Mawi'omi Centre

The Mawi'omi Student Centre (located in Kelley Memorial Building, room 236) is a centre that invites all Aboriginals attending UPEI to come gather. The centre is a place that students can feel at home with. Students are encouraged to come and share the same commonalities with other Aboriginal students.

The word Mawi'omi means “gathering place” in Mi’kmaq. This name was chosen after consulting with Mi’kmaq Elders from the community. The idea of having such a physical area on campus is to provide students with support (talking circles), a place to study and relax between classes, and host events/meetings while attending UPEI.

The centre was funded through the Aboriginal Health Human Resource Initiative (AHHRI). AHHRI is a funding body designed to promote and recruit Aboriginal students into health careers. The Mawi'omi Aboriginal student centre has opened up the health definition to encompass those in other programs at UPEI. Being as health is a broad definition in Mi’kmaq culture, the idea only compliments the centre.

Support services that the centre offers includes the following:

  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • Assisting with course selection
  • Assisting with registration/university related issues
  • Assisting with finding funding, employment, volunteer, and other opportunities
  • Assisting with finding resources (on or off campus)
  • Providing referrals if needed

Aboriginal Student Scholarships

If you need assistance with something not listed above, feel free to drop by Kelley Memorial Building, room 236, or contact David Varis, Aboriginal Academic Advisor at dvaris@upei.ca by phone at (902) 620-5125. We will do what we can to help.

You can also visit our Facebook page to connect with other students.

David Varis
Coordinator Mawi'omi Aboriginal Student Centre
Department: 
Webster Centre for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 
(902) 620-5125