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).

Join us for a Virtual Indigenous Student Lounge. Please email indigenousadvising@nic.bc.ca for the online meeting link.

Meet the Navigators

Campbell River

Rylee LaTrace
Rylee LaTrace

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.

Comox Valley

Sarah Lawrence (Currently on leave. Please contact Luke George at luke.george@nic.bc.ca or Rylee LaTrace at rylee.latrace@nic.bc.ca)

Sarah is a Cowichan Tribes member, who was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley and grew up on the Koksilah Territory. She is a registered social worker who recently completed her Bachelor of Social Work at VIU. Sarah works with Indigenous students to explore career paths, develop educational plans, find funding opportunities and smooth students transition to college. She is also eager to develop working relationships with local First Nations, Tribal Councils and Indigenous funding agencies.

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

This position is currently being filled. Please contact Luke George at luke.george@nic.bc.ca or Rylee LaTrace at rylee.latrace@nic.bc.ca.