Indigenous Student Affairs Staff

Dedicated to promoting full access, participation and success for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

Indigenous Student Affairs Team

What We Can Offer You

“The Indigenous Student Affairs office, located in the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre (ISLC), is home to a friendly, accessible and knowledgeable team that offers academic support, counselling, cultural and social programming, cultural support, and Elder/traditional resource programming.”


Mary Laur
As Director of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, I oversee Indigenous student recruitment and retention initiatives. I provide advocacy, policy and political support. I manage the development, preparation and editing of communication products. I also align Indigenous Student Affairs programming and planning with both the LUNEC and Laurentian University Strategic Plans.

I can be reached by telephone at 705-675-1151 ext. 4050 or by email at!

Cynthia Belfitt

As the Indigenous Student Counsellor, I work closely with Indigenous students to provide personal, academic, and career counselling. I also welcome first year and returning students during our orientation activities and feasts. There are also several other events and workshops that I organize throughout the year that are geared towards not only the academic success of Indigenous students at Laurentian but also cultural awareness, growth, and safety. These include ASIST and Mental Health First Aid First Nations training, running KAIROS Blanket exercises, the ISLC All-Nighter, as well as workshops focusing on Self-Care, Budgeting, Stress Management, Vision Boards, and Bursaries.

I can be reached by phone at 705-675-1151 ext. 1048 or by email at!

Rena Daviau

As the Indigenous Learning Strategist, I provide students with academic writing supports and strategies that are delivered through various workshops, one-on-one meetings, student writing and assignment check-ins throughout the academic year, as well as time management and organizational strategies. I also liaise with faculty, staff and other campus supports as well as online support for distance education students. In addition to this, I organize and deliver S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) academic workshops and the Indigenous Student Celebrations in the Spring and Fall.

I can be reached by phone at 705-675-1151 ext. 3057 or by email at!

Natalie Lacasse

As the Indigenous Community Outreach and Liaison Coordinator, it's my job to recruit our Indigenous students from all over and to guide them on their transition to Laurentian University. You may also see me liaising with different schools, touring with APSIP, and participating at various events in the community. I'd love to meet with you and discuss how Laurentian is the best fit for you - contact me for more information or to book a tour at the ISLC!

I can be reached by phone at 705-675-1151 ext. 3413 or by email at!

Gail Charbonneau
As the niikaansidook Coordinator, I work within a team that offers sewing and handcraft learning to make ribbon skirts and shirts, appliqué, beadwork, moccasins, feast kits, quilting and much more! Drumming circles are held weekly to learn at both the big drum and the handdrum. We also invite Elders and Knowledge Carriers in to lead teachings on Indigenous Knowledge and to lead ceremony to support Laurentian students, staff/faculty, and the community.

I can be reached by phone at 705-675-1151 ext. 1051 or by email at You can also request to sit with an Elder or Knowledge Carrier by emailing or call 705-675-1151 ext. 4052!

The niikaansidook - All My Relations program offers teachings, workshops, and ceremonies with traditional anishinaabe Elder and Knowledge Carriers. We seek to support students in understanding anishinaabe identity and understanding anishinaabe worldview. This is done through various workshops, teachings, and ceremonies such as moccasin-making, beading, drumming, sharing the Creation Story, nibi (water) and shkode (fire) teachings, sweatlodges, and full moon ceremonies.

An anishinaabe waadiziwin (protocol for working with traditional anishinaabe Elders and Knowledge Carriers) is also forthcoming. It will contain information on how to approach traditional anishinaabe Elders and Knowledge Carriers and how to work with them when they come to help in our Laurentian community.

Amy Commanda

Aanii! Gchi-waasa-nangoons-kwe ndi-zhnikaaz, ngig ndoodem. Niip'sing ndoo-njibaa.

As the Administrative Assistant for Indigenous Student Affairs, my role is to offer administrative support to our Indigenous students as well as the ISA staff within the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre. Students can book appointments with team members through myself at the reception desk and can also count on my help for printing, faxing, and other administrative assistance. Taking Nishnaabemowin courses at the University of Sudbury? I can help make sure you're on the right track with your studies!

I can be reached by phone at 705-675-1151 ext. 4052 or by email at!

Indigenous Student Affairs

Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, first floor of the R.D. Parker building