Indigenous Graduate Peer Mentors

Working closely with the BC NEIHR Network Coordinator, our Indigenous Grad Peer Mentors engage other Indigenous students in our Network at their home universities. They each help Indigenous students connect with the BC NEIHR and help facilitate BC NEIHR networking, mentorship and research training events. Reach out to the Peer Mentor at your university to learn more!

If you are interested in becoming an Indigenous Graduate Peer Mentor at UBC or UNBC, please contact the Network Coordinator at

Austin Basso- SFU

Austin Basso (he/him) was born and raised in the small town of Oliver, British Columbia on unceded Sylix territory. Austin is of mixed ancestry, Ts’msyen from the Gitga’at First Nation of Hartley Bay, and Italian from San Giovanni di Casarsa in the province of Pordenone, Italy. He has completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics while minoring in Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and is currently just starting a Master of Science in Indigenous Population Health at Simon Fraser University. Austin’s research interests and passions are inclusive of, but not limited to; Indigenous health and wellness, implementing Indigenous perspectives into policy and legislation, community health programming and delivery, the practice of cultural safety and humility, and utilizing the methodology of Two-Eyed Seeing.  Austin is currently residing as an uninvited guest on the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories.

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Estelle Carmona – UVic


Estelle is Coast Salish from her mother’s side and Mexican from her father’s side. She has two beautiful daughters, graduated with a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of IGOV at UVic. Her research interests are Indigenous Law and Indigenous Feminism. You can find her cycling, hiking, and enjoying beach walks in her free time.

Estelle is from Shishalh Nation located in Chat’lich, which is also known as Sechelt, B.C., and is currently residing as a visitor on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and lək̓ʷəŋən peoples.

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Laura McNab-Coombs – UNBC


Laura McNab-Coombs is a Métis woman whose roots on her fathers’ side run deep in Battleford Saskatchewan, while those of her mothers’ are of settler ancestry (England). Laura is completing her Health Sciences degree majoring in Biomedical Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is currently employed with the BC NEIHR as an Indigenous Health Research Facilitator for both the Interior and North, thus dividing her time between the unceded ancestral territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Lheidli T’enneh (Dakelh) peoples.

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