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Student & alumni profiles

Meet some of our exceptional students and alumni. Their work will inspire you to do great things!

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Shiann Wahéhshon Whitebean, BA First Peoples Studies, 2016-2017 Arts and Science Scholar, Kanien'kehà:ka of Kahnawà:ke, Wolf Clan

"My recommendation would be with hard work and dedication, you can reach your goals and you will succeed. Do not doubt for a second that you belong here, there is a place for you and people to welcome and guide you. Never hesitate to ask for help or accept the services offered by the ASRC."

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Corey Thomas, BFA Jazz Studies Gesgapegiag, Mik Maq Nation, Quebec

"I would like to take what I’ve learned and teach those whom haven’t had the opportunity to learn music due to cultural or economic boundaries. Within my academic career, I wish to obtain my master’s and maybe create a work which will represent the accumulation of my knowledge and experience."

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Bailey Olivia Watson, BA Human Environment, Cree from OchapowaceFirst Nation, Saskatchewan

Along with the Human Environment Program, the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre was a big draw for my choosing Concordia and I felt comforted knowing that a few of my friends had attended this university. My main goal in life was always to participate in the continued development of First Nations collaboration on a national scale in order to become greater than the sum of our parts. 

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Aidan Thorne, BFA Painting and Drawing, Carrier Nation/Cowichan First Nation, B.C.

I chose Concordia because I just felt like it was my destiny. I had also visited Montreal before and looked forward to seeing some friends again. I always loved to doodle and am in the Painting and Drawing program; I want to be an art therapist and am dedicated to healing and being healed through play which is the birthplace of art, music and laughter.

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George Lenser, BA First Peoples Studies, Nisga'a, Wet'suwet'en and Squamish, Frog clan, Terrace, Northern B.C.

I made my decision to attend Concordia upon hearing great things through some friends about the school and availability of the program offered as First Peoples Studies. My goals are to open an Aboriginal restaurant and be a knowledgeable business owner, with regards to politics, history, and culture, to be able to critically examine current events and contemporary issues surrounding Aboriginal peoples. Since I have been attending the FPST program I have also been pondering the idea of becoming a professor with a focus upon Aboriginal food, cultural practices, and Identity.

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