Indigenous ServicesStudent Experience

Staff Profiles

Mandy Bragg

Mandy Bragg

Access Transition Opportunities Counsellor

abragg22@uwo.ca 519-661-2111 x84033

 

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!


Sean Hoogterp

Sean Hoogterp

Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Coordinator

shoogter@uwo.ca  519-661-2111 X 89176

 

Sean Hoogterp is Aniishnaabe from Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Territory.  He attended the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in American Indian Studies.  Sean has experience working in student services at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona in the Admissions department.  He has also worked for his First Nation community at the Walpole Island Heritage Centre under Dr. Dean Jacobs publishing the Bkejwanong News.  Sean has more recently worked for the past nine years at Brock University as the Aboriginal Student Services Advisor and Recruiter


Erik Mandawe

Erik Mandawe

Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator

emandawe@uwo.ca 519-661-2111 x85731

 

Erik Mandawe is a proud urban First Nation man who grew up in Toronto but his family is from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Northeastern Alberta. He is Wolf Clan, and his traditional Cree name is Piyesiwak; translated to Thunder in the Cree language. He completed a Honours Bachelor Science degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto, where he studied world Indigenous and western forms of medicine and their application to the proliferation of health and wellness in Indigenous communities.  Erik has travelled internationally to complete research in socio-cultural anthropology and archaeology in Siberia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is also an experienced professional actor and musician, having filmed with actors and musicians Susan Aglukark, Jean Claude Van Damme, Aubrey Graham (Drake), and others. 


Amanda Myers

Amanda Myers

Youth Outreach Coordinator

aaikens@uwo.ca 519-661-2111 X 86423


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.

 


Candace Brunette-Debassige

Kelly Nicholas

Administration Assistant

kjnichol@uwo.ca 519-661-2111 x85533

 

Tsyolut niyukits, Thayuni niwahkitalot^, Onyota'a:ka niwahkuhutsyot^,Kohslakanen wakaneklatu

Shekoli/Greetings.  Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Kelly Nicholas, 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.   


Genevieve Fisher

Genevieve Fisher

Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Coordinator Assistant  

gfisher8@uwo.ca 519-661-4095 (Reception Direct Line) / 519-661-2111 X 88279 

 

My name is Genevieve Fisher and I am the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Assistant Coordinator. I am a proud First Nations woman from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. In 2014 I graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (majored in Popular Music Studies and minored in First Nations Studies). I am an advocate for education and encourage those around me to always follow their dreams. Throughout my four years at Western I pursued my music career. Although it was difficult at times to juggle both my music and educational career, I had wonderful support from staff, students, family and friends. It is important to surround yourself with positive and encouraging people. I am very honoured to be a part of the team here at Indigenous Services and hope to help inspire our students!


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…


Bruce Elijah

Bruce Elijah

Visiting Elder

 

 

Bruce Elijah is a traditional healer from the Wolf Clan of the Onyota’a:ka (People of the Standing Stone)  Nation. He has also been an organizer in Native communities since the 1960’s. He has a unique gift in being able to sort through the confusion to help people arrive at solutions from within themselves, Bruce recognizes the importance of helping individuals to recognize and cultivate their creator given gifts, which enables them to be healthier contributors to their families, their extended families, their clans, their communities, and their Nations. This will help our societies to return to the self-sufficient wholistic way of life we once enjoyed. Bruce offers one on one counseling, massages, foot soaks, and group discussions.

Bruce’s track record has been excellent and contains many success stories from our people who have found their healing paths, continued their lifelong learning paths and have contributed in many ways in helping their communities.


Liz Akiwenzie

Liz Akiwenzie

NEW 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.