I would like to acknowledge the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who allow me and my family to live, work, and play within their lands. In the spirit of their ancestors, "Hay’sxw’qa si’em!" and in the spirit of my ancestors, "Kleco! Kleco!"
My name Asma-na-hi means “Caring for Precious Ones”, a name given to me at a naming Potlatch by my late Grandfather, Archie Thompson. Among family, friends, and colleagues, they call me, “Asma”. I am Nuu-chah-nulth from Toquaht Nation. I am a proud member of the “House of Happiness” along with my husband, our children, and our dog, Hleet’um.
As the Manager of Indigenous Education and Student Services I will:
- Assist in the development of institutional culture, space, systems and support that fosters access and success for Indigenous Students.
- Oversee the Sneq’wa e’lun (the Blue Heron House), serving all members of the university community – but especially Indigenous students – effectively deploying space, programming, and services.
- Assist, guide and deliver academic and financial assistance as well as cultural support services for Indigenous students on campus and online.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of academic programs and contract training for Indigenous people, communities and organizations.
- Provide traditional welcomes at the beginning of residencies and meetings/events.
- Manage, stay connected and promote RRU Elders Circle.
- Facilitate Indigenous education and traditional knowledge.
- When requested, be a research supervisor and join committees.
- Support on-going projects and collaborate with all local First Nations to build innovative new projects when requested.
- Connect with all potential partners.
- Support and build an Indigenous alumni group.
All of these responsibilities are rooted in a holistic perspective and supported by positive relationships built with local First Nations communities and relevant local, provincial, and national organizations. I believe practicing and sharing traditional knowledge will bring a brighter future for the next generation to have equal opportunities and support to succeed.
At our home in Victoria, which is often referred to as the 'House of Happiness,' I welcome you to visit me at Sneq’wa e’lun (the Blue Heron House).
My office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed for lunch 12-1pm). To book an appointment or to find out more information about Indigenous Education and Student Services, feel free to contact me via email, or on 250.391.2600 ext 4557.
Asma-na-hi Antoine, Toquaht, Nuu-chah-nulth
Indigenous Education and Student Services Manager, Royal Roads University