Indigenous Student Advisor

Aanii, Bozho, Tansi, Hello!

My name is Rosemary Spring.  I am your Acting Indigenous Student Advisor, and I use she/her pronouns.  I am Swampy Cree of Treaty 5 territory, and grew up in a small town near Ottawa before joining the Guelph Gryphon community as a student.

As a U of G student, I completed my Bachelor of Arts Honours in International Development Studies, and as a U of G graduate, my career has woven through corporate and non-profit worlds, working and volunteering on social justice and disaster management projects and responses before circling back to U of G to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis prospective and current students as your Indigenous Liaison. New this year, I am taking on the role of your Indigenous Student Advisor and I will also be taking on a new challenge of pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University.

We all travel on different paths that meet and diverge, some, like mine, wind and weave while others move forward straight as an arrow. I look forward to exploring your paths with you and supporting you as you navigate your post-secondary experiences, and plot a course for the future.

Here are some of the ways I can assist you:

  • Personal matters
  • Academics
  • Tutoring
  • Finances
  • Culture and identity
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Graduate studies
  • Connections with your peers, local community resources and Elders, and other campus resources such as Counselling and Student Accessibility Services

Let me know what questions you have as you navigate your time at U of G.  I can also let you know what events, programs and services are happening in Student Experience and on the rest of campus.  I hope to have the opportunity to meet you and walk beside you on your post-secondary journey!

Please feel welcome to contact me at 519-824-4120 extension 53725, by email at or drop by the Indigenous Student Centre to say hello.

*Please note that the Indigenous Student Centre is closed until further notice and I am working remotely.

What is an Advisor?

Wondering what the difference is between the Indigenous Student Advisor and the Counsellors in Counselling Services?

An Advisor is a staff member that provides information about the many supports and resources available to students. An Advisor can guide and assist you in navigating the university system, explaining and clarifying institutional policies, describing the overarching expectations of students, and facilitating connections with other campus or community supports, resources or services.

Students can also access Counselling Services in the Vaccarino Centre for Student Wellness.