Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Indigenous Student Leaders


Stephanie Adams

Stephanie Adams

Huron-Wendat First Nation

Concurrent Engineering and Law Degrees BESc and JD 2021

I grew up in London, Ontario and began my journey at Western in 2015 as an Engineering student. I chose to pursue Civil and Environmental Engineering as my focus, and I am now in my first year of Western Law, pursuing a concurrent degree. I hope to pursue both of my passions in the future by working in Environmental Law and development of regulation. I am especially passionate about developing secure access to clean drinking water on reserves. In my spare time I enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors, as well as with my family, friends, and two dogs.

Dave Montour

Dave Montour

Sic Nations of the Grand River

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Creative Writing and English Literature

Dave Monture is a Bear Clan Mohawk who grew up at Six Nations of the Grand River. He also has family at Akwesasne and Tyendinaga. Returning to Ontario after 10 years of community development work in Kodiak, Alaska, he chose to complete his social science degree at Western. He is now working on an Honors Degree in Creative Writing and a novel. His interests include circumpolar affairs; food security and taking back the Americas intellectually.

“ Do  not be afraid to make all the right mistakes…”

  • From the Journals of the Pine Tree Chief, a novel in progress

Jacob Renaud

Jacob Renaud

Nippising First Nations

Faculty of Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Program

Boozhoo, Jake ndiznikaz waabizhayshi ndodem Nippissing ndoonjibaa anishnaabe ndow. Hello everyone! My name is Jacob and I am entering my fourth year of Health Sciences, honours in Rehabilitation Sciences. I grew up off reservation, so coming to Western University I felt disconnected from my culture. Indigenous services staff and students helped me feel welcome and provided me opportunities to get involved with the community and learn about myself. Upon my graduation I plan on pursuing a masters in rehabilitation science (Physiotherapy or occupational therapy). I hope to one day apply my cultural knowledge as a clinician to create a welcoming environment for all.


Donika Stonefish

Donika Stonefish

Bkejwaanong Unceeded Territory

Faculty of Social Science First Nations Studies and Health Sciences

Boozhoo, Nanokazhing kwe n’diznikaz, Bodewatomi, Lenni Lenaapew niin dow, Bkejwaanong n’doonjiba, Naamaabin dodem

Hi my name is Donika Stonefish and I am Potawatomi and Lenaapew from Walpole Island and I am suckerfish clan. I am going into my final year of First Nations Studies and Health Sciences, once finished I want to bridge the knowledge I gained here with traditional Potawatomi and Lenaapew teachings with in the health care sphere. Indigenous Services has had such a huge impact on my educational journey, from when I attended Mini-University and now help coordinate, to making sure I always have food, and finally creating such a welcoming environment that has become my second home.

Karsyn Summers

Karsyn Summers

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Faculty of Social Science, MOS (Management and Organizational Studies)

My name is Karsyn Summers and I am Wolf clan from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. I will be going into my third-year of my undergraduate program, with an Honours Specialization in Consumer Behaviour. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I hope to continue my education with a Master’s in Business Administration at Ivey. I also hope to encourage future Indigenous students at Western to pursue an education in Business. During my time spent at Western, I’ve relied on Indigenous Services on a daily basis. I’m so grateful for all of the support from staff and students at the centre, they have made it so much easier to reach my educational goals as an on-reserve student.

Kierstin Williams

Kierstin Williams

Garden River First Nation

Medical Sciences Program

Aaniin boozhoo, my name is Kierstin Williams and I am an Ojibway from Garden River First Nation, a small community about nine hours north of London. I am very excited to be entering my second year of Medical Sciences at Western and for all of the new opportunities this year will bring. I have dreams of attending medical school and connecting the teachings of traditional medicine with the knowledge and technologies explored in western medicine. I am so grateful for Indigenous Services and everyone who is a part of it. It was very hard to have moved so far from my family and friends but Indigenous Services has provided me with continuous support, connections, a sense of community, and made Western feel more like home. Through IS, I have learned more about myself, my culture, and the role I play within the community at Western as an Indigenous student. Chi Miigwetc