Indigenous Education and Community Engagement
VCC on-campus Elders
VCC on-campus Elders provide strong advice and natural guidance for Indigenous students and the VCC community. Elders visit the gathering spaces and meet with students on a one‐on‐one basis or group setting. Elders provide cultural teachings and support, Indigenous wisdom, and traditional counselling (in-person or online).
- Broadway campus - Elder John Sam
- Gathering Space, building B, room 2232
- Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Downtown campus - Elder Jean Wasegijig
- Gathering Space, room 100 J-M
- Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Elder Dee George
“…I ask the creator to guide you in all the work that you do here and at home, and that you stay here will be a learning success. I wish you love and success in all that you do.” - Elder Dee
Elder John Sam
Wolf Clan of Tutchone/Tlingit (Dene Nation), Whitehorse, Yukon
Elder Jean Wasegijig
Odawa First Nation, Wikwemikoong Reserve in northern Ontario
"I believe in balance, harmony, and healing for our people and this is what I focus on in my work. We are all part of a circle, the circle of life, where there is no beginning and no end, where we all are equal in the eyes of the creator. From my Odawa grandmother and the Elders generosity, I received priceless traditional teaching." - Elder Jean
Elder Jean is Odawa First Nation, from the Wikwemikoong Reserve in northern Ontario. Her traditional name is “Good Medicine Woman” a name that was given to her at a sun dance ceremony in Montana. Elder Jean participates in ceremonies and cultural traditions, and continues her counselling work in the community. She is a mother and grandmother.
Elder Jean teaches the Indigenous Perspective course at Vancouver Community College and is also one of the On-campus Elders. Elder Jean facilitates cultural workshops, medicine wheel teachings and Indigenous history. As well Jean is a writer, published poet and artist.