Visiting Elders

Visiting Elders are here to support students during their university journey. Stop by to say "hi," for a drop-in meeting or to book an appointment to meet one-on-one. You can book an appointment by phone, email, or with Mandy Bragg at the Indigenous Student Centre.

To see which day the Visiting Elders will be on campus, visit our calendar.


Myrna Kicknosway

Myrna KicknoswayBoozhoo, Aanii, Shekon, Greetings. My name is Myrna Kicknosway and I am from Walpole Island, Bkejwanong Territory. I have served as a Visiting Elder with Western University’s Indigenous Student Centre and Indigenous Postsecondary Education Council for more than 10 years. My life journey and personal healing offer me an ever-expanding appreciation of Indigenous knowledges, traditions, and our capacity as human beings to grow and transform. I am available to meet one-on-one with individuals and work within groups to share Indigenous knowledge and teachings.

Irene Peters

Irene petersGreetings, my spirit name is Kitagaghosekwe of the Turtle Clan. I am a mother of 4 remaining children out of 5. I have 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. My membership is with Munsee Delaware Nation. Because my house burned down in Munsee, my residence is currently at Moravian Delaware Nation. My last institutional education was in human resources of social work at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. After that my first place of employment was with the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians as an AIDS Educator. Since retirement I have accepted positions on various Elders Advisory boards. I also work with youth and enjoy the work. I go wherever called to help with cultural activities (Full Moon Ceremonies, Berry Fasts and Memorial feasts).