Carla Loewen is a member of the Mathis Colomb Cree Nation and has been a student advisor at the University of Manitoba since 2005. She is the program facilitator of the Qualico Bridge to Success and Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Programs. Campus recognitions include the U of M's Annual Outreach Award in 2011 and a Team Award from the Annual Awards of Excellence program in 2014. Carla completed her Master of Education degree in 2016 in Adult and Post-Secondary Education and examined student retention and student development theory in relation to peer mentoring and its connection to Indigenous student success. She holds additional degrees in Education (2001) and Arts (2003).
Justin Rasmussen, who is Métis and from Ile Des Chênes, is the coordinator of the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment student leadership development program at the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC). In 2014, Justin received his PhD in biological sciences from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BSc in geography in 2003, and from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in zoology in 2006, and an MSc in zoology in 2008. In 2017, Justin was the recipient of a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 6 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award and The University of Manitoba Leadership Award. Justin is also an alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Justin is dedicated to supporting students in a holistic learning environment and providing students with an outstanding post-secondary experience.
Carl Stone (B.A.) was born and raised by his Grandmother Eliza Stone on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Grandmother Stone was a respected Elder and of the Anishinaabe Midewin Society. For the last 42 years Carl has been active in the reclaiming of the Anishinaabe Spiritual and Cultural ways of the people. In the mid 1970’s, Carl was one of seven young men of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who played a significant role in bringing back the Traditional Drum to the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. After 100 years of silence the Brokenhead Drum sounded it’s voice again. Carl has worked as a student advisor and instructor for the Indigenous Student Centre at the U of M since 1999 and also sits on numerous advisory committees. Carl also works as an Elders helper and guest lectures on Traditional Teachings and Spirituality. Carl has been honored to receive an award in recognition of his leadership, mentorship and in creating and promoting a positive work environment both at the University of Manitoba and in the community.
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