Indigenous Student Resource Centre – VOH

FAQs Indigenous Student Resource Centre (ISRC)

The mission of the ISRC is twofold:
  • Provide services to facilitate the transition, retention and academic success of Indigenous students within the college.
  • Promote Indigenous cultures and inform the college community of historical and contemporary Indigenous realities.
The ISRC is located on the fourth floor of the Herzberg building in room H-417. It offers students a friendly lounge area where they can discuss school work, meet friends, plan social activities, eat lunch, and hang out.
The ISRC aims to be a ‘home away from home’, a safe place where Indigenous students can find tranquility and support. All Indigenous students, from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities are welcome at the ISRC. There are currently 60 Indigenous students at John Abbott College. They make up 1% of the JAC student population and represent diverse Nations: Inuit, Cree, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Anishinabeg (Algonquin) and Mik`Maq.
The services are provided by two full time employees, the coordinator, Louise Legault and the academic support technician, Sabrina Brown Fyfe. You can reach them at:, 514-457-6610 x5824, 514-457-6610 x5032 The Centre collaborates with various college departments to offer workshops and specific services to the students. Some of these departments include:
  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Success Centre
  • Health and Wellness Centre
  • Nutrition
  • Financial Assistance
  • Diversity and Social Equity Office For the past five years, Youth Fusion Jeunesse has been employed by the Centre to provide its Healthy Living Program. Students are also supported by the many guest speakers and elders that are engaged by the Centre, throughout the year.
The main services offered to the students are:
  • Academic tutoring
  • Life skills and coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Socio-cultural activities
  • Luncheons
  • Advocacy and liaison with teachers
  • Liaison with sponsoring organizations and communities
We also offer:
  • Specific orientation activities
  • Priority registration
  • Availability of a designated academic advisor
  • Career day activities
  • Information on job opportunities
  • Workshops with university representatives
We assist students throughout their college journey. We are present from the very beginning of their experience, bringing high school students on tours of our campus. We are also there at the end, when we celebrate their graduation with a festive party! Although we are happy to see our students grow and begin a new life adventure after John Abbott College, we always welcome their return visits.
Success of Indigenous students cannot be achieved without creating awareness about the cultures, history and contemporary issues of Indigenous Peoples. Many events and activities are put on for the general public to help establish a better understanding of Indigenous realities and promote real cooperation. Some of those events are:
  • Land acknowledgement, read at public events.
  • Orange Shirt Day
  • REDress & Moose Hide campaign
  • Multicultural week events
  • Indigenous Awareness days
  • Film presentations
  • Various guest speakers including artists, elders and public figures
Crossroads (0.81CR) is a two-semester transition program designed to prepare Indigenous students for the expectations of college life as well as to guide them in choosing a pre-university or career program. Students benefit from being part of a learning community. Courses and pedagogy are culturally relevant. Students have a pedagogical support person following them throughout the year to help ensure their success. The Indigenous Studies Certificate is available to any interested student, whether they are Indigenous or of any other ethnic origin. The Indigenous Studies Certificate aims to provide the student with an awareness of the role Indigenous Peoples play in the ongoing evolution of society. In order to obtain the Certificate, which is obtained upon graduation, students need to pass six courses chosen from a designated list of courses that relate to Indigenous cultures. For more information please contact the coordinator of the Indigenous Studies Certificate at or 514-457-6610 ext. 5976.