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Resources for Indigenous Students
If you are in crisis and needing support:
24/7 Support Connect is a free, confidential mental health support available for students:
Please call 1-844-773-1427 and/or see website: www.uvic.ca/supportconnect
KUU-US toll free Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717
Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888
Indigenous counsellors and/or nurse liaison for Indigenous students
Student Wellness Centre
Roger John supports students wanting to access counselling services for support and strategies to cope with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, intergenerational trauma related to racism, ongoing colonization and how this impacts identity, belonging or connection.
The library can help with literature review searching, database searching, scholarly resource lists, book recommendations, citation help, loaning media equipment and materials and booking study space.
Email the following contact:
- Pia Russell: email@example.com
Financial aid, Campus Cousins events and/or student support
Email the following contact:
- Jilleun Green: firstname.lastname@example.org
EQHR Human Rights Advisor
EQHR provides students, staff, and faculty with support, resolution options, resources and referrals to anyone who has experienced or encountered discrimination, harassment, bullying or sexualized violence.
The ombudsperson is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for all students and members of the UVic community who is available to help resolve student problems or disputes fairly.
Email the following contact:
- Annette Fraser: email@example.com
Supports within Faculties and Programs
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Email Contact: Wendy Mah
Wendy Mah assists students with issues around administrative (course registration, funding, program requirements, dissertation requirements). She provides student advocacy and leads them to resources that can assist them in more detail (i.e. counselling, student financial aid, faculty members that have experience/expertise).
Faculty of Education
Email Contact: Christine Webster
Deanna Nicolson, Program Assistant, fields student inquiries such as undergraduate or graduate Indigenous Language Revitalization program information (Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency, Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Bachelor of Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Master’s in Indigenous Language Revitalization).
Pam Bevan, Administrative Assistant, helps students with Education programs such as Teaching and Learning Indigenous Perspectives TQS course set, Summer Institute (post-degree program – pending), and on-campus electives.
Faculty of Engineering
Email Contact: Anne Tolson
Students (undergraduate engineering students or those seeking basic information) can contact the Faculty of Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-721-6023. Students interested specifically in computer science programs at UVic can contact email@example.com or call 250-472-5700.
Faculty of Fine Arts
Email Contact: Sarah Riecken
Students wanting information on course registration can contact each department directly:
Pre-admission inquiries for prospective students in the Faculty of Fine Arts can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty of Human and Social Development
Email Contact: Shauna Underwood
Shauna Underwood is the contact for students seeking information on academic support, advocacy, cultural support, crisis support, assistance in applying to HSD, outreach to Elders and community connections.
Faculty of Humanities
Email Contact: Camille Santos
- Inquiries regarding leadership or policy issues for the faculty of Humanities can contact the Dean of Humanities at email@example.com.
- Inquiries regarding undergraduate programs or curriculum in the Humanities, contact the Associate Dean Academic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Inquiries regarding graduate programs or research in the Humanities, contact the Associate Dean at email@example.com.
- General Dean’s Office inquiries or to book meetings with the Associate Dean Academic or Associate Dean Research, contact Humsassist@uvic.ca.
- Inquiries related to the Dean’s portfolio and to book meetings with the Dean, contact the Assistant to the Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Inquiries about support for students, staff and faculty regarding Indigenous resurgence, decolonization initiatives, contact Tri-faculty Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator at email@example.com
- Inquiries regarding communications, Twitter, Facebook or news stories regarding Humanities, contact Humanities Faculty Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Inquires about budget, staff issues, office space, contact Humanities Director Administration at email@example.com.
- Inquires about grants crafting and award nominations for faculty, contact Humanities Research Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty of Law
Email Contact: Zubaida Khan
Zubaida provides direct guidance and holistic support to students in the JD and JD/JID programs, with their transition to, and success within law school. This includes coordinating Elder visits and planning cultural events for Indigenous students. Zubaida advises the Dean on equity issues within the faculty and offers advocacy and support to students experiencing racism, systemic barriers and other inequities. She liaises with OSL, EQHR, and the Office of the Ombudsperson when students require further support.
Faculty of Science
Email Contact: Laura Cowen
Faculty of Social Science
Email Contact: Lori Cretney
Lori Cretney responds to general inquiries to the Dean’s Office from faculty, students and the university community. Students can direct specific questions and inquiries to the appropriate person or department including:
- Course registration inquiries for ANTH, ECON, ES, GEOG, POLI, PSYC and SOCI courses – contact the department offering the course.
- Inquiries and registration assistance for interdisciplinary programs and SOSC courses, contact email@example.com
- Academic advice and support for students in the Faculty of Social Sciences is provided by the Advising Centre for Humanities, Science and Social Sciences, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Admission are handled by the University Admissions Office. Indigenous students are encouraged to contact the UVic Indigenous recruiter David Busch at email@example.com.
Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator: Faculties of Social Science, Science and Humanities
Email Contact: Lydia Toorenburgh
Support and Advocacy for Indigenous students in the Tri-Faculty is offered by Lydia Toorenburgh. She can assist students in Science, Social Science, and Humanities to connect with other students, staff, and instructors, and provide advocacy for students with concerns or conflicts.
Island Medical Program
Email Contact: James Andrew & Meghan MacGillvray
In the MD Admissions office, the Indigenous Initiatives team supports current and future applicants to the MD Program. They answer questions about the application process and timeline, admission requirements, evaluation criteria and supplemental requirements for Indigenous applicants.
Division of Continuing Studies
Email Contact: Tania Muir
Supports for your University Experience
On June 1, a Sacred Fire ceremony was held on campus to offer support to students, staff, faculty and Elders as we honoured the 215 Indigenous children found by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC. This page contains resources and videos related to this event.
Gerry Ambers (ʼNa̱mǥis / Kwakwaka’wakw), Elder-in-Residence at the First Peoples House, offers viewers several ways to stay calm and grounded in these challenging times. Produced by the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement at UVic.
This research project explores difficult discussions of Aboriginal issues that take place in classrooms at the University of British Columbia. Students frequently report troubling and sometimes traumatic discussions of cultural issues in class. These situations often affect their ability to function in their coursework, and even their ability to return to class.