Office Coordinator - Peter Underwood
The Office Coordinator is the staff of the NSU, and reports to the elected council. They are responsible for communications, coordinating meetings, and administrative tasks.
IY SCACEL SIAM, my name is Peter Underwood. I'm W̱SÁNEĆ, Samish & Norwegian. Other than school and work I love knitting, learning language, visiting forests and beaches, and board games. You'll often be able to find me in the NSU room in the SUB, or in the First Peoples House, feel free to say hi if you do!
Firekeeper - Jenna Lancaster
The Firekeeper is the spokesperson of the NSU, and represents Indigenous students at the UVSS Board Meetings
My name is Jenna Lancaster and I am going into my fourth of he Child and Youth Care Program here at UVic. I am Kwakwaka'wakw on my father’s side coming from Kingcome Inlet and Alert Bay. On my mother’s side I am Coast Salish, from Songhees and Squamish on my grandmothers side and Leeyq’sun on my grandfather’s side. I am looking forward to learning and connecting more with our Indigenous community here on campus and throughout the city. I think it is important to create a space where we can all connect and learn from one another. Gilakas’la
Communications Coordinator - Boston Laferté
The communications councillor manages social media and communications for the NSU
Taanishi kiiyawow, Boston Laferté dishinihkaashoon. I am a RR Michif person from Treaty 8 territory. I have been on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ the last couple of years, taking a double major in History and Indigenous Studies.
Councillor at-large - Dakota Nelson
My name is Dakota Nelson, I am Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw and Tahltan. I have just finished my third year of my Anthropology and Indigenous Studies double major, and I am currently on the executive team for the Bureau of Anthropology Students (BOAS). This is my first time on the NSU council and I am excited to be working in the Indigenous community at UVic!
Councillor at-large - Alexis Elliott
Uy’ skweyul. My name is Alexis Elliott and my traditional name is Lumsiyah. On my father’s side I am a Cowichan Tribes member, and I have Dutch ancestry on my mother’s side. I am about to enter my third year of a double major in both Indigenous Studies and History, and am grateful to have the opportunity to study as an uninvited guest on both WSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen territory. In my spare time you can often find me on campus in the NSU room hanging with friends, playing soccer, or even riding the occasional horse. I am eager for the year to come and am both thankful and excited to work alongside such a passionate and focused team.
Student Union Building Room B023
First Peoples House 126
Native Students Union
University of Victoria
Student Union Building – Room B128
3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2
UVic Students’ Society
Attn: Native Students Union
University of Victoria
PO Box 3035 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 3P3
Contact info FAQ
Could the NSU share my poster for an event or program online or in posters?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with image files (.jpg, .png etc. ) for social media and PDFs for print and the office coordinator will get back to you if it's something that we could share.
I'm a student wondering which campus service can help me out.
Send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on Indigenous student services.
I'm hoping to write for the Martlet
Send an email to the communications councillor, email@example.com
I'm looking for Indigenous student involvement in a project.
In an email let us know the time commitments, the timeline of when you'd like help, how much financial compensation students get for their time, and about the project. Please send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to interview Indigenous students for a project I'm working on.
We ask that all interviews with Indigenous students pass the appropriate ethics applications.