Staff Profiles

Welcome from the Indigenous Services staff! Our staff pride ourselves on offering holistic student support based on the values of helping and serving through Indigenous ways of knowing. We provide various supports to help you navigate the university system throughout your entire experience at Western from acceptance to graduation. Feel free to stop by any one of our offices, we are excited to get to know you.

Mandy Bragg

Academic Advisor 519-661-2111 x84033 

Mandy Bragg

Academic Transition Opportunities Program (Visiting Elders, Tutor Support, Indigenous Leadership Program, Indigenous Circles of Support, Academic Counselling and Advocacy, Work Study, Undergraduate Orientation)

Koola Maalsi! My name is Mandy and I am the Access Transition Opportunities (ATO) Counsellor. I am from the Munsee Delaware Nation, and I have been at Western for many years, now. I am dedicated to creating a supportive and healthy learning environment for you and your peers. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and keeping in touch with nature. Please feel free to drop by, and say hi!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Ashley Kewayosh Samuel

Program Coordinator 519-661-2111 x85731


Indigenous Awareness Week, Orange Shirt Day, Campus Outreach, Graduate Student Orientation and Support, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Program support, Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony, Social Media, VIP Supervisor, IS Website, IS Centre Access and Printing Support, Visiting Elder Support

Waywayni-Boozhoo, I am Great Turtle clan and grew up on Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Unceded Territory.

I am a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. In the past I have taught at the secondary school level. Over the past 19 years I have been working both professionally and on a volunteer basis with various Indigenous organizations, Indigenous youth, as well as with women and children in crisis and in the field of international education. 

I have a passion for helping students and put my heart into supporting them in their university journey. I also support efforts toward making Western an inclusive, welcoming community. I look forward to working with you!                         


Zeeta Lazore Cayuga

Indigenous Liaison Admissions Coordinator 519-661-2111 x88567


Student Recruitment, Admissions, Aboriginal Access Admissions Category, Campus Tours, Indigenous Services Viewbook, Youth Outreach Support, IS Tours

My name is Zeeta, I’m Bear clan Onondaga from Six Nations and Akwesasne. I graduated from Western University with a Honours Specialization in First Nations Studies. During my time on campus, I was involved with the Mini-University Outreach Program, Indigenous Student Association, Social Science Student Council and so many other great extracurricular activities. All of these opportunities and the amazing Onkwehonwe community at Western helped shape who I am today, which is why I am so excited to be able to assist prospective students on their academic journey with Western University. 

Interested in applying to Western? Please don't hesitate to reach out to me to chat!                                                                     


Joy SpearChief-Morris

Program Coordinator Assistant 519-661-2111 x87544


Indigenous Youth Track and Field Day, IS Centre Access and Printing Support, IS Website Support, IS Online Calendar Support, Indigenous Awareness Week Support, Social Media

Oki, ni tah niko Soopa’ki nimp’oah toot do siikoh’ko toakHello, my name is Joy and I am a member of the Kainai Blood Tribe, in Southern Alberta, Canada. As a Blackfoot woman, I take pride in my strong cultural identity. Upon coming to Western University, it was through the First Nations Studies Department and Indigenous Services that I was able to find ways to connect with my community back home. Since then, I have had a passion to pursue Indigenous issues in Canada. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in History and First Nations Studies in June 2017 and am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Political Science. While at Western, I also competed on the Western Track and Field Team in the sprints and hurdles where I was a multiple-time national medalist and a national champion. My dream is to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 100m hurdles. I am excited to be a part of the community here in Indigenous Services and I look forward to helping make your experience as a student at Western as rewarding as mine.




Kelly Nicholas

Administration Assistant 519-661-2111 x85533


Student Nutrition Program, Orange Shirt Day Support, Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony Support, Administrative Support, Corn Soup Lunch Days

Tsyolut niyukits, Thayuni niwahkitalot^, Onyota'a:ka niwahkuhutsyot^,Kohslakanen wakaneklatu Shekoli/Greetings. My English name is Kelly Nicholas, I’m wolf clan of the Oneida Nation located southwest of London where I live with my family. I have worked at Western University since 1997 in various capacities within Indigenous Services. I enjoy working with the Indigenous Services Team to offer support and encouragement to all Indigenous Students who have chosen Western as their academic path to learning.                                                                                                         

Donna Noah

Academic Transition Opportunities Assistant 519-661-2111 x86437


Academic Transition Opportunities Program (Indigenous Leadership Program, Indigenous Circles of Support, Academic Workshops, Cultural Programming, Undergraduate Orientation), Social Media

Koolamalsi, my name is Donna and I am bear clan, Lunaapeew from Munsee Delaware Nation. I graduated from Western University in 2018 with an Honors Specialization in First Nations Studies. Prior to attending Western I attended St. Clair College where I obtained a Native Community Worker diploma. During my five years at Western I became very involved in the Indigenous community from being a part of a women’s traditional singing group and a part of the Indigenous Student Association as Cultural Coordinator, along with many other fun and exciting opportunities that are available here at Western and in Indigenous Services.  My time at Western has been a great experience and has given me the tools, knowledge and confidence to pursue my passions and has opened doors to great opportunities. I am looking forward to meeting incoming students and I hope to be a support during your journey here at Western.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Amanda Myers

Director of Indigenous Services  519-661-2111 x86423


Youth Outreach, Mini-University Program, Indigenous Youth Track and Field Day, Indigenous Medicine Garden, Indigenous Awareness Week Support, Western's REDress Project

Waynaboozhoo Kitaay Bizhikikwe ndizhinikaaz, waabizheshi ndodem. Anishinaabe, Bodewadomi miinwa Métis ndow, bezho Mide kwe ndow. Amanda Myers is my English name and I am a graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies and Visual Art as well as a Bachelor of Education. Prior to attending university, I graduated from the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College and operated my own business as a full-time goldsmith for 5 years. As a professional artist, I work with acrylic paint, stained glass, beads and leather. I have always loved to share my skills with others which led me to a path in education. Through workshop facilitation in southern Ontario schools and in working with the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in the Fourth R program here in the Thames Valley District School Board, I have come to realize that my place is in helping our youth to feel confident in their identity and move forward in a positive direction.