenous culture, the medicine wheel is a symbol that represents the interconnectivity of all beings. Believed by many cultures to be the ‘circle of awareness’ and, undoubtedly, healing, the circle is the agency to make a positive change toward an inclusive future. McMaster president, Patrick Deane, encapsulates the importance of spaces like these when he said: “Where you learn is critical to how successfully you grow as a human being. Whoever sees [the Indigenous Circle], I hope, will understand the powerfully important relationship the university has with the Indigenous community.”

In this way, the Indigenous Circle is an outdoor teaching space used  for performances, ceremonies and meetings but, is also a space used by all faculties, professors and students alike, to teach and be taught.

To book the space or to find out more, please contact the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University.

Access to Indigenous Circle is free to all users. 

Parking rates may apply. 

Indigenous Circle

Directions from McMaster

 Direction From McMaster University:

  • The Indigenous Circle and Gathering Place is located the McMaster campus by Faculty Hollow.

Please Note:

  • Please be courteous to any and all uses of this space by avoiding disrupting or invasive activities. 
  • When biking, please obey all traffic signals and always remember to wear a helmet.