Indigenous Student Advising


Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is a day we bring awareness to the residential schools and the 150 000 Indigenous children in Canada who were forcibly removed from their families and sent away to these residential schools between the 1860s and 1990s. Indigenous communities across Turtle Island continue to experience intergenerational trauma resulting from these experiences at the hands of government and church officials. Children were forced to speak English or French instead of their ancestral languages, became disconnected them from their culture, endured all forms of abuse, all with the goal to assimilate them. The publication of the TRC in 2015 is a step towards reconciliation, bringing awareness to the wrongs done to Indigenous peoples and it has allowed for a better understanding and relationship to move forward and allow Indigenous peoples to heal. We are all TREATY PEOPLE. 

To Learn more about Orange Shirt Day, please watch this short YouTube video:


Show your support and understanding of the challenges Indigenous peoples have experienced that resulted from the Residential School system in Canada by posting on your website this orange t-shirt logo on Wednesday September 30, 2020.










To Learn more about Treaty Education and the Mi'kmaq people.  Please click on the poster below.



The Coordinator of Indigenous Student Affairs works within Student Life and in partnership with regional Indigenous communities to ensure Indigenous students are supported and connected to their learning environment- academically, culturally and socially. We assist Indigenous students in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of University life while creating an awareness and appreciation of Indigenous culture and history in the greater campus community.

The Coordinator of Indigenous Student Affairs is committed to enhancing Indigenous student experience by providing support, guidance and encouragement in the pursuit of educational success.

The Coordinator of Indigenous Student Affairs also advocates on behalf of Indigenous students at StFX and provides assistance with many aspects of student life through the following services:

  • Provide direction concerning time management, organization, course selection/work load, study and writing skills
  • Assist students with writing papers, assignments, readings and discussing course content
  • Provide information about bursaries and scholarships; assists with application process
  • Advocate for students on a variety of issues such as discrimination/harassment; cultural exclusion; academic issues and concerns
  • Act as a liaison between the University, Indigenous education organizations and/or individual bands.


The  Indigenous Student Centre is located in the Markin Global Complex, Coady International Institute for students’ use. It is equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee-maker for the convenience of students traveling or living off-campus. The Lounge also houses a computer, printer and phone. The lounge offers a quiet place to study or just to relax. There are a number of Indigenous newspapers available, such as Windspeaker, Mi’kmaq-Maliseet News, and Anishinabek News, as well as other resources.


Student Society: The Indigenous Students @ X Society strives to create a spirit of friendship and partnership with both the university community and the surrounding Mi’kmaq communities. We are here to support and encourage one another and celebrate and promote our culture.

The Coordinator of Indigenous Student Affairs works in conjunction with the recruitment and admissions office to provide a thorough and personal campus tour for a variety of interested groups and individuals:

  • Elementary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Adult Education/Training Programs
  • Any other interested applicants

Campus tours can be personalized to suit each group/individual interest.

We will also attend school Career and Education Fairs. Call us to see how we can help in your school.


Contact Information:

Terena Francis
Coordinator of Indigenous Student Affairs
105 Coady International Institute - West Wing
St. Francis Xavier University | P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish | Nova Scotia | B2G 2W5
P: 902.867.5413 | E: