Indigenous Peer Mentor Program

The Indigenous Peer Mentor program matches upper-year Indigenous students with first year Indigenous students. This provides first year Indigenous students with the opportunity to learn from an upper-year Indigenous student who can share their experiences of being a first year student and how they successfully completed one or more academic years at Queen’s U. The goal of the program is to assist students in navigating the transition and developing skills needed to be successful at university. Indigenous peer mentors form meaningful relationships and promote wellbeing for Indigenous students.

Indigenous Peer Mentors support their mentees holistically through providing support with:

  • Questions about life at Queen’s
  • Study skills
  • Navigating classes and buildings on campus
  • Accessing on-campus services/resources
  • Becoming involved within Indigenous community at Queen’s
  • Time management/ organization skills
  • Tools to live a healthy active lifestyle
  • Social opportunities
  • Goal setting
  • Self-care strategies
  • Learning about student clubs/groups on campus
  • Increasing motivation
  • Making new friends/meeting new people
  • And much more!

This program is strongly encouraged for first-year students as the transition to university can be challenging at times.

For more information about the program, or to register, please contact Shannon Beckstead (Indigenous Advisor) at