Aboriginal educational advisors are available to assist students in developing educational plans, liaise with instructors, or contact Aboriginal sponsorship organizations. Having registered status is not a requirement to meet with an advisor.
Campus orientation tours can be provided, and each advisor has an open door, drop-in policy. If you live outside Campbell River, Port Alberni, Port Hardy and the Comox Valley and would like to speak to an Aboriginal advisor, please call 1-800-715-0914.
Meet the Advisors
Samantha Webster was born and raised on the North Island and is a member of 'Namgis First Nation. She graduated from University of the Fraser Valley with Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in anthropology/sociology as well as an Associate of Arts degree in International and Development Studies. She has previous experience working in First Nations housing as well as advocacy for Aboriginal families. However, after living in the Fraser Valley for almost a decade she is pleased to have the opportunity to move back home to work and raise her three children. Samantha is passionate about removing barriers to education and is very excited to be supporting current and prospective students in reaching their academic and career goals.
Liz is of Algonquin and Scottish ancestry, descended from the nation of Pikwàkanagàn. Her spirit name is neso achakos/nij anangosh, meaning “two stars.” After completing her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University in 1997, she began teaching in Kashechewan First Nation and has since taught all ages, from pre-school to university, both at home and abroad. Liz is excited to share her passions for education and culture with the students at NIC and enjoys helping people achieve their dreams.
Luke comes from the Tseshaht community, and was raised in the territories of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations in Port Alberni. He has worked for National Parks and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and was an elected leader of his community.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Malaspina University College. He is happy to meet with students to discuss their dreams and goals.
Marilyn Brotchie, Aboriginal education advisor
Marilyn is a member of the Quatsino First Nation and completed 4 years of post-secondary studies at VIU and NIC and is currently completing our Aboriginal Leadership certificate. Marilyn has also served as an elected leader for the Quatsino First Nation, and has strong ties to her community as well as neighboring communities. She brings considerable knowledge from working in community and first-hand experience of the positive impact a NIC advisor can have on a student’s education journey.