Contact Indigenous Student Services

If you have any questions about the Indigenous Student Services centre, our resources or programs, please contact.

Indigenous Student Services staff members


Dave Seaweed

Indigenous Coordinator

Ph: 604 527 5565


New Westminster Campus

Tanya Joostema

Indigenous Coordinator

Ph: 604 777 6188


Coquitlam Campus

Drew Danelesko

Indigenous Student Support Navigator

Ph: 236 428 4726


New Westminster Campus


Sandra Greene comes to us from the Haida First Nation and is proud to say that she has been on her personal healing journey since 1988. 

Sandra has over 25 years of experience in the administration/management arena and has successfully organized and facilitated events, from community to national forums. She also has diverse experience as a proactive participant in health issues, women’s issues and Indigenous concerns. Sandra has been responsible for policy-making, project management, public relations and workshop facilitation in various capacities. 

Sandra strongly believes in community and is proud to serve on several boards. 

Sandra enjoys spending her free time weaving baskets and making jewellery, painting and reading. She is also a member of the Urban Haida dance group K’uuts’llxuu T’aaxwii, which means “Far South Song Birds.” 

Our Elder attends many of Douglas College’s events and ceremonies; feel free to approach Sandra if you wish to chat. Alternatively, to make a private appointment, contact Dave Seaweed

Indigenous Student Centres 

New Westminster Campus, room S4830 

This centre sits on the traditional territory of the qiqéyt (Qayqayt) First Nation. The qiqéyt is one of the smallest First Nations in Canada and the only one without a land base. 
The qiqéyt reserve used to exist on the banks of the Fraser River, around New Westminster. The qiqéyt people historically spoke the Halq'eméylem (Upriver dialect), of Halkomelem (also Hul’q’umi’num’/Henqeminem), a Coast Salish language. 
Here are some resources for more information about the qiqéyt:  

A Tribe of One – a National Film Board film documentary (available in our Library

"We Are the Qayqayt” – Chief Rhonda Larrabee’s Story 

Coquitlam Campus, room B3131 

This centre sits on the traditional territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem)  First Nation. The kʷikʷəƛ̓əm are a Sto:lo people with reserves in the Coquitlam River watershed. They traditionally speak the Downriver dialect of Halkomelem (also Hul’q’umi’num’/Henqeminem). The name “kʷikʷəƛ̓əm”means “red fish up the river.”