Manager – Indigenous Services
Oki! Welcome to Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan (Stone Pipe, the Blackfoot name for Lethbridge College). On behalf on Indigenous Services, I am honoured to welcome you to our community. I am a very humble Indigenous woman continuing to learn my Ojibway history and culture. My father is from the Brokenhead First Nation and my mother is of settler origin. I am truly honoured to be a visitor on traditional Blackfoot territory and I want to thank our many Elders and community members for welcoming me with open arms and for teaching me the traditional Blackfoot ways. I have been at Lethbridge College for 14 years in various roles and capacities with always one important goal in mind – assisting our Indigenous students be successful on their journey of attaining a post-secondary. My current role as manager of Indigenous Services allows me to oversee the circle of services, implement the Niitsitapi Strategy and create meaningful community engagement opportunities with Indigenous communities, stakeholders, students and staff. Family is everything to me – I am married to my amazing, supportive husband Matt, and together we have one child, Ari, who is the light of our lives. In all, I welcome each and every one of you to the Indigenous Services family and look forward to continuing to meet many new faces, build relationships and provide you with a “home away from home.”
Recruiter – Indigenous Focus
Career & Academic Advisor – Indigenous Focus
Oki, I am a proud Kainaikoan (Blood Tribe member). As an Alumna of Lethbridge College 2010 and the University of Lethbridge 2016, I draw on my personal experience to support Lethbridge College students with achieving their post-secondary goals. As the Recruiter - Indigenous Focus I provide campus tours and school visits to interested prospective and current students. As the Career and Academic Advisor - Indigenous Focus, I provide advice on academic programs, admission requirements, registration, university transfers, support services and much more. When I am not assisting students, you can find me doing something creative like cooking for my family, painting, or creating traditional crafts such as moccasins and beadwork. As part of the Indigenous Collective Team I am eager to connect and support all Indigenous learners.
Spiitawakasi (Tall Deer)
Coordinator of Student Support and Experience – Indigenous Services
I come from the Piikani Nation located in southwestern Alberta. I am very strong believer in the Blackfoot culture. My experiences serving the Indigenous community in various capacities have ranged from leadership to post-secondary education. I bring a very grounded perspective to the Indigenous Services team at Lethbridge College. Currently, I am serving as the Indigenous Student Support and Experience coordinator for Indigenous Services. I am married and have two children. I really enjoy watching hockey. I also enjoy going to powwows in the summertime and being out in nature. I can usually be found in the Niitsitapi Gathering Place or in my office when I am on campus.
Marcia Black Water
Iito’tawoahkaakii (Walking Beside)
Indigenous Coordinator – Centre of Applied Arts and Sciences
Oki. As part of Lethbridge College Indigenous Collective Team, welcome to the Indigenous Services home on the college website. I am a proud Siksikaitsitapiiaaki (Blackfoot woman); my maternal relations have me born and raised a member of the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation with paternal relations in the Siksika Nation. In all I do, my husband and our three children are my center. I am alumna of both Lethbridge College (2004) and the University of Lethbridge (2009). Professionally, I have been with Lethbridge College since 2014, first with Indigenous Services and currently with the Centre of Applied Arts and Science (CAAS). My current role as Indigenous Coordinator of CAAS allows me to teach Indigenous Studies courses and dedicate thought to developing Indigenous content to be included in programs throughout the college. Stories are important and I believe from sharing and listening our stories we gain insight and knowledge that will become significant to you. Education is a prominent part of my story. Whether you are a new or continuing student, or member of the college’s alumni community, sometime down the road share with me the Lethbridge College story you carry with you.