Aboriginal Student Services

A place to balance learning with traditional teachings and culture.

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Mactech Distance Education is committed to the recruitment, retention, and success of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students. We recognize that Aboriginal students come from diverse cultures and traditions and have varying perspectives, needs and goals.

We are proud that 30% of our student population live in our aboriginal communities.

What is Aboriginal Student Services?

MDE Student Services team does its utmost to facilitate the success of our students; however, we also understand that services provided by designated support staff should be complimented by an Aboriginal Student Coordinator. Therefore, in addition to overall support services; our Aboriginal Student Coordinator offers culturally appropriate motivation, guidance and support.

The Aboriginal Student Coordinator shall act as a link between the college and the wider community; providing information, counsel and resources dedicated to Aboriginal students as well as sourcing funding and facilitating relationships.

We provide a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serve as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture. Our goal is to encourage success and help one another through this sometimes challenging experience.

Meet Our Aboriginal Student Coordinator

The newest member of the MDE team is Dawn Bear, who is the Aboriginal Student Coordinator. Dawn comes from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick and has been working within the education field since 2008.

In her role as Aboriginal Student Coordinator, Dawn is tasked with implementing strategies that will better support our Aboriginal students.

In her scope of responsibilities, she will:

  • bring education on our opportunities for skills development and training to the Education Directors of First Nations bands across Canada
  • work with Aboriginal students/applicants on accessing educational funding
  • provide motivation, support and referral services for Aboriginal students
  • develop retention strategies for our Aboriginal student population
  • assist Aboriginal students with external factors that could affect their academic progress (i.e. securing housing)
  • share stories and culture with co-workers and the student body
  • And much more to come…

Pjila'si, Dawn!

Self-Identification

If you are an Aboriginal student applying to Mactech Distance Education, we invite you to complete our Aboriginal Self-Identification form. Please complete, save, and return to dbear@homeed.com. The form can also be found within the Enrolment Portal of our website.

The form is voluntary but the benefits of completing and submitting the form include:

  • Receiving support from the Aboriginal Student Coordinator
  • Receiving information on bursaries and scholarships
  • Receiving information on Aboriginal Employment opportunities
  • Receiving information on any upcoming special events

Give us a call find out what we can do for you! Toll-free, 1-888-622-8324

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If you have cultural event photos that you would like to share, please email Dawn at dbear@homeed.com.


Aboriginal Student Services

I decided on Mactech for the convenience, where I lived there are transportation issues. I really liked my course and that it wasn’t like your traditional classroom - I enjoyed working on my own terms. I was able to keep up with the scheduling and due dates and now I’m employed by my First Nation Community for a gravel pit dispatcher – I create all the tickets and dispatch to fulfill orders.

My advice to those thinking about Mactech would be “GO FOR IT”! I would love to give encouragement to the younger Aboriginal people. MDE is wonderful; it will help you obtain skills for your future. All the best of luck!

Cindy Big-Plume - Graduate