Indigenous Student Centre

Indigenous Student Centre

NorQuest’s Indigenous Student Centre is a multi-purpose facility for Indigenous students. Located in the Singhmar Centre for Learning, the Indigenous Student Centre hosts ceremonies, counselling sessions with Elders, and Indigenous Student Advisor academic services, but it's also a social gathering place.

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  • Introductions

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  • Knowledge Keepers

  • What We Do

  • Important Reminders

  • Curriculum

Indigenous Student Advisors

Available for drop-ins or individual appointments with students who need help with:

  • identifying Indigenous funding options
  • assisting prospective students with program information and the admissions process
  • providing career planning and educational guidance to Indigenous-funded students
  • liaising with bands in the provision of student support and service management
  • referrals to appropriate community agencies and resources
  • connecting with instructors, admissions personnel, tutors, counsellors, and advisors

Note: Student advisors are available Monday – Friday from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm to assist Indigenous students.

Mentorships opportunities

The RBC Indigenous Mentorships Program provides Indigenous learners the opportunity to develop community. Learners can access volunteer opportunities, develop skills, and hear about community organizations. The program’s goal is to ensure Indigenous students build supports with other Indigenous students, staff, faculty, and community to be successful at the college.

Indigenous Student Centre Staff

  • Elliott Young

    Elliott Young

    Manager Indigenous Student Services

    Elliott is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Ermineskin Cree Nation, one of the four nations that make up Maskwacis. Born and raised on Ermineskin, he came to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies degree with a certification in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership. Elliott’s career has been focused on policy development and coordination, community engagement, Indigenous relations, and youth engagement. Elliott’s motivation is ensuring social issues are addressed through collaboration and engagement of community.

    As the Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor, Elliott will be working with external and internal stakeholders to ensure NorQuest is working collaboratively with the Indigenous community in Edmonton and surrounding area. He will be exploring ways NorQuest College can work with Indigenous communities to address their needs and improve the programs the institution offers. Elliott is an experienced facilitator and has provided Indigenous awareness training sessions for non-profits, governments, agencies, and businesses.

  • Robyn Fabiosa

    Robyn Fabiosa

    Indigenous Student Advisor

    Tân’si! My name is Robyn Fabiosa. I am of mixed Cree and Scottish heritage, grand daughter of a residential school survivor and a member of Frog Lake First Nation. I was born and raised in Edmonton and graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

    For the past 4 and half years I have had the great honor of living, working and learning on traditional Coast Salish Territory, in Vancouver BC. In my time there, I helped to support Indigenous women and mother’s living in the Downtown Eastside, as well as, collaborating with community members to offer programs for families to access cultural connection, wellness and intergenerational healing. I also provided leadership and regional support to various urban and on-reserve infant development programs.

    My additional career background includes advocacy, group facilitation and community support work with various not-for-profits, throughout Edmonton. I am beyond grateful to be back on my ancestral and home territory, as the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Student Services Center. At the centre I will be the first point of contact for students and staff, as well as coordinating events, protocols for Elders, and administration tasks – please pop in and say hello!

  • Patricia Gladue

    Patricia Gladue

    RBC Indigenous Mentorship Liaison

    Tân’si! (Hello)

    My name is Patricia Gladue. I am a proud and loving goalie mother of four children. I am an avid hockey enthusiastic individual. (GO VEGAS KNIGHTS GO) I was born and raised in Kikino Metis Settlement up until I was nine years old. My work experience varies from working close with families, groups and individuals of all ethnic backgrounds. Some of my background knowledge stems from work experience with trauma, toxic stress and Social Determinants of health. This practice has included helping connects individuals with resources in the community, enhance safety, and increase level of awareness of resources out in the community.

    My goal as the RBC Indigenous Mentorship Liaison is to be a mentor to other students by creating a safe and welcoming support system. I hope to be able to help assist students in creating a safe place to learn, grow, connect to their cultural grass-roots, and develop skills such as leadership and community engagement. I am a proud Metis woman who loves learning new techniques to build a stronger foundation for students by being a voice for other students. I personally believe that success is a shared responsibility. By effectively working together as a team, I believe that individuals can overcome challenges, build on their strengths and begin to recognize their full potential. By supporting the needs of students, I believe that everyone can learn and reach their full potential by providing the opportunities and appropriate tools used in and out of NorQuest College.