Indigenous Students

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit prospective student, we have programs especially for you!



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Events and Workshops

Normally, we offer a number of events, workshops, and presentations for prospective Indigenous students throughout the year. This year, we're offering virtual events due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Learn more about upcoming events and register today on our Indigenous Student Events page!

Connect with Us

Whether you attend an Indigenous-focused event or get in touch with us directly, we’re here to help you get the answers you need on your path to the U of A. Get in touch with us directly at indigenous@ualberta.ca

Meet the Team

Our Indigenous Recruitment staff is here to help you on your journey to the University of Alberta. 

Trevor HeadshotTrevor J. Phillips
Manager, Indigenous Recruitment
780-919-9151 | tjp1@ualberta.ca
Aaron HeadshotAaron Lepine, BKin
Coordinator, Indigenous Post-Secondary Institution Recruitment
780-492-5607 | alepine@ualberta.ca

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Getting Here

Your path to the University of Alberta can be as unique as you are! We have many programs, funding opportunities, and other supports just for Indigenous students - find what’s right for you.

Transition Year Program 

The Transition Year Program (TYP) is for Indigenous students who may not be prepared to enter a faculty through the regular admissions route. TYP is not an upgrading program - it's a full-time, on-campus program that sets you up to enter a degree program in your second year.

The program has both academic and cultural components and will provide you with a strong network of support by getting to know other students in a small, intimate learning environment. Learn about program requirements and get ready to apply!

Show Your Pride: Self-Declare as Indigenous

Students show their pride in who they are and where they came from by self-declaring as Indigenous. When you self-declare, you may be eligible for scholarships, awards, and bursaries dedicated to Indigenous students and receive information about opportunities, jobs, events, and supports available to you. You can self-declare when completing your application, or any time online.

Scholarships and Awards

The University of Alberta offers scholarships, awards, and financial supports for Indigenous students:

Indigenous Entrance Scholarship
This scholarship for Indigenous students recognizes outstanding academic achievement in high school.
The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Awards
The First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Awards competition is available for students who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit people of Canada.
Turtle Spirit Pathway Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students
This award assists students who are entering the U of A and who have demonstrated financial challenges and barriers to attending university.

Funding and Payment

You may have the opportunity to attend university while being funded by your Band or a third party. Learn more about how Sponsorship works, and check out some of the resources below for more information:

First Nations Students
Inuit and Northern Students
Métis Students

Indigenous Studies

Indigenous-focused Studies

The University of Alberta is a leader in Indigenous studies in which you can make your main focus or an enhancement of your studies.

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Faculty of Native Studies

Did you know? The University of Alberta is home to the only independent Faculty of Native Studies in Canada, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and a Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnership, as well as several combined degrees.

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Engage North

Engage North is a pan-disciplinary University of Alberta program that provides opportunities for students to work with northern Indigenous communities and gain experience related to their field of study. 

Explore our Programs

The Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education are among the top choices for Indigenous students. Not sure what you want to study? Explore our Program Tool and take the quiz to find a program for you!


A Welcoming Community

Come join us! We are home to a growing and vibrant community of over 1,500 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Watch the video to learn more about how three of our students found their place at the University of Alberta.

First Peoples’ House

First Peoples' House is the hub of the Indigenous student community on campus and provides an environment of empowerment through dedicated programs, services, advising, staff, and scholarships.

Initiatives include Bridges Orientation, a welcoming ceremony, a Round Dance, drop-in tea & bannock, a student social space and computer lab, tutoring and advising services, Elders on campus, and Honouring ceremonies at graduation.

Dedicated Housing Options
We offer diverse on-campus housing options for Indigenous students. First Peoples' House works directly with Residence Services to offer secured residential options for single students, families, and student couples.
Indigenous Student Services (ISS)

ISS is housed in the community space within the Wahkohtowin Lodge on our Augustana Camrose Campus. The lodge enables First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students to gather and access dedicated academic and mental wellness supports available to Indigenous students. Some resources at ISS include: 

  • Indigenous student mentors 
  • Student advising 
  • Smudging 
  • Community gatherings and celebrations 
Culture and Ceremonies

Stay connected and grounded with your cultural teachings while you are at the U of A. Sit with elders, access our ceremonial room, and attend events that will keep you connected to your Indigenous roots.

Events like:

  • Welcoming ceremony (TAWOW) 
  • Round Dance 
  • Convocation Honouring Ceremony