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Humber offers a wide range of services to support the Aboriginal student population including: Academic Services
Career Support and More
Aboriginal Student Services plans a variety of educational, cultural, and fun activities for all of our new and returning students. Come on out and meet new students.Aboriginal Student Services is also available to other Humber students who have questions, are working on projects or would like to get involved through volunteering.
The addition of Elder Services to the Student Services department at Humber provides the Aboriginal students with access to various resources including: cultural, historical and community information and referrals.
In the Aboriginal community, an Elder is a person with extensive cultural, historical and spiritual knowledge of Indigenous people, and has the ability to translate this knowledge into meaningful application for today’s world. An Elder has direct and comprehensive experience in his/her cultural and spiritual way of life. He/She has worked with youth, families and communities in the rural and urban environments. From a strong cultural foundation, Elders often work with the health, social and community services. In the learning field Elders have been instrumental in developing Indigenous educational models and strategies which encourage success for Aboriginal students. An Elder also has the ability to provide advice to students and individuals in need of:
As more and more Aboriginal people are seeking post secondary education it is imperative to select an individual(s) who can be flexible to meeting the needs of the students to encourage success in whatever field of study they choose. At Humber, an Aboriginal Elder is available to meet with students in a private environment to discuss personal or education related issues. Through Student Services the Elder is available to the students for educational and spiritual counselling and personal advice and reflection.
Among their many talents and skills an Elder should have the ability to facilitate workshops, provide presentations and teachings that will make Aboriginal culture relevant to the institution of learning and to the learning experience.
Elders are often called upon by individuals or groups to provide spiritual advice or traditional protocols for meetings, gatherings or special events and to facilitate group discussions.
Recognizing that an Elder is respected and acknowledged by the level of service, work and energy committed to their communities, an Elder should also be available to provide advice and information to staff and management in order to build a successful and healthy learning environment and experience for Aboriginal people in their educational pursuits.