Meet the Team

Camille Louis - Aboriginal Liaison Specialist

Camille Louis, Manager

Camille Louis is from Montana First Nation in Maskwacîs. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design, she worked in various roles with Indigenous people, as well as supervised intercultural youth programs overseas. Camille enjoys staying connected to her Cree culture and practicing Nehiyawewin (the Cree language).

Camille has received 2 Shine Awards at NAIT: the Excellence in Extraordinary Times award in 2021 for her work with the Nîsôhkamâtotân team during the height of the pandemic, and the Shine Award for Team Collaboration in 2023 for her work with NAIT’s Building Intercultural Competence course.

Since joining the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre in 2014, Camille’s role has expanded to include the development and facilitation of courses and workshops that focus on Aboriginal awareness. Camille is also a trained facilitator for KAIROS Canada’s Blanket Exercise.


Sharyn Cree

Sharyn Cree, Aboriginal Liaison Specialist

Sharyn Cree is from Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. Sharyn's academic journey led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, graduating with distinction from MacEwan University.

Sharyn understands the importance of maintaining a strong cultural identity.  Since she joined NAIT in 2022, the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre has provided her with the opportunity to not only stay connected with her roots but help others do the same. This role has allowed her to channel her lived experience into meaningful guidance for students seeking post-secondary education.


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Lonny Potts, Cultural Advisor

Lonny Potts brings a breadth of lived and cultural knowledge to help guide students as they learn and navigate through their post-secondary experiences. Lonny  is a drummer and singer from Paul First Nation in Wabamun, Alberta. For decades, he’s worked with Elders to learn Indigenous ways of knowing and doing, becoming an Elder’s helper traditional ceremonies. He studied Native Studies at the University of Alberta and worked for several years as a liaison officer in Edmonton’s Remand Centre. Previously, he worked as Indigenous Cultural Helper supporting mental health at the Rotary House, and Knowledge Keeper at Alberta Health Services.

Lonny joined NAIT as cultural advisor in September 2023. In his role, he leads men’s circles, sharing Indigenous protocol and tradition. He is also available to connect NAIT students and share his cultural knowledge to provide them with guidance and mentorship.


Heather Jimmy

Heather Jimmy, Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre Support

As a member of Thunderchild First Nation, she understands the unique experience Indigenous students have while furthering their education. After graduating high school in Cold Lake, AB, she enjoyed a visual merchandising career in Edmonton before beginning her time at NAIT, where she studied Biological Sciences - Laboratory Research & Biotechnology. While gaining new skills in the program, she further understood the value of education and the importance of maintaining her Cree & Ojibwe cultural identity.

Once she received her diploma, she went on to work at University of Alberta in the Biorefining Conversions and Fermentation Laboratory. Following this, she returned to NAIT as part of a team leading customer experience at Shop at NAIT. She now brings her blend of experience to the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre with a commitment to collaboration and student success. In her role, Heather contributes to a welcoming environment where students feel heard, valued, and supported to navigate their post secondary journey.

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