Our space

Located at 46 Melody Drive (lower level), the Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC), supports students in an educational and culturally engaging space on the Mount campus. As part of a larger strategy dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for Indigenous students attending the Mount, the ASC is a space where students can meet and chat and also have access to a resident counsellor who can help them navigate any questions or concerns pertaining to their student life. View our photo gallery »

At the ASC you'll find computer stations with hard-wire internet; Wi-Fi, a group study area with large table to seat up to 12 people; a lounge with comfortable living-room style furniture, a large-screen TV, printing and faxing services; and a growing collection of Aboriginal-based resource materials –– many available for loan.

Our mission

The Aboriginal Student Centre strives to provide an opportunity to empower, encourage and educate all students of all nations in an environment rooted in indigenous cultures and values. Mount Saint Vincent University ta'n L'nu'k etl mawita'jik aq melkuktimi'tit kisi apoqnmasin aq kina'masin wen L'nuiktuk.

Our values

• Protection / kelo'timek
• Preservation / anko'timek
• Promotion / welkwija'luek
• Empower / melkuktimek
• Encourage / ajipjutuek 
• Educate / kekina'mueyek

Our staff 

Patrick Small Legs-Nagge, MSW 

Patrick Small Legs Nagge

Patrick joined the Mount community September 13, 2017 in the role of Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs. This is a new role at the Mount and one that will play an important part in supporting the success of Aboriginal learners and building meaningful relationships with the Aboriginal community – both of which are of great importance to the Mount. 

Patrick is a member of the Piikani First Nation (in Alberta) and most recently worked with Health Canada as Director of Mental Wellness, First Nation and Inuit Health. During his time with Health Canada, he also contributed to the National Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Strategy and the Labrador Health Secretariat to support the Labrador Innu in their development of an effective Innu-controlled health system. Patrick has extensive policy experience having held advisory roles on Indigenous issues across housing, social services, environment and other portfolios. Recently, Patrick developed curriculum for and taught in the Mi’kmaw Mental Wellness & Addictions Certificate program at the Nova Scotia Community College. He has also taught within the Faculty of Social Work at Dalhousie University. 

Patrick holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and a Diploma in Management from Saint Mary’s University.

As Special Advisor, Patrick will provide leadership to the University in supporting faculty, staff and students in meeting our commitment to reconciliation and will play a vital role within our Aboriginal communities. He will provide support to Aboriginal learners through the student life cycle, assist with student recruitment, retention, and systems navigation and provide community outreach to prospective, new and returning Aboriginal Students through management of our Aboriginal Student Centre. Patrick will also help provide strategic direction on Aboriginal Affairs and develop initiatives, programs and policies that respond to student, Aboriginal community and institutional needs.

You can reach him by phone at: (902) 457-5535 or by email at msvu.ca

Veronica Gore

Veronica Gore portraitVeronica is the current Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services at the Mount. In the past she has served as the summer Student Assistant for the Aboriginal Student Centre. She belongs to the Yellow Quill band in Saskatchewan; however, she calls Nova Scotia her home, having lived here for the majority of her life. 

Through Veronica's connection with the Mount she has been able to gain an increased awareness of Aboriginal issues and uses her awareness to create change for those students who attend the Mount. Her passion and drive can be seen through the many events she helped to plan and coordinate for the Aboriginal Student Centre, events such as those presented in October to celebrate Mi'kmaq History month. You may reach her by phone at: (902) 457-6228 or you can email at  msvu.ca