New Indigenous office at UNB Saint John

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UNB Saint John has opened a new office for Indigenous students. The campus has recruited an Indigenous Advisor who is able to provide counselling and advising services to students who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis.

(Todd Ross/UNB)

What can an Indigenous Advisor help with?

The Indigenous Advisor position has been formed to conduct assessments and recommendations on how UNB Saint John can provide better services and opportunities to the Indigenous population on campus. The office also collaborates with the Mi’kmaq- Wolastoqey Centre in Fredericton and UNB Saint John’s Student Services to provide career advising, experiential learning help, and build connections.

Goal of the office

The campus is collaborating with Indigenous communities and partners to address gaps and create opportunities for programs in the region as part of their Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan. The new office will help the Indigenous population on campus feel more valued and, as a result, will hopefully encourage them to take advantage of the advising options available.

Todd Ross, the Indigenous Advisor, is very proud to be part of this initiative. He strongly believes that this initiative will help strengthen the relationship with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis from across turtle island and especially Wolastoqey, Mi’kmaq, Peskotomuhkati, the Indigenous peoples of this area.

If you would like to book an appointment, you can visit UNB Saint John Indigenous Services on UNB Intranet, by email at t.ross@unb.ca, or in person at Oland Hall G08.

For more information about this initiative, visit the UNB Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan.

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