Indigenous Students

Indigenous students represent about 10% of our student population. We have a higher percentage of Indigenous students and faculty than provincial and national averages.

We’re proud to offer Indigenous students culturally-rich events, activities, supports and services, including student exchanges, employment, counselling services, an Elder-in-Residence, traditional ceremonies, guest speakers and opportunities to participate in workshops, conferences, traditional gatherings, and more.

Indigenous Student Orientation

 As a first-year Indigenous student, you will be able to move into your residence room a day early. You will also be invited to participate in an orientation event that allows you to meet upper-year students who’ve gone through what you will be going through during your first weeks.

Wabanaki Student Centre

A culturally and spiritually rich environment for academic and personal support, the Wabanaki Student Centre serves as a daily starting point for many Indigenous students at St. Thomas. Whether it is to have a coffee, finish an assignment, or relax with friends, the centre is a home away from home. The space includes a small kitchenette and is decorated with Indigenous artwork and photos that reflect the history of First Nations in New Brunswick.

Indigenous Student Services

Miigam’agan

Elder-in-Residence

miig@stu.ca

Miigam’agan provides support to Indigenous students and acts as an important link between the university and First Nation communities.


“My role is to offer support, drawing from our cultural values and working to create a sense of community for First Nation students."


 

 

 

Wendy Matthews
Student Counsellor

wendym@stu.ca

Wendy strives to provide a supportive and nurturing experience for students by bringing both Indigenous and western knowledge and experience to her counselling approach.


“I have deep appreciation towards holistic wellness which has encouraged a counselling approach that not only values talk therapy, but also considers the importance of activities and behaviours that nurture the ‘whole’ person.”


 

 

 

Trenton Augustine
Indigenous Student Services Coordinator 

trentona@stu.ca

Trenton supports and provides guidance to Indigenous students making the transition to university.

“I want to create a welcoming environment that incorporates and celebrates Indigenous culture, and provides opportunities for students to get to know each other and learn more about their culture. I am excited to help build and create that home away from home for Indigenous students at STU.”