Ethan Joseph is a Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet First Nation) man who graduated high school in 2018. After moving to Victoria in 2019 and working for a while, he felt like he hadn’t progressed much in life, so he went to Camosun College to meet Indigenous education advisor Sekwan Webasca.
Sitting in the Indigenous office was an immediate comfort that pushed out the anxiety of being in the city and thinking about a new venture into education. Together they decided Camosun’s Indigenous Family Support (IFS) program would be perfect.
The program has widened Ethan’s knowledge and piqued his interest in furthering his education. Most importantly, it has given him a defined purpose along with helping him learn how to take care of himself by using structured journaling, healthier eating, daily walks, and a proper sleeping schedule. Moving from a small and isolated town to Victoria has been amazing at times but it has also been difficult to be so far away from family, friends, and culture. However, the classmates and teachers in Indigenous Family Support have been amazing people to lean on and Ethan wouldn’t have been as successful if they weren’t so special and caring.
At the end of his first year at Camosun College, Ethan is grateful to be in classes and working in practicum. He has made many memories, especially at his two terms of practicum working with youth at Craigflower Elementary and Central Middle School. These placements have cemented his hope to work with youth in the future. Every day is a new opportunity and challenge to be more responsible, be more professional, and to better oneself.
After finishing the IFS program, Ethan will be attending the Indigenous Studies with a lot of the same cohort from IFS. He is hoping to eventually return home with new skills and knowledge to support the future of his community.