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Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

SAGE Western

SAGE is a peer-based support network for Indigenous graduate students at Western University aimed at facilitating transition, retention and completion of Indigenous students in graduate studies.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Coordinator


Joette Lefebvre is of Omushkego (Swampy Cree) descent from Peawanuck, Ontario, and a band member of Weenusk First Nation. Joette is in her first year of the PhD program in the field of Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education. She works under the supervision of Dr. Brent Debassige and Dr. Erica Neeganagwedgin. Joette received a Master of Teaching (Primary/Junior Division) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and an Honors Specialization in Sociology through King’s University College at Western University. Her research interests include Omushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) community cultural educators (Elders, fluent language speakers, knowledge keepers, and residential school survivors) and the intergenerational transmission of Omushkegowuk cultural knowledge and language.

Prior to the PhD program, Joette taught one year of kindergarten at Ma-Tah-Ha-Mao Elementary School in Peawanuck, Ontario, and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Aside from student life, Joette enjoys spending time with her 3 young children.

If you are an Indigenous graduate student at Western and you want to connect with the Indgienous graduate student community please contact the SAGE Coordinator Joette Lefebvre at