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Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7905
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 Officer
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7274
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.
Ashley Lamothe Indigenous Student Success Coordinator (Retention Services and Programming)
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7358
Ashley Lamothe, B.H.Sc., is a proud Anishnaabekwe/Metis mother to two tiny humans. She holds a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences, Certifications in Facilitation, Indigenous Women's Leadership, and Digital Media. Ashley started her own business Creative Kwe and loves combining Indigenous ways of knowing with creativity to create safe spaces for Indigenous people to thrive. In her role at FPHL, Ashley supports students in exploring their beliefs about themselves as learners, their university experience, and their world; providing Academic, Financial, and Housing Supports. To book an appointment with Ashley, please follow this link: Student Success Booking
Laraine Hale, (H)BSW, MSW, RSW, Cultural Counsellor
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7949
Laraine Hale, (H)BSW, MSW, RSW, is FPHL's Cultural Counsellor. She is a woman of mixed ancestry (English, Irish, Haudenosaunee & Cherokee). The seventh of eight children, Laraine is a mother, daughter, sister, Auntie and friend.
As a clinical social worker, specializing in the field of trauma recovery and Indigenous perspectives, Laraine's practice relies on relationship, respect and reciprocity. Grounded in Cultural Safety and Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing), the fabric of this journey is stitched together with the connections, customs, words and wisdom of those who accompany her. This tapestry has proven both robust and enduring, resplendent in its core convictions, commitments, and composition.
Dr. Rachael Nicholls, Ph.D. Access and Mentorship Coordinator
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7915
Dr. Rachael Nicholls, Ph.D., is FPHL's Access and Mentorship Coordinator, providing a wide range of supports to Indigenous Students at Trent, with a specialized focus on Foundations of Indigenous Learning Diploma Program students.
James Miller, Indigenous Enrolment Advisor
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 6228
James Miller, Omàmiwininì-Anishinaabe (Algonquin-Anishinaabe), Pinesi Doodem (Ruffed Grouse Clan) is one of FPHL's Indigenous Enrolment Advisors. He provides support and assistance to incoming Indigenous Students at Trent, from recruitment and outreach through to application, enrolment and registration.
Kelli Marshall, Indigenous Enrolment Advisor
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 6228
Kelli Marshall is an Anishinabe Kwe from the Miichi Saagiig territory of Hiawatha First Nation. She represents the Pike Clan. She is an activist, dancer, and storyteller, mother, daughter, sister and Auntie. She is a proud graduate of PCVS's Integrated Arts Program and Fleming College. She has been dancing pow-wow for ten years. Kelli has travelled to many communities across Turtle Island, learning, sharing and teaching different dance styles. Dancing has taken her to many places from The Main Stage at The Junos to tiny villages in Nova Scotia and she loved each and every opportunity she was given. She is now the Indigenous Enrolment Advisor for First People House of Learning at Trent University. Kelli travels to communities all over Ontario to recruit brilliant Indigenous youth to Trent University. She knows that every student deserves to be in post-secondary. That education is part of reclaiming. When you have Indigenous Knowledge combined with the best in Western Education, there is nothing our students can’t do.
Angeni Lovelady, Two-Spirit Program Coordinator
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7917
Angeni Lovelady is a Niizh-Manidoowag (Two-Spirit) person of mixed ancestry (Algonquin Aniishinaabeg and Scottish/English). They are the Two-Spirit Program Coordinator at FPHL and focus their work on creating engaging and inclusive programming for Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer students within Trent University as well as educating the broader community on Two-Spirit knowledge and history.
Lorenzo Whetung, Cultural Advisor
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7072
Lorenzo Whetung (BA Hons, B.Ed) is an Elder and Knowledge Keeper who takes great pleasure in sharing his culture and teachings with others. Lorenzo has worked in the field of education for all his adult life, including the Curve Lake Day Care Center and Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board. Lorenzo attended Trent University where he participated in school life including as president of TUNA. During Lorenzo’s time as a public-school teacher, he built a strong understanding of the needs of Indigenous students. He supported non-Indigenous students and educators alike in their desire to learn about Indigenous culture. Over the years Lorenzo has recognized the need to work for and with his community so he devoted his time as Education Manager for Curve Lake First Nation and as an elected Council member. Lorenzo owns and operates his own business, Gabeshiwin: A Place to Gather by The Fire, where people can participate in Indigenous Reconciliatory Experiences. Lorenzo feels lucky to have grown up in Curve Lake at a time when he and his twelve siblings could experience life on the land, where they were raised to be respectful of their environment and in awe of all they had around them. It is with great pride and pleasure that Lorenzo is now able to help shape the understanding of people about Indigenous culture through his work as the Cultural Advisor in the First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University.