Elsie Paul, a Sliammon First Nations Elder, is the Elder-in-Residence for Vancouver Island University, Powell River Campus. The Elder-in-Resident provides guidance and mentorship using traditional methods to convey Elder knowledge and wisdom.
“I feel honoured to do this kind of work. It feels good when people are interested in knowing about our culture and history.” says Elsie.
Mrs. Paul wants to know that her door is open to all students and faculty from Vancouver Island University. As this is a new role, she is open to exploring ways to reach out. “I feel we can bridge the gap. I want to introduce our culture, our teachings, not only to First Nations students, but to all who go here.”
Mrs. Paul says that her own grandparents played a major role in raising her in the old ways of teaching and practices. She acknowledges that it is important to encourage young people about the importance of education. “I didn’t get the benefits of a higher education, but I feel it is hugely important.”
She goes on to stress that her role will be cross-cultural. “I learn a lot from meeting different people and sharing cultures. I would like to share from my heart and my memory.”
Elsie Paul, Elder-in-Residence, is now available to meet with students and staff. Her regular office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm. Drop by her office located in the Student Services area, room 118, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.