Indigenous Studies (Minor) BA, BSc, BComm, BCS, BInf, BMgmtInterdisciplinary
Elders in Residence
The Elders in Residence Program is available to students across campus, including the Agricultural Campus in Truro.
Based within the Indigenous Minor program, the Elders are committed to being available to students for guidance, counsel and support, as well as provide smudging ceremonies at the Multi-Faith Centre on campus and conducting talking circles for students on request.
There are five Elders available to students, each offering their own particular expertise:
As the coordinator of the program, Geri coordinates the Elders' availability. She is a member of the Nakawe Nation (Keeseekoose First Nation), Saskatchewan and a member of the Bear Clan. Her traditional name is "Miskwe Ginew ikwe," meaning "Red Eagle Woman." Geri is retired from the public service where she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in employment equity. She is also a residential school survivor.
Deb is Ojibway Anishinabee kwe from Batchewana First Nation in Ontario. She retired from the Canadian military after 36 years. Also a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, Deb received the National Aboriginal Women in Leadership Foundation Award of Distinction in 2004. She serves as the community planner for the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax.
Billy is Mi'kmaq, originally from Millbrook First Nation, but has lived most of his life off-reserve. He is a community activist focused on urban indigenous issues and has an interest in agriculture.
Doug is a respected elder from Sipekne'katik First Ntion (formerly known as Indian Brook) and is a recipient of the Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior Memorial Elder Award.
Muriel is Metis/Anishinabee kwe from Ontario. She is a member of the Raging Grannies and volunteers to use her musical talents to perform musical plays in senior residences across Halifax.
Contact the Elders in Residence program
The Elders in Residence program office is located in the McCain Building, Room 3037.
Geri-Musqua-LeBlanc has office hours Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
If you would like to engage the Elders for events, please consult the Elders-in-Residence Protocol document [PDF-142kB]