A member of the Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj, Allan Vicaire’s responsibility as Associate Director of the First Peoples’ House is to nurture a sense of community and belonging for Indigenous students at McGill. He 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. He is available to meet one on one with students to address any concerns and refer them to appropriate resources. He serves on different committees to provide a voice and to advocate for Indigenous issues on campus.
Students usually come to him for questions on where to find a job and/or scholarships and bursaries. He connects students with other student services professionals as needed. He also assists Indigenous student groups on campus by supporting their events and initiatives.
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.williams [at] mcgill.ca
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.vanevery [at] mcgill.ca