Academic and Indigenous Programs

Aanii, Boozhoo, Kwe Kwe, Wachay and Greetings.

We acknowledge the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and recognize that Laurentian University is located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. The City of Greater Sudbury also includes the traditional lands of Wahnapitae First Nations. 

Laurentian University with its federated partners (Huntington University, Thorneloe University and the University of Sudbury) offer an outstanding post-secondary experience, in English and French, with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Supporting Laurentian University’s tricultural mandate, our office provides leadership in the development of programs, supports and partnerships that contribute to the advancement of Indigenous peoples, communities and worldviews.

 

Address: 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6

Office: RD Parker Building - Room P-312

Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 3437

About Us

The mandate Office of Academic and Indigenous Programs is to promote the development of initiatives that support Indigenous education and First Nations, Metis and Inuit student success. This is accomplished through leading the developing of Indigenous strategic initiatives with the Laurentian University Native Education Council and the general university community. More recent initiatives and programs include the development of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute, the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, which houses Indigenous Student Affairs, and the ongoing commitment to increasing Indigenous content across the curriculum. 

The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs plays a leadership role in promoting, developing and implementing initiatives and programs that supports the Laurentian University Native Education Council’s (LUNEC) mission to support self-determination of Indigenous peoples with a specific focus on ensuring access and support for retention and graduation of Indigenous students.

In 2006, Laurentian hired Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek as the inaugural Director of Academic Native Affairs. This position evolved to an Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Programs in 2009 and then to Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs in 2011.  As the Indigenous Academic lead, Dr. Cote-Meek is responsible for outcomes set out in Laurentian University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan as they relate to Indigenous students and communities. She is also responsible for implementing the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan from the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC).

Our office has many accomplishments to be proud of and some of these do include: the creation of our Indigenous Presence on Campus website, the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Task Force (TRTF), the securing of Anishinaabemowin translation services, the development of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute, the building of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and the ongoing commitment to increasing First Nation, Métis and Inuit content across the curriculum. 

Shelly Moore-Frappier

Interim Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs

Shelly Moore-Frappier is the Interim Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. A member of Teme Augama Anishinaabai, Shelly was the inaugural Director of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre when it opened in 2017. 

Shelly started at Laurentian University in the Native Humans Services Program in the early 90's and pursued a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She is regarded as a trailblazer for Indigenous Student Services at Laurentian as she worked on developing programming and advocating for the Indigenous student body in the mid 1990's.

A strong advocate for Indigenous students and families, she has advised on supportive policy affecting the student experience. Although Shelly is looking to create an experience for current and future students, she is mindful of how this work will affect and honour the surrounding communities. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Shelly is a proud mother of two and dedicated community member.

She can be reached at smoore@laurentian.ca or by phone at 705-675-1151 x3429

Carole Perreault

Carole Perreault

Administrative Officer to the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs

Mrs. Carole Perreault is from Sudbury, Ontario and is a graduate of Cambrian College’s Bilingual Office Administration/Executive Secretary program.  For many years, she has been the Administrative Officer to the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs. She also provides administrative support to the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC). Carole is actively searching for her Indigenous roots and enjoys learning and participating in cultural events both on and off campus. She can be reached at CSPerreault@laurentian.ca or by phone at 705-675-1151 x3437. Our office is located in the RD Parker Building, Room P-312, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario. Postal Code is P3E 2C6 for those that are sending anything via mail or courier.

Émilie Bourgeault-Tassé

Émilie Bourgeault-Tassé 

Indigenous Special Projects Officer

Émilie Bourgeault-Tassé is the Indigenous Special Projects coordinator for the office of Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. She graduated from the Anthropology program in 2012 and was the first to defend her thesis in the inaugural class of the Master of Indigenous Relations Program at Laurentian University.  Her research focused on how Laurentian students, staff and faculty describe and live their Indigeneity.

Émilie coordinates events like the RBC Gkendassawin Trail Speaker Series, Indigenous Education Week and provides cultural competency training in various areas of campus. 

She can be reached at ex_bourgeaulttasse@laurentian.ca or by phone at 705-675-1151 x 3062. 

Indigenous Presence On Campus

Indigenous presence on campus is a resource created for all faculty, staff and students here at Laurentian University and the federated partners (University of Sudbury, Thorneloe University, Huntington University). It represents a respectful entry point in exploring your role and relationship with Indigenous peoples. The six topics below have been selected because they represent the most sought after areas of questions and requests to our office. These subpages and resources have been designed and created for all of our community. The goal is to raise awareness, facilitate engagement and understand the responsibility that we all have towards equity, access and social justice.