Indigenous Services
Indigenous Education Team and Services

Our Indigenous Education team consists of Resident Elders, Student Mentors, Academic Advisors, Financial supports and awards, Indigenous Education Coordinator, Representatives from the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment, Indigenous Scholar, and Indigenous Cultural Liaison. Our team is here to help make your College experience a success.

Some of our support services include:

  • Help with funding applications, financial supports, awards and bursaries
  • Completion of applications
  • Assistance with assessing program readiness and pre-requisites
  • Access to emergency funding sources
  • Academic advising and planning (short term plans and long term)
  • Assistance with Articulation and transfer of courses/credits
  • Advocacy
  • Referrals to college and community resources and services
  • Academic and Career assessments
  • Liaising with the regional Indigenous communities
  • Assistance with status applications or contracts with communities
  • Hosting of Cultural events and gatherings

photo of Avery HulbertAvery Hulbert
Indigenous Education Coordinator

My family and I live on Ktunaxa territory just outside of Cranbrook. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty one traditional territory. I consider myself to be an ally who is a strong and passionate supporter of Indigenous Education.

I am an Instructor at the College of the Rockies on the Cranbrook Campus and have been here since January 2010. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours with a major in Criminology at Simon Fraser University and my Masters in Social Sciences in Criminology at University of Ottawa. My studies focused on First Nations studies; youth justice; Aboriginal justice; restorative justice; support for Aboriginal youth; crime prevention; and social and developmental psychology.  I am very fortunate to have been invited to learn from many different Aboriginal people, families and communities. I am passionate about learning more about the rich history, culture, and traditional and contemporary lives of Aboriginal peoples as well as how we can best support Aboriginal peoples and communities in education, wellness, strength, self-governance and capacity building.

I spend much of my professional development and non-instructional time learning how I can better support and create an inclusive learning environment for learners and how I can better incorporate Indigenous knowledge and content into my courses. I see my role as ‘turning up the volume’ and bringing the voices of those who are often not heard to my learners.

Whether you are a student, prospective student, scholar, academic, community member or a life long learner, please feel free to come by and introduce yourself. If there is anything that I can do to better facilitate your learning experience, please do not hesitate to contact me. My goal is to help you succeed and enjoy your learning experience!

Send Avery an email by clicking here. Her office is located in the Lower Level AGP or in Student Services 230Q Cranbrook Campus.

Phone: 250-489-2751
Toll free: 1877-489-2687, ext 3389

Raye Stensgaard

Please give a special welcome to our inaugural Indigenous Cultural Liaison, Raye Stensgaard. Raye is Tsimshian woman from the Eagle clan. She worked for 6 years as an LPN (licensed practical nurse) in several remote indigenous communities. Raye also holds a Social Work certificate, specializing in First Nations Family Support. Raye’s focus will be supporting Indigenous learners during their journey at the College of the Rockies. Raye will also work as a liaison between the College and the Ktunaxa Nation Employment and Education sector as well as other important Indigenous organizations.

You can often find her out of Student Services at 230R or in the lower level AGP Cranbrook Campus. Feel free to stop by with any needs or just to say hello.

Contact Raye: 250 489 2571 ext 3497
Toll Free 1 877 489 2687 ext 3497

Christopher Horsethief

Christopher Horsethief joins us as our inaugural Indigenous Scholar in Residence. Christopher holds a PhD in Leadership Studies (Gonzaga), MA in Applied Economics (WSU), and a BA in First Nations Studies (WWA). He is a well-known author of the book Emergent Complex Behavior in Social Networks: Examples from the Ktunaxa Speech Community. Christopher’s role will be co-creating Indigenous curriculum tools with faculty, and supporting our applied research ethics agenda.

Contact: Dr. Christopher Horsethief