Thompson Rivers University

Students to experience university life during Aboriginal Transitions Day

  Posted on: November 14, 2012

Transition to Post Secondary

A few attendees from the 2011 edition of Aboriginal Transitions Day gather for a group photo following a day of getting to know Thompson Rivers University.

Thompson Rivers University hosts its 7th Annual Transitions Day for Aboriginal Students in School District #73 on November 15. Two hundred Aboriginal high school students will spend the day experiencing post secondary by touring the TRU campus, engaging with academic faculties, participating in student-run leadership activities, and hearing from past and current Aboriginal students in a student panel discussion on their transition to post-secondary.

The day offers Aboriginal students a space to envision themselves as post secondary students, and to set the stage for a long-lasting and successful relationship with post secondary education. Aboriginal Transitions Day is a partnership involving TRU, SD 73, and the local Aboriginal communities.

Leadership in Aboriginal education summit

“TRU has unique relationships with the local school district and the area’s First Nations,” says Joanne Brown, Coordinator of Aboriginal Services at TRU.

“Whenever we talk to colleagues throughout the province or the country, they marvel at the relationships we have with our community partners and our ability to provide a strong foundation for our incoming Aboriginal students. We know the relationship building component of the initiative lends itself to our students’ long term academic successes.”

Learn more about Aboriginal
resources at TRU

Of TRU’s nearly 14,000 on-campus students, nearly 11 per cent are Aboriginal. Aboriginal Mentors will facilitate and support the day by participating as liaisons and volunteers in all aspects of the day’s activities. TRU’s Aboriginal Mentor Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation.

Joanne Brown, Coordinator Aboriginal Services
Phone: 250-320-1559

Sarah Graham, Assistant Dean of Students
Phone: 250-320-5143