Six Nations of the Grand River

Faculty of Health Sciences, Health Studies

PaulSge:no! My name is Paul Porter, and I am Mohawk Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. I am the second oldest of eight boys and have many nieces and nephews. I graduated from Fanshawe College with General Arts and Sciences, and I am now in the third year of my undergraduate studies at Western doing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. I am currently working with Norman Hunër and Beth Szyszka in the Biology Department conducting research on psychrophilic algae, plant life that grows optimally in very cold conditions. I have recently been co-authored on my very first publication ever! Other than my academics, I am a Youth Mentor with the Mini University Program and an executive member with the Indigenous Student Association. Without support from the Indigenous Student Centre I would not have been as successful in my transition to Western from Fanshawe or have been introduced to my fantastic supervisor. I want to create more safe spaces on campus for future Indigenous students to come and be successful in research and academics. My biggest goal is to be a good role model for my younger brothers and the rest of my family, and  I plan to continue my research hopefully and also study law or health policy in the future.