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Indigenous Student Services

Fostering community and enriching the learning experience

Work by 2010 Photography Medal Winner Meryl McMaster

All Indigenous students are supported by the Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) office, regardless of what program you are registered in at OCAD University. At the INVC office (4th floor, 113 McCaul Street), you will find traditionally-inspired, culturally-relevant services, resources, events and activities that build community and engage all OCAD U students, faculty and staff.


Counsellor Ken Syrette provides counselling services to all OCAD U students. The services are accessible and responsive to issues relating to gender, race, age, culture, abilities, sexual orientation, income and faith. Ken is available for walk-ins Tuesday through Thursday 9am-5pm or by appointment. To book an appointment contact Melissa General at 416-977-6000 ext. 2261 or or the Health and Wellness Centre at 416-977-6000 ext. 260 or or stop by the INVC office in person.


Mentor/Advisor David General offers mentoring for all OCADU students. He is an accomplished sculptor, very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics and a great resource to students looking for guidance, help with your art practice or finding direction. He is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Indigenous Visual Culture Office.

Academic Support

Writing and Learning Consultant Lisa Myers provides support in writing and academic skills for Aboriginal students. One-to-one tutoring is available on-site in the INVC office on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Make an appointment in advance or drop by and chat with us in person. To book an appointment, contact Melissa General at 416-977-6000 ext. 2261 or or the Writing & Learning Centre at 416-977-6000 ext. 229 or These services are offered by the WLC in collaboration with the INVC. Check out the WLC website for the full tutoring schedule, workshops and other resources.

Ongoing Events

Weekly Buffalo Stew Lunch

Come socialize over a delicious lunch held every Wednesday from 12 to 2 pm in the INVC Office (room 1401 in 113 McCaul.)

Bead & Read

Bead & Read is a drop-in craft circle where we share ideas. Bring your readings and learn beading techniques. Find connections between ideas and art practices. We supply materials for beading.

Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm
Indigenous Visual Culture Program office
Room 1401, Level 4, 113 McCaul Street.

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Indigenous Visual Cultural Office

113 McCaul Street, Level 4