Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

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 2019-2020

Tara the SAGE Coordinator

Tara Hedicans self-identifies as an Anishnaabe (Ojibwe) woman of the loon clan, whose ancestors originate from the Eabametoong First Nation, a remote reserve in northern Ontario. She walks on Earth with the traditional name Azahdaewatquay, which means “strong-hearted woman”. Currently, she is actively engaged in social justice and, an advocate for education, working to achieve the cessation of cycles of poverty affecting Indigenous peoples. Her leadership skills are diverse, including international athletic accomplishments and scholastic abilities as a published author, instructor, and high-achieving academic.


 If you are an Indigenous graduate student at Western and you want to connect with the Indigenous graduate student community please contact Tara at