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Academic and Indigenous Programs

Aanii, Boozhoo, Kwe Kwe, Wachay and Greetings.

We acknowledge the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 and recognize that Laurentian University is located on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. The City of Greater Sudbury also includes the traditional lands of Wahnapitae First Nations. 

Laurentian University offers an outstanding post-secondary experience, in English and French, with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. Supporting Laurentian University’s tricultural mandate, our office provides leadership in the development of programs, supports and partnerships that contribute to the advancement of Indigenous peoples, communities and worldviews.

  • Address: 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
  • Office: RD Parker Building - Room P-312
  • Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. 3437

About Us

The mandate Office of Academic and Indigenous Programs is to promote the development of initiatives that support Indigenous education and First Nations, Metis and Inuit student success. This is accomplished through leading the developing of Indigenous strategic initiatives with the Laurentian University Native Education Council and the general university community. More recent initiatives and programs include the development of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute, the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, which houses Indigenous Student Affairs, and the ongoing commitment to increasing Indigenous content across the curriculum. 

The Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs plays a leadership role in promoting, developing and implementing initiatives and programs that supports the Laurentian University Native Education Council’s (LUNEC) mission to support self-determination of Indigenous peoples with a specific focus on ensuring access and support for retention and graduation of Indigenous students.

In 2006, Laurentian hired Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek as the inaugural Director of Academic Native Affairs. This position evolved to an Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Programs in 2009 and then to Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs in 2011.  As the Indigenous Academic lead, the AVPIP is responsible for outcomes set out in Laurentian University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan as they relate to Indigenous students and communities. They are also responsible for implementing the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan from the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC).

Our office has many accomplishments to be proud of and some of these do include: the creation of our Indigenous Presence on Campus website, the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Task Force (TRTF), the securing of Anishinaabemowin translation services, the development of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute, the building of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre and the ongoing commitment to increasing First Nation, Métis and Inuit content across the curriculum. 

Susan Manitowabi

 Dr. Susan Manitowabi

Interim Associate Vice-President, Academic & Indigenous Programs


She can be reached at or by phone at 705-675-1151 x3429

Carole Perreault

Carole Perreault

Administrative Officer to the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs

Mrs. Carole Perreault is from Sudbury, Ontario and is a graduate of Cambrian College’s Bilingual Office Administration/Executive Secretary program.  For many years, she has been the Administrative Officer to the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs. She also provides administrative support to the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC). Carole is actively searching for her Indigenous roots and enjoys learning and participating in cultural events both on and off campus. She can be reached at or by phone at 705-675-1151 x3437. Our office is located in the RD Parker Building, Room P-312, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario. Postal Code is P3E 2C6 for those that are sending anything via mail or courier.

  Dr. Kevin FitzmauriceDr. Kevin Fitzmauricekf  

 Truth and Reconciliation Coordinator

As an allied scholar, Dr. Kevin Fitzmaurice has extensive experience in Indigenous research co-leadership, university administration, and teaching and course development. He is presently the Truth and Reconciliation Coordinator and Director of Research for the Center for Research in Social Justice and Policy at Laurentian University and is a Professor Emeritus with the University of Sudbury and former Departmental Chair of the Indigenous Studies program over three terms.

Dr. Fitzmaurice is currently co-leading several community driven research projects in urban Indigenous governance nationally and housing and homelessness in Ontario. He is a Regional Co-Director with the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) and the Making the Shift: Youth Homelessness Innovation Lab (Sudbury/Timmins), and was the Research Co-Director with the 2021 National Centre for the Collaboration on Indigenous Education (NCCIE), the 2011 Toronto Aboriginal Research Project (TARP), and the 2007 Ontario Urban Aboriginal Task Force (UATF). His areas of teaching and research specialization include Indigenous-Settler Politics and Law, Urban Indigenous Studies, Housing and Homelessness, Decolonization/Reconciliation, and Indigenous Critical Theory.

He can be reached at 


Indigenous Presence On Campus

Indigenous presence on campus is a resource created for all faculty, staff and students here at Laurentian University. It represents a respectful entry point in exploring your role and relationship with Indigenous peoples. The six topics below have been selected because they represent the most sought after areas of questions and requests to our office. These subpages and resources have been designed and created for all of our community. The goal is to raise awareness, facilitate engagement and understand the responsibility that we all have towards equity, access and social justice.


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