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Our team:

Paige Isaac, Alyse VanEvery, Allan Vicaire, Dana-Marie Williams, Kakwiranoron Cook


Paige Isaac, B.Sc (McGill)

Coordinator

A McGill graduate, and a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nations community in Eastern Quebec, Paige’s responsibility as Coordinator of the First Peoples’ House is to nurture a sense of community and belonging for Indigenous students at McGill. She aims to provide a welcoming space for students to relax, create relationships with others and find the support they need to succeed academically and personally. She is available to meet one on one with students to address any concerns and refer them to appropriate resources. She serves on different committees to provide a voice and to advocate for Indigenous issues on campus.

Students usually come to her for questions on where to find a job and/or scholarships and bursaries. She connects students with other student services professionals as needed. She also assists Indigenous student groups on campus by supporting their events and initiatives.

Paige [dot] isaac [at] mcgill [dot] ca

514-398-3217

 


Dana-Marie Williams

Administrative Coordinator

Dana graduated from Dawson College in 2006 with a DEC in Office Systems Technology. Born and raised in Montreal, she is half Mi’gmaq from Listuguj and half Pottawatami from Moose Deer Point, Ontario, but she grew up in Kahnawake. As Administrative Coordinator of the First Peoples’ House, her job is to handle day-to-day activities such as IT and payroll, as well as keeping the House and its’ events running smoothly by taking care of the administrative tasks.

Dana-marie [dot] williams [at] mcgill [dot] ca

514-398-3217

 


Alyse VanEvery, BA (McGill)

Indigenous Student Advisor

As Indigenous Student Advisor, Alyse Van Every helps First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students navigate the student academic support system by effectively guiding students to the resources that best suit their needs.

A graduate of McGill University and a member of the Six Nations community in Ontario, Alyse is familiar with the path of the Indigenous student and is well-equipped to easily relate with advisees on an academic and personal level. Liaising with all University departments and schools, Alyse connects students with faculty members and academic advisers and also liaises with students’ home communities when appropriate.

Working closely with the Aboriginal Outreach Administrator and the Coordinator of the First People’s House, Alyse develops workshops and events to help Indigenous students become familiar with McGill and overcome any obstacles they may encounter. Recent workshops include Confidence in the Classroom, where students learned techniques for engaging more actively and comfortably in the classroom, and Mastering Exam Anxiety.

Alyse [dot] vanevery [at] mcgill [dot] ca

514-398-6057

 


Kakwiranó:ron Cook, BA (Hawaii Pacific University)

Aboriginal Outreach Administrator

A member of both the Oglala Lakota and the Akwesasne Mohawk nations, Kakwiranó:ron works closely with Indigenous students from before they apply to McGill until the day they graduate. He frequently meets with prospective students, to promote McGill’s admissions policy for Indigenous students, and encourages them to pursue higher education at McGill. He also keeps current McGill students up to speed on opportunities to volunteer and get involved with outreach events both on-campus and in Indigenous communities across Canada.

Finally, he maintains correspondence with representatives from industry who actively recruit Indigenous McGill graduates, as well as McGill’s Career Planning Service (CaPS), in order to favour employment among Indigenous students.

For more information, please visit the Office of the Dean of Students’ Aboriginal Affairs page.

Kakwiranoron [dot] cook [at] mcgill [dot] ca

514-398-4580

 


Allan Vicaire, BA (Concordia)

Indigenous Education Advisor

A member of the Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj, Allan Vicaire’s responsibility as Indigenous Education Advisor is to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty at McGill, as well as encouraging civic engagement through the promotion of community-based learning. These goals are accomplished year after year by organizing events focusing on Indigenous cultures and issues, such as the Indigenous Awareness Week and Indigenous Educational Series, two annual events.

Also under Allan’s responsibility are Homework Help, where volunteer students from McGill are paired with high-school students from Kahnawake, a Mohawk community outside Montreal, in order to help them succeed academically and to encourage them to pursue higher education.

Allan [dot] vicaire [at] mcgill [dot] ca

514-398-3711

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