ISC Student Advisors


Student Advisors at the Indigenous Student Centre are here to help you achieve your academic goals. ISC student advisors can help you with: answering your questions about admission or registration, creating an academic plan, clarifying university policies, connecting you with important services, resources, programming and much more. 

ISC Student Advisors are available:

Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please call (204) 474-8850 or send an email to to make an appointment today.

Drop-ins are also welcome but are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent on the availability of the student advisor.

Mission statement

Our mission as Indigenous student advisors is to provide holistic and culturally-grounded advising services for Indigenous students, where we consider mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and cultural well-being.

We are guided by the Seven Sacred Teachings in everything we do:

  • Obaadendiziwin (Humility) - Mai'iingan (Wolf)
  • Zaagidiwin (Love) - Migizii (Eagle)
  • Gwekwaadziwin (Honesty) - Sa'be
  • Nbwaakawin (Wisdom) - Amik (Beaver)
  • Aakwaakade'ewin (Courage) - Makwa (Bear)
  • Debwewin (Truth) - Mikinaak (Turtle)
  • Mnaadendimowin (Respect) - Mashkodebizhike (Buffalo)

Indigenous student advisors strive to achieve this mission by:

  • Creating space that is welcoming, family-centered and safe, where students can be themselves, demonstrate pride in, learn and expand awareness of their cultures and their peoples.
  • Supporting students with transitions to and within the university.
  • Teaching students how to be self-determining in their academic paths.
  • Providing accurate information and interpreting policy in a courteous and timely manner.
  • Acting as liaisons between students and their bands, faculties, families and professors.
  • Advocating for the needs of students to ensure that students have fair and equitable access to university services and resources.
  • Knowing our limitations and providing referrals to appropriate services whenever necessary.
  • Empowering students to recognize and use their strengths.


Carla Loewen is a member of the Mathis Colomb Cree Nation and has been a student advisor at the University of Manitoba since 2005. She is the program facilitator of the Qualico Bridge to Success and Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Programs. Campus recognitions include the U of M's Annual Outreach Award in 2011 and a Team Award from the Annual Awards of Excellence program in 2014. Loewen completed her Master of Education degree in 2016 in Adult and Post-Secondary Education and examined student retention and student development theory in relation to peer mentoring and its connection to Indigenous student success. She holds additional degrees in Education (2001) and Arts (2003).

Carla Loewen



Qualico Bridge to Success

Justin Rasmussen, who is Métis and from Ile Des Chênes, is the coordinator of the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment student leadership development program at the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC). In 2014, Rasmussen received his PhD in biological sciences from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BSc in geography in 2003, and from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in zoology in 2006, and an MSc in zoology in 2008. In 2017, he was the recipient of a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 6 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award and The University of Manitoba Leadership Award. Rasmussen is also an alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Justin is dedicated to supporting students in a holistic learning environment and providing students with an outstanding post-secondary experience.



Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (I.C.E)

Carl Stone (B.A.) was born and raised by his Grandmother Eliza Stone on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Grandmother Stone was a respected Elder and of the Anishinaabe Midewiwin Society. For over 40 years, Carl has been active in the reclaiming of the Anishinaabe Spiritual and Cultural ways of the people. In the mid 1970’s, Stone was one of seven young men of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who played a significant role in bringing back the Traditional Drum to the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. After 100 years of silence the Brokenhead Drum sounded it’s voice again. He has worked as a student advisor and instructor for the Indigenous Student Centre at the U of M since 1999 and also sits on numerous advisory committees. Stone also works as an Elders helper and guest lectures on Traditional Teachings and Spirituality. He has been honored to receive an award in recognition of his leadership, mentorship and in creating and promoting a positive work environment both at the University of Manitoba and in the community.

Carl Stone 


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Zongiigabowin (We're Standing Strong)

Faculty of Arts Indigenous Academic Advisor (Vanessa Lillie)

In her role as academic advisor for the Faculty of Arts, Vanessa Lillie splits her time between the Faculty of Arts General Office on the third floor of Fletcher Argue, and 254 Migizii Agamik -- Bald Eagle Lodge. Lillie is Cree from Peguis. She earned a BA (Honours) in Psychology from the U of M in the spring of 2016. Prior to completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as an Educational Assistant for the Interlake School Division where she supported students academically, provided access to information in the classroom for deaf and hard of hearing students as a computerized note taker and provided traditional and cultural opportunities for Indigenous students. Outside of work, Lillie is involved in volunteering with Indigenous organizations, Service Learning organizations like the Child Rising Mentorship Program and Community Action Poverty Simulation, and research projects like Community Health and Information Partnerships. For her volunteer work and leadership, she received an Emerging Leader Award from Student Life at the U of M in 2015. Additionally, in 2018, Lillie was the recipient of the Region 6 Tribal Advisor Grant. She believes in a holistic, strength-based model of support where each student finds balance in order to succeed, develop and grow.

Vanessa Lillie

Denise Proulx is Métis from Winnipeg and is a proud first generation alumna of the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. She has over 15 years’ experience working at the University of Manitoba. Proulx is responsible for the development and implementation of the EmpoweringU Financial Wellness Program and the Blankstein Momentum Program. In 2015, she was recognized by the University of Manitoba with a Team Award at the Annual Awards of Excellence and obtained a Financial Literacy Facilitator Certificate through Prosper Canada in 2018. Proulx is passionate about providing opportunities that aim to support Indigenous student success.  She is an advocate for celebrating achievements, both large and small.


Blankstein Momentum


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