Kwé — Pjila’si — Welcome

Students in our Indigenous gathering space, Mawita'mkw.Mount Allison’s Indigenous Support Services seeks to: 

  • Access and support indigenous students
  • Indigenize the curriculum
  • Engage non-indigenous students and community members, helping them understand the history and culture of First Nations students

2016-17 – The Year of Indigenous Knowing at Mount Allison
Mount Allison identified 2016-17 as our Year of Indigenous Knowing. A wide range of activities will encourage the campus and wider community to explore Indigenous issues relating to their historical and current surroundings through several lenses — societal, cultural, and humanitarian on a local, national, and international scale. To find out more, see Year of Indigenous Knowing.

Indigenous Affairs Coordinator Lorise SimonIndigenous affairs co-ordinator
Lorise Simon, Mount Allison's interim Indigenous affairs co-ordinator, works with all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers towards the indigenization of our campus. Lorise is a Mount Allison graduate and has her Master's in Social Work and Aboriginal Field Studies. She has 10 years' experience as a social worker and counsellor, and approaches her work from a holistic perspective. Lorise is originally from Elsipogtog First Nations.

Contact Lorise: (506) 364-2127, or
Student Affairs, second floor Wallace McCain Student Centre

Elder Gilbert SewellMawita'mkw
In September 2016, Mount Allison opened Mawita’mkw, a designated Indigenous gathering space on campus for Indigenous students and community members.

Mawita’mkw will also be home to the University’s first elder-in-residence, Elder Gilbert Sewell from Pabineau First Nation in New Brunswick. He will be available to meet with students, faculty, and community members.

Acknowledging aboriginal custodianship
The following acknowledgement is made at all community and public events on campus:

  • Mount Allison University would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians (from all four directions), of the land on which we meet. It is upon ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaw and Wolastoquyik (Maliseet) peoples that Mount Allison University is built.
  • As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the aboriginal custodianship of this country. Welilioq.

Expanding the CircleIndigenous Support Group
The Indigenous Support Group is a student group of indigenous students and allies dedicated to the discussions and concerns towards indigenous issues. The group meets regularly during the year. Follow them on Twitter: IndigenousSupportMTA

Indigenous Mentorship Program
The Indigenous Mentorship Program pairs upper-year indigenous students or allies from the Indigenous Support Group with first-year students to aid in the transition from high school to university.

Students act as mentors, welcoming new students into the Mount Allison community and making sure they know how to access available resources on campus and get the support they need.