Welcome, Roland Ginger
Dear Royal Roads University family,
I am pleased welcome Roland Ginger, who is from the Nuu-chah-nulth lands from Huu-ay-aht First Nation, as Indigenous Student Services Coordinator. Roland is honoured to be back as guest to the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families after 20 years. Roland has an Associate of Arts degree with a focus in criminology and sociology, and is continuing his studies online in criminology. Roland will be required to work alongside the Royal Roads family in providing all students with the educational tools for success towards reconciliation and decolonizing practices.
Roland’s role includes:
- Cultivating recruitment of Indigenous students in keeping with annual enrolment plans
- Providing direct support for Indigenous students, working collaboratively with Student Services staff as appropriate
- Delivering and continuously improving academic, financial assistance and social and cultural support services for Indigenous students, on campus and online
- Implementing activities and events that promote awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures on campus and online, including coordinating the annual National Indigenous Peoples Day event
- Administering Sneq’wa e’lun, working to ensure that the house serves all members of the university community–but most especially Indigenous students–effectively deploying space, programming, and services
- Actively contributing to learning for settler students and employees, promoting understanding of Indigenous cultures, history and issues amongst university community members, informing and educating students, faculty and staff and responding to cultural matters as they arise
- Participating as a member of the Indigenous Education and Student Services team and supporting the work of the department as requested
Roland and his wife, Jackie (Métis) have enjoyed many road trips through BC and the US. Their most memorable trip was to visit the Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado and in the ancestral lands of the Puebloan People. They have two small Papillon dogs named Sweetpea and Penny who like to bark at the ravens, cows, and feral cats from time to time.
Please take some time to welcome Roland Ginger to Royal Roads University and the Indigenous Education & Student Services department. Roland's office is Sneq’wa e’lun (Blue Heron House). Please feel free to email him for further information or to book an appointment.
Hay’sxw’qa Si’em! ƛ̓eeko ƛ̓eeko
Asma-na-hi Antoine, Nuu-chah-nulth, Toquaht Nation
Indigenous Education & Student Services Manager, X 4557