Indigenous Services | St. Clair College

St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in Southwestern Ontario, with campuses in Windsor and Chatham-Kent. Currently, there are approximately 270 students of First Nation, Métis & Inuit ancestry enrolled at the college. St. Clair College values each student as a unique leader.

Services

Introduction
St. Clair College offers Indigenous students a centre and services that provide a culturally based support system. The Student Centre is a place where students are welcome to gather, to study, to access computers and to socialize.

The Windsor Centre is located in Room 133A while the Chatham Centre is located in Room 111.

Counselling services are available to assist current and prospective students in the areas of individual, academic, personal counselling and social support.

Native programming is available in off-site campuses accredited through St. Clair College. Anishinabek Educational Institute and St. Clair College have entered into a partnership agreement to deliver Aboriginal community-based programs on the Munsee-Delaware First Nation.

Indigenous Counsellor
The Indigenous Counsellor is available to provide support services through academic, career, and personal counselling for First Nations, Métis & Inuit students at the Windsor (South and St. Clair Centre for the Arts) and Chatham campuses. Stop into the office sometime and see what we can do for you.

Windsor Campus - Room 133A
St. Clair College Centre for the Arts
Chatham Campus - Room 135D

Muriel Sampson, M.Ed.
Indigenous Counsellor
Email: msampson@stclaircollege.ca

Windsor Campus
Tel: 519-972-2727. Ext. 4677
Fax: 519-972-2395

Chatham Campus
Tel: 519-354-9714. Ext. 3332
Fax: 519-354-6941

Kayla Murphy, M.Ed.
Indigenous Learner Advisor
Email: kmurphy@stclaircollege.ca

Windsor Campus
Tel: 519-972-2727. Ext. 4734
Fax: 519-972-2395

Chatham Campus
Tel: 519-354-9714. Ext. 3332
Fax: 519-354-6941

Indigenous Education and Training Council (IETC)
St. Clair College has an active IETC that gathers quarterly. These community and college members are advocates and ambassadors of the vibrant and diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis student populations that are represented on campus

IETC 2018-2019 Committee Membership (as of February 2019):

Mark Benoit - Chair, School of Academic Studies (Staff)
Art Barron - Director, Student Services and Liaison to IETC (Staff)
Bernita Brigham-Jacobs - Chair
Donna Grayer - Director
Louise Hillier - Director
Muriel Sampson - Counsellor (Staff)
Kayla Murphy - Learner Advisor (Staff)
Jody Noah - Director

Programs

Native Community Worker - Traditional Aboriginal Healing Methods
This program emphasizes traditional healing methods and provides students with the unique opportunity to develop self-awareness and the mental and spiritual healing so often needed by caregivers. An appreciation for native culture and the uniqueness of being a native person are combined with studies to develop specific knowledge and skills in the use of traditional healing methods in the counselling of Native people.

The program utilizes existing courses of study within the General Arts and Science program, as well as some which have been specially tailored for Aboriginal student's learning styles and need to explore their heritage. A special feature of the program is the College's support system for Native students which includes the Aboriginal counselor.

Native Early Childhood Education - Binoojiinyag Kinoomaadwin
Graduates will be rewarded by their direct work with young children and their families as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. The opportunity for career advancement, financial and job security are also attractive characteristics in the field of early childhood education

Funding

As an Indigenous or Métis student at St. Clair College, you may be eligible for funding to go towards your academic endeavours.

This funding may come in a variety of forms, such as scholarships, bursaries, or awards.

One such award available at St. Clair College is the Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary or the First Generation/Indigenous Student Bursary.

For a further listing of scholarships and awards offered at St. Clair College contact the First Nation, Métis & Inuit Student Services office, or go to Financial Aid & Awards.

In addition, some First Nations or Métis communities may have funding available for students who require financial assistance. Contact your community's educational branch for more information.