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Russ Johnston joins Student Services

September 12, 2019

Sungilawanka nindizhnikaaz. Neyaashiinigmiing nindonjibaa. Waabizheshi nindoodem. Abiitan Xwsepsum miinawaa Lekwungen aki.

Russ Johnston (Sungilwanka) joins the Student Engagement team in Student Services having been a guest on the traditional territories of the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families for five years. Hailing from the Chippewas of Nawash unceded First Nation via the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Anishnaabeg, Russ’ background includes work in Indigenous community research, entrepreneurial consulting, sustainable economic development and cultural protocol education. Russ has a diploma in Foundations of Indigenous Learning, a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies/History and a Master of Indigenous Governance.

Russ’ scholastic work navigated the intersection of emotional cognizance and traditional Indigenous knowledge systems rooted in personal, familial and communal well-being. With previous experience as the Director of Waagosh Consulting and as a Project Coordinator for First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University, Russ looks forward to applying his lens of traditional knowledge and contemporary expertise to the role of Indigenous Student Services Coordinator. When not rock climbing, surfing or camping, you can find him slogging away on the roads training for a half-marathon, with the hopes of competing in his first triathlon next year.

Russ's office, Library 310, is located within the Student Engagement office on the main floor of the library. As the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator, Russ will provide supports and services to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and will provide opportunities for all students to promote awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures.

Please join us in welcoming Russ to the Royal Roads community.

Dranna Andrews-Brown
Manager, Student Engagement