Campus Life

Aboriginal Student Advisor

Welcome new and returning Saint Mary’s University students!

The Aboriginal Student Advising Office is a part of Saint Mary’s University Student Services Department. Located on the 4th floor of the Student Centre, the ASA office is a place where students of Aboriginal descent can create positive and exciting experiences during their post-secondary studies. The advising office provides a place where students can access support services, a space where students are able to create a sense of community while away from home, learn about and access opportunities available.

The Aboriginal Student Advising Office has an open door policy, so that students can access information and support when they need it. Students can drop by to say hello, introduce themselves, and get to know faculty, staff and students. The ASA Office is available to all SMU students, staff and faculty of all races and ethnic backgrounds. 

What is the Aboriginal Student Advisor’s role?

The role of Aboriginal Student Advisor is to provide information, support, education and referrals to prospective, new and returning Aboriginal Students studying at Saint Mary's University and is currently only available during the academic year (October through April). The Aboriginal Student Advisor is here to meet with you, to listen to the concerns of students, to offer advice and support and if needed, the Advisor will refer them to other departments and services on campus or in the community.

Non-Aboriginal students are also welcome to seek information from the Aboriginal Student Advisor in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

The Aboriginal Student Advisor is an integral part of the Saint Mary's University Community providing information on:

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships & Bursaries
  • First Year Adjustment Issues
  • Campus Resources
  • Off-campus Affiliations
  • Student Services Programs
  • Monthly Events

Is there an Aboriginal Society?

Yes! The Aboriginal Society has been ratified and is open to all students! The Society President and Vice President help plan events throughout the year so keep your eyes and ears open. For more info on how you can join and planned activities please contact the aboriginal advisor to get into contact!

Also follow the society on Facebook!

The Student Advisor is not available during the summer (April - September). If you have questions please email (see below):

Office Location & Hours:
Student Centre, 4th Floor - Room 407 / (902) 496-8172 (office) /
Facebook: Aboriginal A. Saint Mary’s 


The Aboriginal Student Advisor organizes programs and activities which will raise Aboriginal Students awareness of services offered on campus and will help to develop contacts with fellow students, staff and faculty at Saint Mary's University. If you have any suggestions or ideas on particular events please contact me! Aboriginal Student Advising Handbook

Community Organizations that provide additional support:

Aboriginal Student Advising Handbook
Mikmaq Native Friendship Centre
Tripartite Forum
Healing Our Nations
TAWAAK Housing
Community Services
Aboriginal Affairs
Native Council of Nova Scotia