Academic Resources


The Engagement Coordinator is available to discuss any questions or concerns students may have, from academic and program questions to funding information or concerns to housing opportunities. Contact us to make an appointment with the advisor.

Computer Lab

Seven computers are available for students to use in the First Peoples' House for internet and printing. This space also offers a study area and bulletin board postings for current events, community information, employment and volunteer opportunities, and scholarships and bursaries.

Librarians in Residence

The librarians will be in the First Peoples' House for drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 1 - 3 p.m. In addition to Anne, we are pleased to welcome Kaia MacLeod, Leigha Rind and Minnie Bearchief to our support team.


My name is Anne (photo credit Hanne Pearce) and I'm the subject librarian for Native Studies. I also work with the staff of six First Nations college libraries across Alberta on the First Nations Information Connection (FNIC), a collaboration that involves a shared catalogue and research resources for students and faculty.

Two of the library's Indigenous Interns (Kayla and Lorisia) and I will be at ASSC on Wednesday afternoons to show you some ways to make research for your assignments easier! We can also put you in touch with your librarian for all your subject areas. You can contact the library any time for library help.

Sewell Reference Room

The Sewell Reference Room, created in honour of Catherine Sewell and with the help of generous donations, offers hundreds of book titles highlighting Aboriginal themes and stories. Students and staff may sign-out our books on a 3 week loan. More information on sign-out procedures is available in the First Peoples' House.


Writing Mentors

The Writing Mentors program supports current undergraduate First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students in their academics, in particular their writing skills. Every student has resiliency and the drive to succeed - the Writing Mentors provide the guidance and positive reinforcement to encourage this success.

The First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Writing Mentors will be assisting students with their course writing in a variety of disciplines. Mentors will be available in the First Peoples' House during specific time periods.

Chelsea Fritz

Hi, my name is Chelsea Fritz, and I am Metis from Fort McMurray, Alberta. I completed my English Honours degree from Mount Royal University in Calgary, where I also worked as a student facilitator in editing, grammar, and writing workshops. I am currently pursuing my Master's in English here at U of A with a focus on Indigenous and medieval literature.

My role at the First Peoples' House is a writing mentor, so if you need any assistance or a confidence boost for your writing assignments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

To book an appointment with me, please email me at

Deanna Steckler

I am originally from Long Plain First Nation located in Treaty 1 Territory (Portage la Prairie, MB), but my family relocated to Alberta when I was young. My mom was my first teacher; I grew up learning all about the rich history and traditional knowledge of my Dakota Sioux ancestors. Regardless of my path through university, these early lessons are my most valued.

I am a graduate student with a deep-seated love of biology and behavioural psychology. I attained a Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 by joining these two passions into the study of animal behaviour. Currently, I am a Master of Science, Biological Sciences student and part of the Edmonton Urban Coyote Project with Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair. My graduate thesis focuses on how coyote diet, habitat, and health may increase the transmission of parasites between wildlife and humans.

I am a new Writing Mentor for First Peoples' House. To this position, I bring a love of teaching, plenty of patience, and solid investment in student success. I am excited to share my knowledge with students while having fun and learning a lot along the way!

To book an appointment with me, please email me at

Jessica Schultz

Hello everyone!

My name is Jessica and I come from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am Indigenous (Saulteaux) Canadian and have ties to both Lake Manitoba First Nation and Sagkeeng First Nation. I graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2014 with my B.A. (Hons) in Psychology and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. I am now here at the U of A earning my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology.

I love working with students and helping you all improve your writing skills. I can help with any part of the writing process (coming up with a thesis statement, organizing your paper, identifying supporting documents/articles, interpreting journal articles, and APA formatting). As well, I can help at any time during the writing process (Not sure where to start? Let's come up with a plan! Think you're going off-topic/can't reach your word limit? Let's take a look. Finished and need help revising? We can do that!).

I can help with any course that falls under the social sciences or humanities area (think psychology, religion, philosophy, sociology, women's studies, etc.)

I am available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons.

I look forward to hearing from you!

To book an appointment with me, please email me at

Kat Fleury

Hi! My name is Kat Fleury and I am a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. I did my undergraduate at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, which is just one of 6 provinces that I've lived in. I studied biology and biochemistry, and am now working on my M.Sc in public health policy. I am happy to help with any lab reports you may be writing, as well as grant/scholarship applications. I am also comfortable with essay writing for arts and humanity courses and can help with most citation styles.

To book an appointment with me, please email me at

Melina Sinclair

My name is Melina, and I am one of the Writing Mentors for First Peoples' House this fall. I am Métis woman born and raised in Edmonton. I completed my Honors Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Alberta, and am currently in my first year of my Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Between my undergraduate and graduate programs, I worked for the Métis Nation of Alberta in health research. I am happy to help with the writing process at any stage, including planning, research, writing. I can also help with scholarship applications or anything else you may need to work on outside of your courses!

To book an appointment with me, please email me at