Indigenous Education Navigators

Indigenous Education Navigators are available through phone appointments on each campus and appointments can be booked online.

Indigenous Education Navigators are available to assist students in developing educational plans, liaise with instructors, or contact Indigenous sponsorship organizations. Having registered status is not a requirement to meet with a navigator. Campus orientation tours can be provided, and each navigator 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 Indigenous Education Navigator, please call 1-800-715-0914 (toll-free in Canada) or email indigenousnavigators@nic.bc.ca.

Meet the Navigators

Campbell River

Rylee LaTrace
Rylee LaTrace (* Rylee is out of office and will return in January 2023)

Rylee comes from a Cree and Anishinaabe family with roots in Saskatchewan and the Turtle Mountain Reserve of North Dakota. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and obtained an Indigenous Studies Diploma from Camosun College and then a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with an Indigenous Specialization from the University of Victoria. Rylee is studying to obtain her Master of Social Work with an Indigenous Specialization at UVIC.

Comox Valley

Willow Hunt-Scott
Willow Hunt-Scott

Willow has Kwaguʼł, Ma’amtigila, Taku River Tlingit, and Scottish/English ancestral roots. She grew up in Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) and later moved to Denman Island. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the First Nations Studies program at Vancouver Island University and is a graduate of the Indigenous Youth Internship Program. Willow understands the complexities of being an Indigenous person attending post-secondary institutions including small college campus settings and larger universities.

Port Alberni

Luke George

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.

Port Hardy

Rebecca MacKenzie
Rebecca MacKenzie

Rebecca is a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation as well as having Scottish Canadian roots. She was raised in Chilliwack but has called some part of Vancouver Island home since 2005 and is happy to now call the North Island home. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in French, Bachelor of Education in Secondary Education and a Certificate and Diploma in Special Education from the University of Victoria.