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Bo Kim, Department Assistant

Bo is your frontline resource at the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre who assists with the day to day operations and programming of the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre. She will direct you to our staff at the ASRC, help you with university-wide questions, and assist you with tasks such as scanning, photocopying and printing. A great resource person, she can help you discover the many services the university has to offer.

Bo.Kim@concordia.ca
514-848-2424, ext. 7327


Vicky Boldo, Elder

The Aboriginal Student Resource Centre is pleased to announce we will have additional support from Elder, Vicky Boldo, to help us finish out the semester.

Vicky Boldo was born in British Columbia and raised on Vancouver Island. She is a transracial adoptee from the '60's Scoop Era. Although she was placed for adoption at birth, she is a strong ally to the survivors of this time. Vicky is of Cree/Coast Salish/Métis heritage. Vicky is a registered energy medicine practitioner (ANQ) and has a certificate in journalism for Concordia. As a research coordinator, she is passionate about effecting change in policy, education and attitudes in social work, health care and education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

She is highly involved in and around the city as Co-Chair of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK. Vicky sits on the boards of the Native Women's Shelter and of Montreal's First People's Justice Centre as Vice-president and she is on the (Police Service of Montreal) SPVM Aboriginal Advisory Committee. In 2016, she resigned from her coordinator position in women's reproductive medicine with McGill University Health Centers (MUHC) to pursue her passions within the Urban community full-time.

Vicky has presented her personal healing journey in Australia to the mob at Link-up Queensland in 2012 and to the 2nd International Indigenous Voices in Social Work in Winnipeg in 2013.  She regularly guest lectures at schools, universities and colleges as well as to child and family services and public and private sector organizations.

She is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 4. The healing journey that Vicky has been on for over 25 years has brought her to a place of strength and compassion. Her joy in living is matched by her desire to give back to the community.

Vicky.Boldo@concordia.ca
514-848-2424, ext. 5029

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Laurence Lainesse, Mentor/Support Assistant to Aboriginal students

Laurence grew up on the South Shore of Montreal and has been living on Tiohtiá:ke for the past five years.

Laurence recently graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW), and is a strong ally to the Montreal urban Indigenous community and the anti-colonial struggle.  She was given the opportunity to work closely with Indigenous educators, facilitators and service providers throughout her post-secondary years. These opportunities have included being co-supervised by Catherine Richardson PhD (University of Montreal) and Vicky Boldo (Concordia University ASRC). These experiences combined with being involved in her student union have provided tools and immeasurable opportunities to reflect on personal privilege as a white settler. 

Since 2015, Laurence has been involved with ATD Fourth World, a global movement working “All Together in Dignity” to overcome poverty. She is a teaching assistant, a research coordinator/ assistant and is in a graduate program in sociology in which she aspires to continue to critique and disrupt the role of social work within the present colonial structure. 

Art appeared in Laurence’s life few years ago and has become a powerful tool for social change; particularly to (re)humanize relations with ourselves in order to create spaces for solidarity in the struggles. She will be available at the Center to assist/supporting students from organizing events, to reading papers, course registration, scholarships or simply to have a conversation.

Laurence is a sister, a daughter, a grand-daughter and a listener. She loves to read, create and to be engaged.

Laurence.Lainesse@concordia.ca
514-848-2424, ext. 7332


Faye Mullen, Mentor/Support Assistant to Aboriginal students

A Niagara born mixed 2spirit Anishinaabekwe, Faye is a transdisciplinary artist. Within her community she is a sister, earthworker, writer, pedagogue, auntie, art maker and a young Midewiwin healer.

Faye works through performative gesture and a research practice making site-specific interventions, sound installations, images both moving and still. Through a mixed Anishinaabe/settler perspective, she works to world queer imaginings and decolonial ways of being.  Faye has participated in several international artist residencies and has been exhibited in exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe and across Turtle Island. Over the years, she has initiated not-for-profit community art spaces, urban youth retreats, artists’ residencies, has taught in undergraduate programs and facilitated many workshops making space for embodied ways of knowing.

She holds a degree in Fine Art (OCAD, Toronto + ENSBA, Paris), masters degrees in both Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (UofT, Toronto + Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing). Bilingual (french/english) from childhood and learning Anishinaabemowin some years counting, she recently situated her practice in Tiohtiá:ke where she is completing doctoral studies in Research + Creation with a focus in feminist studies at UQÀM. For her, research is considered ceremony and explores ways to braid possibilities for resurgence through art making.

Faye holds a position in her practice that considers the effect of an imposed silence crossing generations. Acknowledging that for settler colonialism, imposed silences were (and remain) a tool for (land/body) dispossession. For her this is considered and worked through as a site of trauma. By way of conversation, storytelling, Ceremony and creative handwork, Faye wishes to unearth silences and come to know them as the agent bodies they once were and have the potential to still be.

Faye looks forward to holding space with Indigenous students in their journey at Concordia.

Faye.Mullen@concordia.ca
514-848-2424, ext. 7332

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Orenda Konwawennotion Boucher-Curotte, Coordinator

Orenda Konwawennontion Boucher-Curotte is the new Coordinator of the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre. Orenda brings a wealth of experience to the role having been the Coordinator and heart and soul of the Dawson College First Peoples’ Centre for the past year or so. In that short time, she has worked closely with her colleagues at Dawson to raise the profile of the FPC both internally and externally. With Orenda’s careful leadership the FPC has doubled the number of students coming through its doors and initiated new projects such as the Three Sister Garden.  Orenda, a Concordia graduate, has extensive experience teaching at the CEGEP and university levels and is currently completing a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Orenda.Boucher@concordia.ca
514-848-2424 ext. 7326


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