Violet Paul
Special Advisor to MSVU on Indigenous Affairs

Violet Paul smiling outdoorsMount Saint Vincent University alumni Violet Paul, BA, LLB has been appointed the new full-time Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs at MSVU. She began in the role on October 10, 2023.

Supporting Indigenous student success and building meaningful relationships with Mi’kmaw, other First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities are of great importance to MSVU. As Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs, Violet will provide strategic direction on Indigenous Affairs at the university and develop initiatives and programs that respond to student, Indigenous community and institutional needs.

As a member of the L’nu Advisory Circle, the Special Advisor works in partnership with Indigenous communities and provides support to Indigenous learners, including overall management of the Kina’masuti aqq Apognamasuti / Indigenous Student Centre. This work is also supported by the Auntie in Residence and Indigenous Student Centre Coordinator at MSVU.

About Violet

Violet is a Mi’kmaq woman from Indian Brook (within the Sipekne’katik First Nation). She is a lifelong learner who has attended three post-secondary institutions and knows firsthand what’s required to foster academic and professional success.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from MSVU, a Bachelor of Law degree from Dalhousie, and a Diploma in Business Administration from NSCC. These experiences afforded Violet several opportunities to analyze the social challenges that impact the health and well-being of Indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island.

Violet has worked in policy and programs with municipal and federal governments, the Assembly of First Nations, Shubenacadie Band Council and others. She played an essential role in the 2008 historic apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Survivors and all Indigenous persons for the multi-generational impacts of the residential school system.

Indigenous Student Advisor

The Indigenous Student Advisor oversees the day-to-day operation of the Indigenous Student Centre, plans events and initiatives, and provides general support to students.

You can reach them by phone at 902-457-6228 or by email at

Special Advisor to MSVU on Indigenous Affairs (Patrick Small Legs-Nagge – Annual Report 2021)

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TD Bank Group logoThe role of Special Advisor to MSVU on Indigenous Affairs and programming of the Indigenous Student Centre at MSVU are generously supported by TD Bank Group.