I would like to acknowledge the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families who allow me and my family to live, work, and learn within their traditional lands. I am grateful to all the surrounding nations as we continue to build partnerships in a number of different areas within Royal Roads University. 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.
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 Royal Roads University Heron People's work.
- 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