Indigenous Students

Pjila’si – Welcome to the Indigenous Student Resource Center


Our mission is to work closely with all faculties and services to develop initiatives that support and benefit Indigenous students. We provide services that support your classroom, career, and personal needs in a manner consistent with Indigenous cultures and values to help make your educational experience positive and successful.

It is important that we acknowledge Acadia University is located in Kespukwitk, one of the seven districts of Mi’kma’ki, homeland of the Mi’kmaw people. We acknowledge the Treaties of Peace and Friendship and we thank the Mi’kmaw people for their generosity in sharing their homeland with us.

Your Advisor

Hello, my name is Dion Kaszas I am a Hungarian, Metis, and Nlaka’pamux member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada. I am your Indigenous student advisor and I am here to provide information, support, and referrals to prospective, new, and returning Indigenous students.

I can provide information and guidance on the following:

  • Academic advising
  • Adjustment to university life
  • Financial Aid, Scholarships & Bursaries
  • Assistance with educational band funding
  • Campus resources and Student Services programs
  • Off-campus resources for Indigenous peoples
  • Events of interest to Indigenous students
  • Mentorship
  • Some tutoring and proofreading

I also assist in the management and maintenance of Welkaqnik, events related to Indigenous peoples, and the Indigenous Students Resource Centre.

Support for Non-Indigenous Students

Non-Indigenous students are always welcome to contact me when seeking information and a better understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage, or for assistance with research projects. Acadia's "Working With Indigenous Peoples" handbook is also a helpful resource.

Dion Kaszas, Coordinator of Indigenous Affairs and Student Advising

 Working With Indigenous Peoples Handbook

Contact

Dion Kaszas, MA
Coordinator of Indigenous Affairs and Student Advising
Rhodes Hall, Room 103
21 University Ave
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

indigenous@acadiau.ca

Tel: 902.585.1602
Fax: 902.585.1093

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm