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Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact us at: fphl@trentu.ca 

Office Hours: 

Monday to Friday: 9am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4pm

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Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7905
Email: dawnlavellharvard@trentu.ca

Dr. Dawn Lavell Harvard, Ph.D., is a proud member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women as the President of the Ontario Native Women's Association since 2003. After serving as Vice-president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada for three years, Dawn was elected National President at the 41st Annual General Assembly, July 11, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec. After fulfilling her promise to see the MMIWG Inquiry initiated, in October 2016, Dawn left her role as National Leader and took on the role of Director at the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.

Sandra Tomatuk, Finance OfficerWoman with glasses and in a blue shirt smiling

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7274
Email: sandratomatuk@trentu.ca

Sandra is the Finance Officer for the First Peoples House of Learning and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies.  She is a member of the Cree Nation of Eastmain, from Moose Factory Ontario; Trent ’03. Come out to the teepee for bannock and tea.

Woman in blue jacket smilingStephanie Nelson, Indigenous Student Success Coordinator (Retention Services and Programming)

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7358
Email: stephanienelson@trentu.ca

Stéphanie Nelson supports students in exploring their beliefs about themselves as learners, their university experience, and their world. She believes learning is a lifelong process and has modeled this by being a student at St-Lawrence College, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, Canadore College and Wilfrid Laurier University. She has also supported her personal growth through many land-based Traditional programs and experiences. The most rewarding aspect of her job is engaging with the curiosity and creativity of students.

Ryan Grey-BradyRyan Gray-Brady, Indigenous Enrolment Advisor (Recruitment)

Telephone: 705 748 1011 Ext. 6228
Email: rgraybrady@trentu.ca 

Ryan Gray-Brady is Michi Saagiig Nishinaabeg and a member of Hiawatha First Nation and has relations in Alderville First Nation. Ryan has two undergraduate degrees, one from Carleton University ('15), majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Psychology, and a second from Trent University ('17), majoring in Indigenous Studies. His studies focused on topics such as revitalization, resurgence and reconciliation, and Indigenous history in Canada (which included treaties, Residential School, the Sixties Scoop, etc…). Ryan understands the impact and experiences that a positive post-secondary education can provide for preparation for the future.

Woman in purple dress smiling against red background.Betty Carr-Braint, MSW, RSW, Cultural Advisor/Indigenous Counselor

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7072
Email: bettycarrbraint@trentu.ca

Betty Carr-Braint, MSW, RSW, has her Indigenous based Masters of Social Work. She also holds certificates in Traditional Healing and Counseling, Indigenous Community Health Approaches and Indigenous Addiction Services. She is also a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Betty has over twenty years’ experience in the Social Work field specializing in Indigenous based practices and programming.

Nancy Hanlon, MSW, Indigenous Student Counselor

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7949
Email: nancyhanlon@trentu.ca