Welcome from the Indigenous Student Centre staff! We take pride in 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 Western experience, from acceptance to graduation. Feel free to stop by any one of our offices. We are excited to get to know you.
Specialization: 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 have been at Western for many years. 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
On maternity leave until April 2021
Specialization: Indigenous Awareness Week, Orange Shirt Day, Graduate Student Orientation and Support, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Program support, Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony, Social Media, Western Peer Leaders Supervisor, ISC Website, ISC 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 20 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
Wholistic Wellness Coordinator
Specialization: Mini-University Program, Western Indigenous ViewBook
My name is Zeeta. I’m Bear clan Onondaga from Six Nations. I graduated from Western with an 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 support students during their academic journey.
Director of Indigenous Student Centre
Specialization: Management of the Indigenous Student Centre’s staff, programming and initiatives both on and off campus.
Waynaboozhoo Kitaay Bizhikikwe ndizhinikaaz, waabizheshi ndodem. Anishinaabe/Métis ndow, bezho Mide kwe ndow. I grew up outside of Blenheim, Ontario and I have now called London home for the past 10 years. I am a graduate of Western with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Prior to attending university, I graduated from the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College and operated a business as a full-time goldsmith. Currently, I still work as a professional artist and am completing the Professional Master of Education with a focus on Indigenous Leadership in Education. My experiences as an Indigenous woman with a diverse background have informed my own understanding of identity and the complexities Indigenous Peoples navigate when considering post-secondary education. This has been a great strength of mine in the academic and professional journey.
Specialization: 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 since 1997 in various capacities within the Indigenous Student Centre. I enjoy working with the Indigenous Student Centre Team to offer support and encouragement to all Indigenous students who have chosen Western as their academic path to learning.
Academic Transition Opportunities Program Coordinator
Specialization: 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 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 available here at Western and in the Indigenous Student Centre. 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.
Joy SpearChief-MorrisProgram Coordinator Assistant
Specialization: Indigenous Youth Track and Field Day, ISC Access and Printing Support, ISC Website Support, ISC Online Calendar Support, Indigenous Awareness Week Support, Social Media, Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony Support
Oki, ni tah niko Soopa’ki nimp’oah toot do siikoh’ko toak. Hello, 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, it was through the First Nations Studies Department and the Indigenous Student Centre 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 Mustangs Track and Field Team in the sprints and hurdles, where I was a multiple-time national medalist and a national champion. Before COVID19 saw them cancelled, my dream was to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. I am excited to be a part of the community here in the Indigenous Student Centre and I look forward to helping make your experience as a student at Western as rewarding as mine.