Indigenous Mentor available to King's students on campus
September 22, 2017
Student Services is committed to supporting all students in reaching their highest potential through encouragement, culturally-responsive programming, and advice.
King’s University College has partnered with Western University in providing many community initiatives and programs throughout the year. One of which is giving students access to Indigenous mentor, Liz Akiwenzie.
King’s asked Akiwenzie to tell us a bit more about herself:
“I am both Ojibway and Oneida. My Ojibway name is “Nistangkwe” (understanding woman); and my Oneida name is “Teyeyato Lehte” (she who reason and sees both side). I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I enjoy traditional dancing, hand drum singing and sharing the beautiful teachings of the Original people of this land.”
Akiwenzie will be at the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 21 and 28, October 19 and 26, November 23 and 30, and December 7 and 14, 2017. She welcomes anyone to visit with her to learn about the Indigenous people of North America. “I love to share my knowledge and learning and meet students. I welcome questions and have traditional items on display to spark conversation. I invite students to come sit and talk with me,” says Akiwenzie.
Students may drop in individually or as a group when she is on campus. For information, email Student Services or call 519-433-3491.
King’s University College acknowledges that our campus at King's University College is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenausaune, Lenaapeewak, and Attawandaron peoples, all of whom have longstanding relationships to the land of Southwestern Ontario and the City of London. The First Nations communities of our local area include Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delaware Nation. And in our region, there are eleven First Nations communities, as well as a growing indigenous urban population. King's University College values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations, and all of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island (also known as North America).