Graduate Peer Mentors

These current graduate students are planning invaluable support to connect you to IMN-PN and host events in your research community.

If you are looking to plan, help organize or attend an event or want to connect to other students in the network please see the Graduate Peer Mentor at your university to find out more information. 


Jonathan Boron, Simon Fraser University

Jonathan is a Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. His research explores the barriers that exist within Western land and resource management institutions, which continue to perpetuate a colonial power imbalance while oppressing Indigenous participation in resource development decision-making. His research aims to advance the principles of self-determination and self-government through community-based decision-making that values consent in negotiation and agreement-making. Jonathan is of Haudenosaunee (Cayuga) and European heritage from Six Nations of the Grand River and his research is driven by a passion for community planning. He’s always looking for an excuse to go for coffee and to socialize, and is always looking to make new friends so don’t be shy and reach out!



Tanaya Marsel, University of Victoria

Tanaya Marsel (she/her) is of mixed heritage of both Métis and First Nations from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band currently studying on the beautiful unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples in Victoria, BC. She is currently completing her Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Innovation at the University of Victoria. Originally from the Okanagan, Tanaya is passionate about the environment and battling climate change for a more sustainable future. In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring outside or doing beach cleanups.


She is excited to be working with both as a Peer Mentor with the IMN-PN promoting and supporting IMP-PN Indigenous wellness research initiatives, and with Métis Nation BC connecting Métis youth with training and career development in their communities.  



Laura McNab-Coombs, University of Northern British Columbia

Laura McNab-Coombs is a Métis woman who works and plays on the stunning unceded traditional territories of the Lheidli T’enneh peoples in what is now called Prince George BC. She is completing her Health Sciences degree majoring in Biomedical Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her current research explores the experiences of northern Indigenous Healthcare Practitioners working within the Canadian Healthcare system and how they help their Indigenous patients for optimal patient health and outcomes.

She is currently employed as a Peer Mentor with the IMN-PN, as the Indigenous Health Research Facilitator for Northern BC with the BC NEIHR, and as an Indigenous Mentee at the Health Arts Research Centre (NMP, UNBC).



Chenoa Cassidy-Matthews, University of British Columbia

Chenoa is a Nishnawbe:kwe member of Sachigo Lake First Nation (she/her) on her paternal side and a 4th generation settler of Scottish, Irish, and French descent on her maternal side. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia in the School of Population and Public Health. Her research centers the experiences of urban Indigenous young people who use drugs and the dual impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and overdose crisis. Chenoa was raised in a small town near Ottawa, ON and moved to British Columbia to pursue graduate school. She holds a Master of Public Health specializing in Global Health from Simon Fraser University (SFU), and loves skiing, crossfit, reading, and hiking with her dog Kya.


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