Introduction and Welcome to FNMI Students

OKI…Tansi…..Greetings to you and yours from Blackfoot teritory. My name is Elizabeth Ferguson and I am the Coordinator of the Native Student Advisor office. My roots are Dene Tha’ from Chateh, Alberta. I am privileged to work and live in Blackfoot territory.

I am proud to be U of L alumni and I my education at the U of L proved to be extremely rewarding. Faculty and staff are first class superb. My education has served me well and opened doors that I never thought possible, so if you are suffering right now, hang in…..I can assure you it will be worth the effort. Our role here is to help you navigate the system, provide referrals, plan events, guide, encourage and support students. We can help you make the transition to the University. We are located in the Student Union building on the first floor right below the bookstore & food court. Our contact numbers are provided below and we look forward to meeting you in the near future…..

Welcome, welcome to this beautiful territory...may your journey here be fruitful and rewarding for you and yours......

Elizabeth Ferguson ph: 317-2812



Oki, tansi, Hello... Welcome to the University of Lethbridge!!!

My name is Connie Johnstone, and I am a member of the Kawacatoose First Nations, Treaty 4.  I am very excited to join the Native Student Advising Team with the University of Lethbridge.  A major focus of my Native Student Advising roles is to guide encourage, and empower students in the University environment, while assisting transitions through helping students access the many services available on campus and within the community of Lethbridge.  I am able to assist, answer questions, and be a listening ear for students anytime Tuesday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, either through phone, appointments, walk-ins, or email.

Moving to Lethbridge in 2008, from Saskatchewan with my family to pursue my educational journey has been a life changing experience for us all.  I was amazed at how welcoming and supportive siksikatsitapiks (Blackfood territory), the University and Lethbridge Community has been both personally and professionally.  Since graduating from the University of Lethbridge in 2012, I continued my studies in the Social Work program through the University of Calgary.  However, was able to remain on compas with the University of Lethbridge.  I recognize the challenges and many gifts of working, being a full-time student, wife, and mother.  It is my hope to share and give back to University of Lethbridge Students.

Connie Johnstone   ph: 403-332-4455 email:


Akáskimaki,(Many metals woman) Annabelle Chatsis a Kainai member of the tall tree clan,  is Administrative Support for the FNMI center. Annabelle received her bachelor’s degree in Native American studies and a minor in History from the University of Montana and her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the Walla Walla University, Washington. Prior to joining the FNMI team Annabelle worked as a Blackfoot Instructor for the University of Montana for the past 5 years. Annabelle collaborated with the Linguistic Dept. of the U.M. to develop course materials for instructing the Blackfoot Language at the University. Annabelle has also co-authored several articles and a book “The Persistence of Language.” Annabelle currently resides in Lethbridge and enjoys reading, art, music and the occasional hike. She has 7 grandchildren which keep her very active.

Annabelle Chatsis   ph: 403-394-3902 email: