Office of Aboriginal Initiatives

Senior Advisor: Jean Becker,, ext. 4084
Aboriginal Student Support Co-Ordinator (Brantford campus): Bonnie Whitlow,, ext. 5884
Aboriginal Student Support Co-Ordinator (Waterloo campus): Melissa Ireland,, ext. 4190
Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Retention Officer: Kandice Baptiste,, ext. 4312
Brantford Location: 11 Darling Street, Brantford
Waterloo Location: 187 Albert Street, Waterloo
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives offers a wide range of supportive, holistic, cultural and academic programming. We are committed to fostering a positive student experience for all Aboriginal students: First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Inuit, and Mιtis persons. We also provide education, awareness, resources and training regarding Aboriginal culture to all students, faculty and staff. Our services assist Aboriginal students from the application process through to graduation:

•    Access to smudging
•    Community outreach
•    Scholarship and Bursary assistance
•    Computer and wifi access
•    Quiet study room
•    Admissions assistance
•    Visiting Elders program
•    SEEDS program
•    Resources for faculty and staff
•    Academic and personal counseling
•    Advocacy and referrals
•    Regular gatherings and feasts
•    Resource library