Queen's Student Alumni Association (QSAA) chooses a fund in need of support every year for their Tricolour Giving Initiative and raises support throughout the year to make a gift to help inspire philanthropic giving among students.
This year, QSAA chooses to support two funds for their Tricolour Giving Initiative, the Indigenous Initiatives Fund and Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre. QSAA selected these funds for their focus on education, diversity, and inclusion.
The donations raised will contribute to the QSAA's goal of improving the quality of life for Indigenous Queen's students, and increase the impact of Indigenous education at the university.
Indigenous Initiatives Fund
The Faculty of Education at Queen’s University hosts and executes Indigenous-education and community-centred events year-round, with the goal of building community, advancing reconciliation/conciliation, and integrating Indigenous values into university life. Contributing towards a diverse set of projects and activities that enrich and empower Indigenous teaching and programming at Queen’s University, your donations will be applied to the Elder-in-Residence, Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP), or the Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE). They may also contribute to various events, faculty research, and student bursaries.
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC) is a home away from home for the more then 450 Indigenous students studying at Queen's. We aim to provide holistic support services for Indigenous students that includes academic assistance, financial aid, and cultural programming.
FDISC provides an emergency bursary for Indigenous students who incur unexpected expenses during their studies. We facilitate this confidential process to ensure that Indigenous students have access to funding quickly and smoothly so they can return to focus on their studies. We appreciate all the support for this unique fund and know that the students who benefit from it do too.
Convocation is a special time for all students, especially Indigenous students at Queen's. At Four Directions we honour this accomplishment by presenting each student with a Pendleton blanket as they cross the stage. When students are struggling through final exams we often hear them say that they can't wait to finish to be gifted on stage. Your support will ensure that this unique Queen's tradition continues for many more students and their families.