Elders on Campus

Elders will be available to anyone with an interest in learning more about Aboriginal knowledge, culture or to anyone who would like to speak to an Elder for support. Elders are historians, advisors, counsellors, spiritual guides and healers who act as teachers and safeguard traditional knowledge through transmission of culture and language. Elders on Campus will be offered at all four campuses to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

Elders can:

– Mentor and motivate the community to incorporate traditional Aboriginal knowledge with the life of being as student
– Foster intergenerational and cultural connections
– Contribute to as safe, comfortable, and welcoming atmosphere and model unconditional acceptance
– Emphasize the importance of spiritual wellness in one’s education
– Introduce the entire College community to the rich traditions and talent in the Aboriginal community
– Share with the community their knowledge and experience about issues, cultures, and concerns
– Consult and guide the community of how to incorporate a “wholistic” worldview in curriculum development and delivery

Northern College recognizes the significant role of traditional knowledge and the importance of passing such teachings to future generations. The College is pleased to provide Elders on Campus who foster the well-being of students and staff by sharing their experiences, knowledge, and wisdom with the College community.  Elders value education, support students, and inspire an enriched environment of cultural understanding and diversity.  During the academic year, students and staff can consult and converse with an Elder who may provide one-on-one mentoring, share cultural teachings, support curriculum and learning, and participate in events that reflect, celebrate, and respect Aboriginal knowledge and culture.

Elders on Campus will support pride in language, culture, and history.

Our Elders

Marilyn Chevrier-Wills, Haileybury Campus
Jeanette Gilbert, Kirkland Lake Campus
Rachel Chakasim, Moosonee Campus
David Faries, Timmins Campus

For more information, please contact

Haileybury Campus & the Kirkland Lake Campus
Monique Lafond, Indigenous Student Advisor
705-567-9291 ext. 3626
lafondm@northern.on.ca

Timmins Campus
Joseph Nakogee, Indigenous Student Advisor
705-235-3211 ext. 2233
nakogeej@northern.on.ca

Moosonee Campus
Willard Small, Indigenous Student Advisor
705-336-2913 ext. 5603
smallw@northern.on.ca