Aanii, Boozhoo, Kwe Kwe, Wachay and Greetings.
Welcome to the Office of Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. First, we would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and the Wahnapitae First Nation. These lands are also situated at the heart of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850.
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
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.
Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, BScN, MBA, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs
Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is the Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. A full professor in her home department, the School of Rural and Northern Health, she has extensive experience in working with Indigenous communities both at the regional and national levels. She has developed and taught courses in Indigenous health and wellness, Indigenous research methodologies, and community engagement. Sheila completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research examined the experiences of Indigenous students and professors in the postsecondary system and is the subject of her book, Colonized Classrooms: Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education. Born and raised in northern Ontario, Sheila is a member of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. She is a mother of three and grandmother of seven. She can be reached at SCoteMeek@laurentian.ca or by phone at 705-675-1151 x3429.
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.
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 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 email@example.com 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.