Elder Skip Dick siting in a lawn chair, smiling for the camera at the annual cookout.

IECC - Indigenous Student Services

Find your way and feel like you belong – with our help.

A journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet. Some of you may be coming from near or far and may wish to seek various supports to enter college and during your studies to ensure successful and healthy time with us.

Indigenous Advisors

Coming to college is a big step. Indigenous Advisors are here to help you both before and after you become a Camosun student by providing educational and financial support. For an initial appointment with an Indigenous Advisor, you can connect by coming into an IECC office or by phone, email indigenousadvising@camosun.ca

Educational support - If you are thinking about coming to Camosun, an Indigenous Advisor can provide information and advice about Camosun programs offered on-campus and in three local Indigenous communities. To help you reach your goals, we'll create an education plan and then continue to offer support once you become a student.

Financial support - An Indigenous Advisor can help navigate through various funding systems, including Band funding and supports for Métis students, and provide advice about student loans and other government initiatives, as well as, possible funding for tutoring. Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen, in partnership with the College Foundation, also offers a number of awards to outstanding students and bursaries to students in need.

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Cultural Continuity

Student Belonging Coordinator

Coming to college is a big step. A Belonging Coordinator provide cultural supports to students who may deeply miss being surrounded by Indigenous culture, or who are just beginning to learn about themselves as Indigenous people. 

Camosun College views any student who is a descendant of the Indigenous peoples of North America to be an Indigenous student. This includes status and non-status Indians, Métis, Inuit and Native Americans who reside in Canada.

You’ll enjoy various cultural activities and events including a Welcome Feast, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Elders’ teachings, the Salish Pit Cook Demonstration, and other events to support your emotional and spiritual well-being. 

Contact a Student Belonging Coordinator

Mask Ceremony

Indigenous Counsellor

Our Indigenous Counsellor, Tanya Kirkland will provide a safe space where people feel comfortable exploring their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of themselves as they navigate the world.

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Elders' Initiative

The Elders' Initiative program ensures that Indigenous students can benefit from the knowledge and guidance from important community members and provide support while they are away from their home communities, those identifying with their individuality and many others are just starting to explore their indigeneity. 

Elders' Initiative provides Indigenous students with access to more traditional mentoring and counselling, crucial to helping students be successful in their studies.

Elders who come and sit in our main office have helped us have a calm and peaceful presence for students in times of stress and anxiety. I have enjoyed their presence in various activities as a means of staying grounded with difficult topics being shared. Elders also help staff to remember the work we do is important and meaningful, especially when we’re stressed and stretched so thin that we forget this. Sekwan Wabasca, Advisor

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