Barrie Aboriginal Resource Centre Services
The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) is a place to gather, learn, participate, receive assistance, socialize and feel a part of a family away from home. Here you find information on all the different services offered to students within the Barrie Aboriginal Resource Centre, along with dates and times of availability.
Visiting Elders Program:
The visiting elders are part of the Aboriginal Resource Support Staff and are available to assist with both cultural and personal needs.
Elder: Ernestine Baldwin
9 am - 3 pm
Elder: Loretta McDonald
Hours: Thursdays 9 am - 12 pm
Fridays 9 am - 12 pm
Niwijiagans (Aboriginal Peer Support):
Peer support is brought to by the Niwijiagans. Whether you need direction to other services, help with an assignment or a great idea for an event, the Niwijiagans are here to support students. Office located across from the computer lab in the ARC, they are available daily through-out the entire year.
Getsigig (Native Education Counsellor):
Kathy Marsden is the Native Education Counselor available to assist you with any personal and academic counseling that students may require. Kathy is available by appointment Monday to Friday during business hours and is dedicated to helping students succeed.
Community Liaison Education Officer:
April Jones is the Community Liaison Education Officer and is available by appointment to assist students with bursaries, scholarships, funding, post- secondary career paths and so much more. April is available during business hours with some flexibility outside regular business hours for student needs. Please note that April is frequently away from late September to early December for the Post-Secondary Recruitment Tour as part of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP).
Time Management Workshops:
Time management is an essential skill for post-secondary student life and beyond into the workplace. During the year informative and helpful Time Management workshops are offered to students to assist them with managing the tight schedules and deadlines of student life.
Often students encounter financial difficulties and find themselves in need of assistance. Georgian offer's emergency bursaries, the Students' Administrative Council (SAC) offers a Georgian Food Locker program, and the ARC also provides assistance for students as well. Please see the Getsigig counselor, Kathy Marsden, if you require food assistance.
During the year, communications professors provide tutor support during specific times through-out the week located in the faculty office of the ARC. Available both by appointment and drop-in.
Professor: Christine Pryce
Hours: 12 pm - 1 pm
Professor: Jacqui Woods-Powell
Hours: 12 pm - 2 pm
Computers, copying, printing, faxing, email of hard-copies...
The computer lab and the ARC is open to students from 8 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday for student needs such as home-work and research. Printing is available through lab computers at a cost of $0.15 per sheet. If you are in need of copying, faxing or transferring of a hard-copy to a pdf file, Sandi Pallister-Gougeon is available to assist you 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. If Sandi is unavailable please feel free to ask any of the other friendly staff that are available within the ARC.
Use of Kitchen:
The kitchen located in the ARC is available to students to store, heat and refrigerate their lunches. The kitchen is cleaned out regularly to endure cleanliness. The staff and Niwijiagan's of the ARC ask that students who use the kitchen ensure it is kept clean and tidy when used.
Use of Traditional Medicines:
The staff and faculty of the ARC encourage the use of traditional and cultural practices. Located in the lounge of the ARC is medicine table complete with the Four Sacred Medicines. The medicines are maintained and available for student use when on campus. Smudging can be done anywhere in the ARC or the main floor of M building. When smudging anywhere other the ARC it is asked that security is made aware to avoid any conflicts. Also please use the medicines respectfully and be mindful of other people.