Aboriginal Education


COU Reference Group on Aboriginal Education 2022-23

The Reference Group on Aboriginal Education is comprised of educators, counsellors, and administrators from universities and works to build and support a continuum of education and development that enables Aboriginal students to access learning and to thrive on their learning journey.

Key Contact

Éilis Karry

Policy Analyst

ext. 263 | [email protected]

Mary WabanoVice-President, Nyaagaaniid – Student Success and Anishinaabe InitiativesAlgoma University
Robyn BourgeoisActing Vice-Provost, Indigenous EngagementBrock University
Benny MichaudDirector, Centre for Indigenous InitiativesCarleton University
Cara WehkampSpecial Advisor to the Provost on Aboriginal InitiativesUniversity of Guelph
Natasha YoungManager, Indigenous Student CentreUniversity of Guelph
Denise BaxterVice-Provost, Aboriginal InitiativesLakehead University
Mary LaurInterim Director, Indigenous Sharing and Learning CenterLaurentian University
Dominic BeaudryAssociate Vice President, Academic and Indigenous ProgramsLaurentian University
Shylo ElmayanDirector, Indigenous Student ServicesMcMaster University
Romeo FournierInterim Director, Office of Indigenous InitiativeNipissing University
Melissa GeneralManager, Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre & ServicesOCAD University
Jill ThompsonIndigenous Cultural Advisor, Indigenous Student Support ServicesOntario Tech University
Tareyn JohnsonDirector of Indigenous AffairsUniversity of Ottawa
Janice HillAssociate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)Queen's University
Kandice BaptisteDirector, Four Directions Aboriginal Student CentreQueen's University
Dawn Lavell-HarvardDirector, First Peoples House of LearningTrent University
David NewhouseChair, Indigenous StudiesTrent University
Shannon SimpsonDirector, Indigenous InitiativesUniversity of Toronto
Michael WhiteDirector, Indigenous Student ServicesUniversity of Toronto
Monica McKayDirector, Aboriginal InitiativesToronto Metropolitan University
Jean BeckerSenior Advisor, Aboriginal InitiativesUniversity of Waterloo
Christy BressetteVice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Initiatives)Western University
Amanda MyersDirector, Indigenous Student CentreWestern University
Emily DanielActing Manager, Indigenous Student SupportWilfrid Laurier University
Darren ThomasAVP Indigenous InitiativesWilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Beverly JacobsSenior Indigenous Advisor to the President at the University of WindsorUniversity of Windsor
Randy PitawanakwatManager, Indigenous Student ServicesYork University
Susan DionAssociate Vice President, Indigenous InitiativesYork University