Indigenous Education 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, 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 x3389  |  Toll Free: 1877-489-2687 x3389

Shaunee Murphy, Assistant

My name is Shaunee Murphy. I grew up in Ktunaxa Territory in Creston BC, while my Indigenous lineage comes from Shoal Lake First Nation near Prince Albert Saskatchewan. I received my Grade Twelve Equivalency Diploma from the College of the Rockies, and completed the Criminal and Social Justice program through the College, as well. I now work to support students and can help you find the resources that you may need. You can find me in the lower level of the AGP Monday-Friday, or connect with me via phone or email.

Phone: 250-489-2751 x3341

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

Indigenous Student Mentors:

Ryan Phillips-Clement

My traditional name is kawisq̓a kiǂq̓aǂǂi (Standing Elk). I was born and raised in Cranbrook B.C, and have lived here for all 23 years of my life. My interests include sports- both as a spectator and competitor, music, movies, and being outdoors. I am thankful for all of the assistance I have received as I pursue my educational goals, and would like to extend my reach to anyone who may need help with theirs.

Skyla Gronen

Skyla has lived in Creston B.C for the majority of her life. She was a member of the Yaqan Nukiy Canoe Team and fancy danced in the annual Yaqan Nukiy Powwows. She moved to Cranbrook to attend the Hairstyling program at the College. She hopes to travel and experience the world and all its cultures.

Chelsea Garbanewski

Hi! My name is Chelsea Garbanewski and I am from Whitecourt, AB. I am in my second year of the UVIC Teacher Education Program. I came to Cranbrook to experience the teaching program through a rural perspective, and of course, enjoy the scenery. This year, I am a returning Student Mentor. In the past, I have had a lot of involvement with my Metis community. In 2011, I went to Finland for five months to teach about my Metis heritage, and learn about the local culture. Then, in 2014, I completed a volunteer youth program through Katimavik. Five other youth and I from Metis Nation of Alberta lived and worked in Peterborough, Ontario for five months. We worked closely with Trent University Native Association and the Metis Nation of Ontario. I got to experience Anishnaabe social dances, Full Moon Ceremony, and Naming Ceremony to name a few. I find it very important to embrace my culture as it is a major part of who I am.