The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives and Health and Counselling Services at Carleton University are proud to announce that Staci Loiselle, Indigenous cultural counselor, will receive the 2020 Indigenous Practice Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Loiselle is Mohawk from the community of Kahnawake. She is Turtle Clan. The award honours excellence in advancing culturally congruent counseling and psychotherapy services for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“Having Staci join our team at the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives has been a gift,” said Benny Michaud, assistant director, Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities. “In a short period of time, she has gained the trust and respect of our students and provided culturally appropriate care and guidance. Her kind and gentle approach is deeply appreciated by students and meets an important campus need.”

Loiselle joined the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives in September 2019. She graduated with her Master’s in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa in 2015 and worked at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa for four years as their youth clinical therapist prior to coming to Carleton.

“I started to explore more about my heritage in my late teens,” said Loiselle. “I learned that all the messages I had heard as a kid about Indigenous people were wrong. Indigenous people are strong and resilient, they have overcome systems which were designed to erase them. I knew I carried this strength in me and that made me proud and confident. I wanted to help others feel the same. The work I do is important because Indigenous students are important and I try every day to make sure they know that.”

Loiselle will accept the award in May 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s annual conference.

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