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Kwe', we would like to welcome all students new and returning to the Mount for what we are sure will be another exciting and rewarding journey for you!

Take a look at what's coming up in October:October 2017Downloadable Calendar Here


Our Space 

The Aboriginal Student Centre (ASC) supports students in an educational and culturally engaging space on the Mount campus. Opening its doors in February 2013, the ASC offers the opportunity for students to learn more about Aboriginal culture while giving them a place to study and hang out. The ASC staff also provides academic advising and counselling. 

The Aboriginal Student Centre is part of a larger plan for Mount Saint Vincent University, guided with advice from both an internal and external aboriginal advisory committees. The ASC was created as a place where all students could seek advice and feel at home, especially Aboriginal students considering post-secondary education. View our photo gallery »


Currently located at 46 Melody Drive, the ASC contains:

  • Computer Stations with hard-wire internet
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Group study area with large table to seat up to 12 people
  • A lounge, with comfortable living-room style furniture
  • Large-screen TV 
  • Printing & faxing services
  • A growing collection of Aboriginal-based resource materials, many of which are available for loan

Mission Statement

Mount Saint Vincent University’s 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 / Ta'n teli-ketlamsitasultiek

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

Our Team

Patrick Small Legs-Nagge

Patrick Small Legs-Nagge joined the Mount community effective 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 may reach him by phone at:  (902) 457-5535 or by email at:

Veronica Gore 

Veronica recently graduated from the Mount with a Bachelors degree with concentrations in both Psychology and Women and Gender studies, she is the current Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services.  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 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 by email at:

Jenna MacDougall

Jenna is the current Student Assistant for the Aboriginal Student Centre. She is a Mi'kmaq from the Acadia First Nation and is currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Arts degree.  She is proud and happy to be working for the Aboriginal Student Centre this year.

 You may reach her by email at or 

Our hours

Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs

Monday          8:00 - 3:30 PM

Tuesday         8:00 - 3:30 PM

Wednesday    8:00 - 3:30 PM

Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services 

Wednesday:    9:00 AM - 5 PM

Thursday:       9:00 AM - 5 PM

Aboriginal Student Centre Assistant Hours:

Thursday:        10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday:             11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*Contact the Coordinator to make arrangements to access the Centre outside of these times.

Please note that the Centre is only accessible during regularly scheduled Library Hours.

Contact Us

46 Melody Drive (Lower Level)

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS  B3M 2J6

T:  (902) 457-6228

F:  (902) 457-6251

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