Indigenous Education

Student Supports

Lambton College works closely with the Indigenous Education Council, Indigenous communities and organizations, and the Indigenous Student Council and Centre to ensure Indigenous ceremonies and workshops are available to students.

Cultural Events

Our Indigenous Support Team offers several ceremonies and workshops throughout the year.

Indigenous Student Council

Build leadership skills and meet new friends.

Visiting Elder Program

Provides a connection to Indigenous identity.

Outreach & Community Organizations

Come for a visit, attend an outreach event or have us come present to your community.

Indigenous Student Council

The Indigenous Student Council promotes and supports a sense of community for Indigenous students while studying at Lambton College. Meeting on a regular basis, they enhance cultural awareness on campus by planning cultural events and supporting opportunities for student connection.

The Council works closely with the Indigenous Student Centre staff and meets regularly to:

  • Plan cultural events
  • Host information sessions
  • Plan and host student socials

Participating in the Indigenous Student Council offers an opportunity for Indigenous students to enhance their leadership skills while meeting new friends. Positions are voluntary and include executive and general council members. This student group is a positive and recognized presence at Lambton College.

Learning from our Elders

Elders have a lived experience that comes with time. They carry stories, teachings, and knowledge that provides a balance to their academic journey. Lambton College has relationships with several Elders who visit the Centre to meet and talk with students throughout their college journey.

A photo of indigenous elder - Marie Short - posing outside of Lambton College.
Marie provides traditional teachings to the Indigenous students.

Meet Marie Short

Marie Short is a traditional Elder from Walpole Island First Nation. Marie is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is a traditional dancer, craftsperson, and practices traditional ceremonies. Marie provides traditional teachings to the Indigenous students at Lambton College.

"It is an honour for me to come here to Lambton College and help these young adults step back in time and pick up those things that rightfully belong to them." - Marie Short

Honouring Traditions

Providing access to cultural events is key to supporting the holistic well-being of Indigenous learners at Lambton College.

Current activities offered include:

  • Elder Visits
  • Moon Ceremonies
  • Medicine Wheel Teachings
  • Sweat Lodge Ceremonies
  • Sharing Circles
  • Round Dance
  • Pow Wow
  • Traditional Medicines
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Beading
  • Moccasin Making
  • Indigenous Language

Have an Idea? Contact the ISC at

An image of indigenous people at a PowWow ceremony at Lambton College. Annual Pow Wow
A photo of Phyllis George in an indigenous education council meeting. 30th Anniversary of the Indigenous Student Centre
Indigenous people at the Outdoor Space groundbreaking ceremony. Breaking ground at Indigenous Outdoor Space

Tours & Outreach

If you're interested in visiting the College, we are more than happy to customize a tour to suit your areas of interest. Personal or group tours can be developed to include the following:

  • Classrooms & Specialized Labs
  • Available Supports
  • Faculty

Larger tours are welcome. Please contact the Indigenous Support Team if you have a high school class, employment group, or an Ontario Works group interested in touring the campus.

We visit high schools, Indigenous organizations, and First Nations communities and participate in outreach events.

A close-up photo of a hand using a ceremonial drum with feathers on it.
A group of indigenous peoples in a pow wow ceremony holding poles.

Sarnia Organizations

  • Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre
  • Native Child & Family Services
  • Little Friends: Child & Family Development Centre
  • Chippewas of Sarnia Business Park
An indigenou woman and her child laughing and smiling for photo outdoors.