Indigenous Student Mentors

Starting a new semester or attending a new school can be a bit overwhelming at first. It can take some time for new and returning students to adjust to university life.

The Indigenous Student Mentor Program aims to connect new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students with senior Indigenous students at Augustana. Our fabulous Peer Mentors help incoming students connect with the community, become acquainted with the university, and provide guidance and encouragement to students as they transition to university life in Camrose.

2019 - 2020 Indigenous Peer Mentors!

Madison James

MaddyMadison James is a returning Indigenous Student Mentor for the 2019/2020 school year. She is currently enrolled in her 5th year of a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Major, Management Minor and Community Service Learning Certificate). While assuming this position, she has had the opportunity to assist Indigenous students to transition into University life. Growing up in the small northern community of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she brings a unique view on what it is like to move away from home, family and friends; while still wanting to pursue a post-secondary education. This role has afforded her the opportunity to learn about other Indigenous persons, their cultures, their needs, etc. She looks forward to meeting and developing positive relationships and guidance with other indigenous students and providing a sense of community.

Emily Peterson

EmilyHello! My name is Emily Peterson and I am a fourth-year majoring in Visual Arts. I am from Leduc, AB (originally from MB), and am super excited to be a peer mentor this year! Since moving to Alberta, Augustana and the Indigenous Student Services Space has really provided me with the resources and the knowledge to expand on and learn about my Métis heritage. I am very passionate about giving people the opportunity to embrace their own heritage as well as learn about others, so that is why I'm so glad to be a part of this mentorship and meet all of you!

I am very active with other events and volunteer work around the school, such as being a senior ambassador for the Campus Visits program and running the Student Art show two years in a row, and I am also president of the Indigenous Club: a group that promotes cultural learning mixed with fun activities. Although I like to stay busy, I'm always up for a tea at FIKA or just a chat, and will most likely be found in the Indigenous Students' Community Space pretty much all hours of the day.


Rebecca Petrie

RebeccaRebecca Petrie is a fifth year Kinesiology student from Tomahawk, Alberta. She plays on the women's volleyball team and hopes to become a speech language pathologist. When she isn't studying or on the courts, you can find her at the gym or looking at pictures of dogs. Her favorite food is tacos and her favorite shows are New Girl and Shameless. She is excited to be an Indigenous Peer Mentor this year and looks forward to connecting with new students.

ASA Indigenous Student Representative

The Indigenous Students' Representative represents all Indigenous students on the Augustana Students' Association Council. This position is elected annually by all Indigenous students at Augustana. Elections are held in March (by-election in September if the seat is open after March). For more information, contact the Augustana Students' Association.

2018-2019 Indigenous Student Representative - Abigail Lee

ALeeAbigail Lee is the Indigenous Students' Representative for the 2018/2019 school year. She is a second year Chemistry major and a Biology minor and aspiring to become a General Practitioner. Growing up in Coaldale, Alberta, she wanted to expand her knowledge of her Métis heritage and culture. Since attending university she found that the Aboriginal Students' Office was a great resource to connect and learn about the culture and meet new people on campus. The many workshops and opportunities offered helped her in her first year to gain knowledge and a want to be in this position. She enjoys having tea and napping when she is not being involved around campus. She has a passion for making change, through direct impact on the issues she believes in. As the Indigenous Students' Representative, she wants to create connections through the diversity on campus. She will do this by creating events with Indigenous ties that everyone on campus can enjoy. The hope is that people will be able to increase their knowledge about Indigenous culture and be more aware of the different cultures present on campus. Feel free to contact her at

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