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
- 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
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 honoured to be seconded into the role of Coordinator of Indigenous Education Services at the College of the Rockies. I have been a University Studies Instructor here since January 2010. I have a mixed settler and immigrant background and identify as an ally. I was born and raised as a visitor on Treaty One territory in Winnipeg Manitoba. I am honoured to be a guest who works, lives and plays on ?amakis Ktunaxa.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your interest in or current studies here at College of the Rockies.
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, ext 3389
Toll free: 1877-489-2687, ext 3389
Shaunee Murphy, Assistant
Shaunee is a COTR alumni from our Criminal and Social Justice Certificate program and Adult Upgrading. She is a Cree women who grew up in Creston, BC. She is and our newly appointed assistant who is located in the lower level AGP to help with keeping our Department organized and running smoothly. She is here to help you find services and resources around the college and community. She is organizing our Department events and activities.
Phone: 250-489-2751 ext 3341
Christopher Horsethief, Indigenous Scholar
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
Office: Upper Level AGP