Aboriginal Services Staff
The Aboriginal Education Coordinator is here to assist and support your educational needs and to help make your college experience a success. We can provide the following services:
- Funding applications,
- Academic advising and planning
- Assessment and referrals
- Liaison with the regional Aboriginal communities
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 room 150h Cranbrook Campus.
Toll free: 1877-489-2687, ext 3389
Kaitlyn Hoeksema (Student Mentor)
HI my name is Kaitlyn Hoeksema and I am Cree, Nez Perce and Peguis decent. I am grateful for the warm welcome I have received at College of The Rockies, as a first year student studying Kinesiology. In my final year of high school, I served as the First Nations student representative for the First Nations Enhancement Agreement Steering Committee (FNESC). I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to serve the Indigenous community in Ktunaxa territory at College of the Rockies! I am also committed to Indigenous education and strive to understand, than serve, the collective needs of community members. Please come see me in the Aboriginal Gathering Place and let me know how I can be of service.
Aboriginal Services is located The Aboriginal Gathering Place at the Cranbrook Campus. Drop-ins welcome.