Indigenous Student Support

If you are an Indigenous University Student at Cape Breton University, there are several support services for you that lead to academic success. Some of the support services that make Unama’ki College so unique are listed below.

  • A health and wellness day is held at the beginning of each term to introduce Indigenous students to all of the following support services in this list.
  • There are professors in the Department of Indigenous Studies faculty who are Mi’kmaq, who speak the Mi’kmaq language and who are connected with First Nations Communities.
  • Unama’ki College houses two Elders in Residence.  These Elders provide support with academics, emotional support, and knowledge for students, faculty, and staff.
  • The Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Unama’ki College, Stephen Augustine, is Mi’kmaq. He speaks the Mi’kmaq language and is a member of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council.
  • Unama’ki College has a full-time, fluent Mi’kmaq speaking staff member who is in charge of Indigenous Student Support. She helps students in Unama’ki College with things like, applying for scholarships/bursaries, setting up tutoring appointments, and assisting with any other things students might need in regard to writing, math, library research and emotional support.
  • The Mi’kmaq Resource Centre is a wealth of knowledge for CBU students and the general public. With a full-time archivist, it is open five days a week to help students with research of Mi’kmaq and other First Nations topics.  Within the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre is a “Healing Room”, which contains two comfortable rocking chairs with blankets.  The room is also equipped with a sound system for playing soothing music.
  • Unama’ki College is home to the Mi’kmaq Language Lab, Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom. During the academic terms, as well as during the summer, the Mi’kmaq Language Lab hires Indigenous students on grants giving the students both jobs and research experience.
  • A staff member of the Writing Centre visits Unama’ki College once a week during the academic year.  These staff members are available to help students with any writing needs they may have.
  • A librarian, from the CBU library, comes to visit and offer help during the week in Unama’ki College.
  • There is a student lounge in Unama’ki College that is equipped with tables for doing school work, a small kitchenette, comfortable seating, and computers for students who need them.
  • There is a daily bus service from Eskasoni and Membertou, which takes students who do not have access to transportation to and from Cape Breton University.
  • Unama’ki College offers the delivery of academic courses in Mi’kmaq communities.  The in-community courses take place in Eskasoni, Wagmatcook, Waycobah, Potlotek, Paqtnkek, Millbrook, Sipekne’katik (Indian Brook), and Listuguj.
  • Last, but not least, Unama’ki College has a very supportive receptionist who helps Indigenous students at CBU with things like:  faxing materials to Bands and Indigenous Affairs in regard to funding issues, mailing and faxing of graduate school applications, and helping to fill out CBU forms dealing with add/drop and course registration.