Indigenous Services

Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, a Place of New Beginnings

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With the support of Elders, we named Indigenous Services Be-Dah-Bin Gamik. This Anishinaabek phrase translates to a Place of New Beginnings, representing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual work we do to embody the teachings that come with holding space for new beginnings.

We provide academic and cultural services and support for Indigenous students at Conestoga, including First Nations (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit. Students reconnecting to their Indigenous identities can attend our events and access Be-Dah-Bin Gamik services.

Non-Indigenous students are welcome to attend our campus-wide community events and workshops in collaboration with various departments.

Our commitment to Indigenous students

At Be-Dah-Bin Gamik, we support Indigenous students through culturally informed services and programs as well as prioritize land-based supports.

Be-Dah-Bin Gamik is where Indigenous (First, Nations, Metis, and Inuit) students, college employees, and their guests can gather to study, access technology, and socialize. We live in relationship with the land through teaching gardens, land-based teachings, and increased access to land-based activities.

By integrating Indigenous knowledge and practices into all aspects of college life, we empower Indigenous students to thrive and shine on campus and within their communities.

Be-Dah-Bin Gamik locations

Kitchener - Doon campus: 2A601 (main level, A wing) (pdf map
Waterloo campus: 1F08 (beside Tim Hortons) (pdf map)

Student programming & events

The services, programming and events below are reserved for Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) students. Sign up for email updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for monthly schedules.

Elders in Residence

Elders in Residence

Every week, Elders from various nations share their Indigenous wisdom, skills, language, and cultural heritage with students.

Weekly lunches

Weekly lunches

Join us every Wednesday for a free warm lunch in a community setting—no registration needed.

Workshops and land based education

Workshops & land-based education

We provide various Indigenous-led workshops and learning opportunities in a welcoming environment that encourage connecting with others and enhances your college experience.

Indigenous student success

Indigenous student success

We provide Indigenous-led services and support, including accessible learning, mental health and wellness support, and help you understand the college’s policies and procedures.

Healing garden

Healing Garden

A land-based educational space to help us learn how to live-in-relationship with the land. This project is cared for by Weejindamaan Project, Be-Dah-Bin-Gamik and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Volunteer & engagement opportunities

Volunteer & engagement opportunities

Be-Dah-Bin Gamik offers a range of volunteer and engagement opportunities for Indigenous students and employees, which are shared through our social media accounts.
Bursaries & scholarships

Bursaries & scholarships

Bursary and scholarship information is shared via our social media accounts. We host workshops each term to help students  with the application process.
Book an appointment with us

Book an appointment with us

Current students can book an appointment with our Indigenous student wellness advisor by emailing

Community events

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Be-Dah-Bin-Gamik and Conestoga welcome the community to join us at our annual events.

Indigenous Circle

We collaborate closely with CSI’s Indigenous Circle, a working group dedicated to supporting Indigenous students by offering relevant, timely, and informative student engagement initiatives.