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Office of Aboriginal Initiatives | Newsletter



Reaching out –

way, way out. 

Kandice in James Bay, heading to Kashechewan First Nation

Aboriginal students recruitment and retention officer, Kandice Baptiste is a member of the Aboriginal post -secondary information program (APSIP) which organizes tours to Aboriginal communities and schools across Ontario. In partnership with Laurier’s recruitment office Kandice also participates in the schedule of presentations in high schools provincially. Outreach includes events such as our annual High School Friendship Lacrosse Day and Ilaji: March Break Camp. Hosted on our Waterloo

campus, Lacrosse Day introduces high school students from Six Nations and Mississaugas of the New Credit to Laurier for a fun day of Lacrosse skills and drills plus a campus tour. March Break camp, a unique program for local Aboriginal youth (8-15), exposes campers to the possibility of post-secondary education through a myriad of physical, social and cultural activities while giving them an opportunity to experience campus life. Similar programs are being planned for the Brantford campus.


Creative Native Mondays This fall semester students are invited to join us for Moc Mondays! An experienced beader, leather-worker, and jewelry maker are all on hand to help guide students as they bead, make vamps for an upcoming Laurier Sister’s in Spirit exhibit, then bead their own vamps and make their own mocassins!


Premiere Issue • October 2013

Kandice Baptiste is Mohawk, born and raised in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Laurier (2011). As Aboriginal students recruitment and retention officer she assists incoming students in the transition to university life, answers admissions questions, visits communities, and creates retention programming for current students. Jean Becker is of Innu, Inuit and English ancestry and a member of the Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador. Jean has a Master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Guelph. As senior advisor: Aboriginal Initiatives she works with a team of Aboriginal staff to create services, a welcoming space and curriculum for Aboriginal students at Laurier and advocate for them in the institution. Melissa Ireland is Anishnabe kwe from Curve Lake First Nation and holds an Honours BA in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo. As Aboriginal student support coordinator for Waterloo campus, she provides specialized support and services to Aboriginal students at the Waterloo and Kitchener campuses. Laurie Minor is of mixed ancestry, Ojibway and British. She is currently working part time on her BA here at Laurier. As administrative assistant she assists with Brantford and Waterloo campus events, web pages, and administration of the Student Centres. Bonnie Whitlow is a Mohawk woman, Bear Clan, born and raised on the Six Nations reserve. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from McMaster University in 1996. As Aboriginal student support coordinator for Brantford campus, she provides specialized support and services to Aboriginal students at the Brantford campus.

Laurier Aboriginal Newsletter Fall 2013  
Laurier Aboriginal Newsletter Fall 2013