Development and Evaluation of a Peer Mentorship Program for Aboriginal University Students

  • Jennine S Rawana York University
  • Daniella D Sieukaran Simon Frasier University
  • Hien T Nguyen York University
  • Randy Pitawanakwat York University


Although Aboriginal students encounter educational challenges, few post-secondary mentorship programs that facilitate positive educational and mental health outcomes within this population are described in the literature. This study describes the development and evaluation of a mentorship program for Aboriginal university students. Program development was informed by a literature review and needs assessment. Using a mixed-methods design, 12 Aboriginal students completed pre- and post-program measures of resilience and ethnic identity awareness. Post-program, improvements in social competence resiliency, other-group ethnic orientation, and school engagement were identified. Research and community stakeholders are encouraged to develop mentorship programs to improve the well-being of Aboriginal students.


Author Biographies

Jennine S Rawana, York University

Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor

Daniella D Sieukaran, Simon Frasier University

Department of Psychology

Master's Student

Hien T Nguyen, York University

Department of Psychology

Doctoral Student

Randy Pitawanakwat, York University

Coordinator, Aboriginal Student Services

Centre for Aboriginal Student Services

How to Cite
Rawana, J. S., Sieukaran, D. D., Nguyen, H. T., & Pitawanakwat, R. (2015). Development and Evaluation of a Peer Mentorship Program for Aboriginal University Students. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 38(2), 1-34. Retrieved from