Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Visiting Elders

Visiting Elders are here to support students during their university journey. Stop by to say "hi" or book an appointment. Visit our online calendar to see the schedule.

Book an appointment to meet one-on-one with a Visiting Elder, drop-in meetings are sometimes possible. To book an appointment phone, email or stop by to see Mandy Bragg at Indigenous Services, 2100, WSSB.

Liz Akiwenzie

Liz Akiwenzie

Visiting Elder

I am both Ojibway and Oneida. My Ojibway name is “Nistangkwe” (understanding woman); and my Oneida name is “Teyeyato Lehte” (she who reason and sees both side). I am mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, I enjoy woman's traditional dancing, hand drum singing and sharing the beautiful teachings of the Original people of this land. 

I have been working in the helping field for over 30 years. I have a social work background which I have had the honour of working as an Addictions Healing and Wellness Instructor in an Aboriginal Social Services Worker Program, and within Correctional Services Canada, Probation Services, a Sexual Abuse Center, and as a Traditional/Cultural Educator. I am also a Ceremonial Conductor, and a Traditional Helper to the people.

I have gained many teachings over the years, along with doing my own healing work of my heart, mind, body and spirit. My passion is to empower people, so they may see, feel and understand their own natural gifts given by the Creator, and assist them in understanding their feelings, thoughts and how to use them to create a happier and healthier life style. 

It's been almost 40 years of learning our natural way of being in the world. Living in the NOW and enjoying life to the fullest being a Cultural teacher and Cultural facilitator. To assist in awakening all four Nations’ of people to understand our Natural world.


Myrna Kicknosway

Myrna Kicknosway

Visiting Elder

Boozhoo, Aanii, Shekon, Greetings,

My name is Myrna Kicknosway and I am from Walpole Island, Bkejwanong Territory. I have been invited to The University of Western Ontario to assist students and staff in the area of Cultural awareness, consultation and counseling. I will be available at the Indigenous Services offices on a regular basis for one on one, group sessions and/or Indigenous workshop sessions. You are more than welcome to drop by to talk, have tea or make an appointment to visit. My life journey and personal healing has provided me with an ever-expanding appreciation of the knowledge of Indigenous Cultures, Traditions, and our growth as Human Beings and unique members of our kind Creator’s family. Looking forward to meeting you…


Irene PetersIrene Peters

Visiting Elder

Greetings, my spirit name is Kitagaghosekwe of the Turtle Clan. I am mother of 4 remaining children out of 5. I have 10 grandchildren & 11 great grandchildren. My membership is with Munsee Delaware Nation. Because my house burned down in Munsee, my residence is currently at Moravian Delaware Nation. My last institutional education was in human resources of social work at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. After that my first place of employment was with the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians as an AIDS Educator. Since retirement I have accepted positions on various Elders Advisory boards. I also work with youth and enjoy the work. I go wherever called to help with cultural activities (Full Moon ceremonies, Berry Fasts and Memorial feasts).