Tommy Happynook Jr. Indigenous Studies Instructor
Nuu-chah-nulth from the Huu ay aht Nation.
Tommy Happynook Jr. is Nuu-chah-nulth from the Huu ay aht Nation and his family comes from Cha-cha-tsi us. He grew up in Coast Salish territory, WJOLELP (Brentwood Bay) and is very thankful of the hospitality that his family has received. He began his academic journey at Camosun before transferring to the University of Victoria where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology. When Tommy isn’t teaching in the Indigenous Studies or the Indigenous College Prep programs, he can be found in the Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections, serving as the Elders’ Voices co-ordinator.
Students of Indigenous ancestry feel welcome and supported at Camosun, experiencing a sense of friendship and community that can make a world of difference, especially for students travelling far from home or attending college as first generation learners. By providing appropriate support services, robust Indigenous programming and a significant physical campus presence, we set up a cascade of positive ripple effects. As Indigenous learners learn and grow, so does the college community. Through relevant curriculums and campuses, the potential to embrace and rejoice in Indigenous ways of knowing and being moves Camosun towards a powerful and unified community.
Camosun College campuses are located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. We acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to the students who seek knowledge here. Our name, "Camosun" (pronounced Cam-O-sun) was chosen, as it was an early name for Victoria. It is originally a Lkwungen name for an area of Victoria where different waters meet and are transformed.
Last updated: December 15, 2015 5:08 pm