Indigenous Education & Student Services

Indigenous Education & Student Services


Megan Clarkson, RRU BBA Indigenous Student, has accepted a short term, Indigenous cultural events assistant position in IESS to support Asma-na-hi with the upcoming planning and implementing, Sneq'wa e'lun Canoe Races on Wednesday, June 21 to honor National Indigenous (Aboriginal) Day! This year's event will be co-hosted with Butch Dick (Songhees) and Asma-na-hi, Indigenous education & student services, and we hope to see you there! Megan is working diligently to get final details for marketing this event to the community. Watch for updates and ways to get involved!

RRU Library Button Blanket Project
Beginning in June, we will welcome Maxine Matilpi from Kalugwis, the center of Kwakwakawakw territory, who will facilitate and teach about the making and the history of button blankets, a traditional art form of the Kwakwakawakw people. Rosie and Asma-na-hi have partnered on this project and met with Maxine earlier this week to discuss design. As a result of the Library renovations, the Library has gained a wonderful central wall space where Rosie thought of the idea to place a button blanket or button wall hanging. Together, Rosie and Asma decided that the project can be an educational tool wherein Royal Roads community members will be invited to assist in the creation of the button blanket. Staff, faculty, and students will have the opportunity to come in and meet Maxine and hear about the traditional teachings plus help sew one or two of the thousands of buttons that will form the design. Stay tuned for more details about how you can participate in the near future!

Indigenous Graduation Mini-Ceremony
Monday, June 12, 3 p.m., Sneq'wa e'lun (BHH). This celebration is to honour the Indigenous & Metis students convocating in June with a small ceremony and words shared by the executive committee, faculty, staff, and our Elders. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to Asma-na-hi.

Indigenous Cultural Training
Between November 2016 to February 2017, IESS offered a blended learning opportunity for faculty and staff to register for Indigenous cultural training to raise awareness across the university about what it means to take an Indigenous perspective in the work that we do. IESS objective was to systemically undertake Indigenization and reconciliation in a way that is real and sustainable. The first group of 75 faculty and staff registered for an online learning course through the Indigenous Corporate Training Ltd. and then registered for two half-day workshops offered by Wedlidi Speck and David Stevenson. Bob Joseph from ICT, also provided a morning session for participants to meet, greet and ask questions pertaining to Indigenous relationships, culture and education. The second group of 25 faculty and staff registered with the Provincial Health Services Authority Sanyas Indigenous Cultural Safety Online Training Program and then registered for a one-day workshop offered by Wedlidi Speck and David Stevenson. The results were outstanding and learning was amazing. For all who participated, please watch for a survey coming soon to gather feedback about this training. We do hope to offer another training session in the near future.

Ways we can acknowledge the traditional lands:

  • Include this statement in your email signature: Traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) families.
  • Include this PowerPoint presentation at the beginning of your program, presentations or events, or feel free to invite Asma-na-hi Antoine to provide a traditional welcome approved by Chief Thomas of Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) Nation and Chief Sam of Lkwungen (Songhees) Nation.
  • Listen to RRU IESS Traditional Chief's Welcome (O:\Staff\Indigenous Education\Public) - click "play" to hear Chief Sam's audio recording. It is also encouraged for faculty and staff to share with students.
  • Contact Asma-na-hi Antoine via email or telephone on how to acknoweldge the traditional lands.

Indigenous Education & Student Services offers a wide variety of different support, guidance and advice to the institutions faculty, staff and students, including:

  • Indigenous education - facilitating workshops, providing teachings in classroom, group, or individual setting; assisting and guiding curriculum development; bringing in guest speakers.
  • Indigenous & Metis Student Services by providing academic, financial and cultural support.
  • Fielding and answering calls for potential new Indigenous & Metis students.
  • Indigenous research as an assistant, committee member and advisor; member of the Research Ethics Board.
  • On-going working relationships with the local nations (Esquimalt, Songhees, Beecher Bay, Sooke, and Saanich Nations)
  • Communicating and planning schedules between the members of the RRU Elders Circle and RRU community.
  • On-going working relationships with the Office of Student Success to assist and support RRU Indigenous & Metis students with up-to-date scholarship and bursaries.

Plus, so much more.

If you have any questions or ideas for Indigenous Education & Student Services, please feel free to contact Asma-na-hi Antoine via email or telephone.

All my relations!

Hay’sxw’qa Si’em!      

ƛ̓eeko ƛ̓eeko

Asma-na-hi Antoine, Nuu-chah-nulth, Toquaht Nation

Indigenous Education & Student Services Manager  

Sneq’wa e’lun (Blue Heron House)

T. 250.391.2600 ext 4557 | C. 250.881.5734 | E.

Traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) families.