AUArts launches Indigenous peer mentorship program

October 9, 2019

The Alberta University of the Arts has launched the Aahwaatkamooksi Peer Mentorship Program to support first-year Indigenous students in their transition to postsecondary education. The Blackfoot word “Aahwaatkamooksi” describes the program’s aim of connecting first-year Indigenous students with older Indigenous students and Elders to support their academic, personal, and cultural growth. “The [program’s] goal is to gain retention and successful completion of their endeavours, to have a sense of belonging and connection,” explains Casey Eagle Speaker of AUArts’ Elder Council. AUArts (AB)