Circle of Care
Fleming College recognizes that First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities are unique and often times Fleming students are traveling from far distances to attend college. We believe that by creating a community of all Aboriginal peoples on campus that we can strive to succeed and encourage one another through this sometimes challenging experience.
Fleming Aboriginal Student Support Services does its utmost to facilitate as many student issues as possible; however, we also understand that services provided by designated Support Staff should be complimented by Aboriginal peoples from the surrounding communities. All of us together play an important role in the success of Aboriginal students here at Fleming and we are very fortunate to have Aboriginal faculty and staff as well as local Elders and Traditional Teachers who have offered to provide guidance and make themselves available to you if you have any questions, concerns or cultural needs.
Our "Circle of Care" comprises a group of individuals fully invested in supporting your individual development and academic success. Together we strive to promote spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellness, strengthening our connectedness and community.
We were all students at one time as well, and realize the importance of these relationships.
The Circle of Care Staff
Elder Shirley WilliamsBA (Trent), N.L.I.P Dip. (Lakehead), MA (York)
Shirley Williams is member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island. She has been teaching language and culture at Trent University for 18 years and still has continued teaching on part time basis after her retirement. She is an elder in the PHD Program at Trent and also in the Indigenous Studies dept. She has taught courses on Ojibway/Odawa from Introduction, Intermediate and a 4th year courses. She has taught an Identity course, Environment, Understanding Residential School and Immersion language courses and Ojibway language.
Shirley has been teaching for 15 summers at Lakehead University for the Native Language Instructors Program on Orthography, Methods including Child Development and Ojibway Literature.
She has travelled extensively throughout Ontario Universities and colleges, including Indigenous communities and internationally to New Zealand, and Hawai'i, Australia doing lectures and doing workshops.
Shirley has many stories, experiences, and lessons to share with us, and we are honoured to have her visit with students at Fleming.
If you are interested in meeting with Shirley, please contact Kylie Fox, or Ashkineeg-kwa Whetung (Aboriginal Student Service Coordinators), to find out when Shirley visits next, or to book a one-on-one meeting with her. Miigwetch!
Kylie FoxAnishnaabeg-ekinoomaagozinjin enaadimowaad
Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator, Sutherland Campus
Boozhoo, hello. Gete Oskode Mnidoo Kwe nDizhinikaz, Kleinburg nDoonjeba, Wikwemikong nDoonjii, Nogojiwanong, Peterborough megwa ndeda, Anishnaabekwe ndow.
My name is Kylie Fox and I grew up in Kleinburg, Ontario just north of Toronto. I am Dutch through my mother's side of the family and Anishnaabe through my father and grandfather who are members of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Although raised in the Greater Toronto Area, I spent much of my time visiting with family in Pickerel River Indian Reserve, which is now part of Henvey Inlet First Nation (just south of Sudbury, Ontario). My recent work experiences include working on Aboriginal related initiatives and projects with the Ministry of Government Services, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and the Ministry of Natural Resources. I began working at Fleming College, as the Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator in September of 2010. In this role, I enjoy working with First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students on campus, and facilitating programs and workshops that promote Aboriginal student success. As the Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator, I am responsible for supporting Aboriginal student life, promoting Aboriginal culture, engaging in community relationship building initiatives and implementing programming and services that support the access, retention and success of Aboriginal learners at the Sutherland Campus. I have many events planned for this school year, so please don't be shy and come on out, I look forward to meeting you! Miigwetch, Baamaa.
Tommy AkulukjukNunaqqaaqsimajunut iliniaqtinut ikajuqti
Aboriginal Student Services Coordinator, Frost Campus
Tommy Akulukjuk is originally from Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, Nunavut. He grew up hunting and camping with his parents and his 3 brothers and 4 sisters. He is an Inuit and speaks Inuktitut fluently.
After high school, he studied at Nunavut Sivuniksavut (a college affiliated with Algonquin College) in Ottawa On, learning about Inuit history and studying the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement.
