Staff

Welcome to the Indigenous Student Resource Centre at Memorial University St. John’s Campus.

University life can be difficult and the staff at the ISRC are here to help you on your journey--from start to finish and everything in between! Whether you are deciding if Memorial is the university for you or preparing to cross the stage at convocation we are here when you need someone to walk with you.

There are three staff positions at the ISRC, with their offices located in the Indigenous Student House at 208 Elizabeth Avenue.

  • Manager, Indigenous Student Resource Centre
  • Indigenous Student Success Coordinator
  • Indigenous Cultural Education Coordinator

Valeri Pilgrim
Manager, Indigenous Student Resource Centre

Valeri Pilgrim is standing beside a large sign that says Atelihai Nainimut, Nunatsiavut. Welcome to Nain, Nunatsiavut. The sign has a grey inukshuk in the middle on a white, green and blue background. The woman is outside, there is snow on the ground and the hills and the low plants are brown.

Valeri has been the Manager of the Indigenous Student Resource Centre since November 2018. Prior to this, she served in the capacity of International Student Advisor with the Internationalization Office from 2014 to 2018. Her first role at Memorial was as the Aboriginal Liaison Officer from 2011 to 2014. Valeri attended one semester at Memorial, however her Bachelor of Arts degree is from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She also holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oslo in Norway where she lived with her young daughter for two and a half years. Valeri grew up in Nain, Nunatsiavut in northern Labrador and is of Inuit ancestry. She has two children.

Reporting to the Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs, the manager of the Indigenous Student Resource Centre (ISRC) oversees the development of programs, resources and supports to empower Indigenous students to thrive at Memorial University. This includes providing operational direction in the areas of Indigenous student success, Indigenous education, and cultural initiatives.

The ISRC manager leads and represents the student centre in its day-to-day operations, ensuring a student-centred approach to program planning and delivery. The manager is responsible for hiring, orienting, and supervising the staff in the ISRC. The manager will establish and maintain collaborations with other student supports and services units and beyond to lead, partner, or support activities that enhance Indigenous student success. The manager is also responsible for ensuring the ISRC’s budget is planned, prepared, and monitored in keeping with university policies and procedures.

Office: Indigenous Student House, BP-2005
Phone:(709) 864-3495
Email: vpilgrim@mun.ca
Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tama Fost
Indigenous Student Success Coordinator

Black and white headshot of Tama Fost, a young Inuk woman with straight dark shoulder length hair and bangs, a nose ring, and a happy smile.

Tama is a first-generation urban Inuk, and mother of one. Her roots are from the Hopedale and Okak communities, as well as the Millertown area of Central Newfoundland. Tama completed a Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University with a major in English and two minors in Aboriginal Studies and Religious Studies. She has been throat singing and drum dancing locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally for over 13 years, and is honoured to host Inuit throat singing bi-weekly on alternating Fridays.

As the Indigenous Student Success Coordinator, Tama provides academic and social support to self-identified Indigenous students through: advocating for Indigenous students, assisting students with navigating university policies and procedures, pairing students with academic supports like tutoring, providing emotional and cultural support to students, and providing other supports to help retain and ensure the success of Indigenous students attending the St. John’s Campus, Marine Institute, as well as those studying via distance education.

Tama has open office hours for students every Monday and Friday.
Summer Hours: Monday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Winter Hours: Monday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday 2:30 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.

Office: Indigenous Student House, BP-2001B
Phone:(709) 864-8278
Email: tama@mun.ca
Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact

Indigenous

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000