After completing college, he has worked with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national Inuit organization, the Nunavut government and various Inuit organizations, dealing with issues that matter to Inuit, such as language, education, suicide, and land claim issues.
He looks forward to being a positive member of Fleming College and helping Aboriginal students succeed in achieving their goals.
Mark GrayManager of Student Life
Hello, my name is Mark Gray and I help manage Aboriginal student supports at Fleming College. I am a Fleming graduate (from a long time ago) from the Frost Campus in Lindsay and also taught there for a number of years. Now, I help manage a variety of student services departments across the college. I originally come from London Ontario but I call the Kawarthas my home now, as I have been here over half my life. I have two children and love to play hockey, wander the woods and back country north of Peterborough, as well as act, in local theatre productions. The Kawarthas have a rich history of Indigenous spirit, and knowledge, and I am proud to live here and work with our Indigenous communities.
Tasha BeedsFaculty/Indigenous Studies Specialist
Tasha Beeds is of nêhiyaw (Cree) and mixed Trinidadian ancestry. She grew up with her mother's family in and around the nêhiyaw territories of wâskahikaniyiniwak (the House People): mistawâsis (Big Child) and atâhk-akohp (Star Blanket), as well as in the nêhiyaw-Mètis territories of nêwo-nâkiwin (Mont Nebo) and Batoche in north central Saskatchewan. She holds a B.A. High Honours in English and Indigenous Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies from the Frost Center at Trent University. Tasha taught various English and Indigenous Studies classes at the First Nations University of Canada in Saskatoon for 8 years as well as at the University of Saskatchewan and Trent University. She credits her many First Nations and Mètis students for inspiring her own return to academia.
Since moving to the territories of the Mississauga, she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from Anishinaabe Elders Shirley Williams, Edna Manitowabi, and Doug Williams as well as Knowledge Keepers Liz Osawamick, Georgina Cowie-Rogers, and Paul Bourgeois. She has walked for the Water under the guidance of Josephine Mandamin, Shirley Williams, and Liz Osawamick for the past two years and will walk again this year. She is also an initiate into the Minweyweygaan Midewiwin Lodge, Roseau River First Nations, Manitoba.
Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University under the direction of Metis writer/activist and Elder Maria Campbell and Dr. Paula Sherman. Her research is SSHRC funded and focuses on re-energizing existing nêhiyaw knowledge paradigms into contemporary frameworks.
Beedahbin PeltierFaculty of Indigenous Studies, School of General Arts and Science
Biidaabun nDizhinikaz, Wiikwemikoong, Mnidoo Mnising nDoonjeba, Waawaashkesh nDoodem, Anishinaabe, Potawatomi nDa'aw, Nogojiwanong, Peterborough megwa ndeda.
My name is Beedahbin, I grew up in Wiikwemikoong Unceded Reserve, on beautiful Manitoulin Island. I am Deer clan and I am Anishinaabe Potawatomi/Odawa. Ten years ago I left my community to attend Trent University and have come to love the territory of Nogojiwanong, including the diversity of people.
Cristine RegoFaculty in the Social Service Worker Program, School of Community Development and Health
Boozhoo, Aanii, Waaseyaankwadook indizhinikaaz. Mooz indoodem. Obishikokaang indoonjii. Anishinaabe-kwe niin indaaw. Hello, my name is Cristine Rego and I am from Lac Seul First Nation. I am a Registered Social Worker, and teach full time in the School of Justice and Community Health. I have a background in provincial and federal corrections, crisis work, private practice, consulting, education and professional education. I have presented my work at the national and international level and I am currently working on my Ph D in Social Work. My research interests include Intergenerational Trauma, Violence Against Women, Traditional Healing practices, Cultural Safety and addictions and mental health. I am committed to ensuring positive health outcomes for our people. I am a strong social activist and in 2008 and 2010 I received the Women of Distinction Award from the Sudbury YWCA for my work. Education that is culturally safe has been a focus for a number of years and I support the students and staff at Fleming as we work together for success.