Ceremonies & Programming

Learn about various events and programs that support student social, physical, and academic well-being throughout the year. Events and opportunities are also held for the greater campus and city communities.


Aboriginal Education Advisors' Conference

In collaboration with Aboriginal Student Discovery Day, we host the Aboriginal Education Advisors' Conference which provides educators, advisors, and education portfolio holders who work with prospective Aboriginal post-secondary students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of programs, requirements, and the types of support services at the University of Alberta.

Aboriginal Student Council

The Aboriginal Student Council (ASC) is a student group on campus that unites its members for fun, friendship, and learning. ASC works closely with the First Peoples' House and other faculties and programs to provide both on campus and community events.

Indigenous Graduate Students' Association

Tansi! The Indigenous Graduate Students’ Association (IGSA) is a collective of diverse Indigenous-identifying graduate students at the University of Alberta. We became a registered graduate student group the U of A in 2018, and have since been successful in obtaining funding, gaining dedicated space on North Campus. 

Alumni Chapter

From 40 years of Aboriginal students coming through our doors to the 1100 current self-declared Aboriginal students, our First Peoples' House family continues to grow. The First Peoples' House Alumni Chapter connects and reconnects the alumni family through a variety of events and opportunities.

Breakfast with Babies

We bring together parents of young ones and pregnant mothers over breakfast to connect, share stories, build strength with one another, and remind them that they are not alone in their journey.

Bridges Orientation

The Bridges Orientation is a two-day orientation specifically for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, which includes a campus tour, attendance at the TAWOW Welcoming Event, the Find What Moves You! Introduction to Campus and Community Recreation, and much more.

Community Meals

Once a month we gather our community to share a meal together while sharing stories and meeting new friends from a variety of backgrounds and faculties. Meals include Stew and Bannock, Tacos in a bag, Balogna Madness, and more.


We welcome First Nation schools or schools with a high percentage of Aboriginal students on their first day of U-School. Our staff starts off the morning with a smudge, a tour of First Peoples' House, a light snack, followed by a presentation of the U of A and the amazing supportive programs available to students if they choose the U of A after high school.

Meet a Friend in Your Faculty

We host a meetup every month for students in specific faculties to connect with one another, showing that students of Aboriginal ancestry are not alone in their faculty. We hope these relationships will provide peer support, mentoring, story sharing, and strength building with one another.

Miyopimâtisiwin (Living the Good Life)

We want to inspire and challenge the FNMI population on campus to start living their best life through physical activity challenges and meet-ups, healthy snack and meal recipes, and inspiration for well-being.

Miyopimâtisiwin Golf Tournament

First Peoples' House invites interested individuals and corporations to join us in our vision to empower U of A First Nation, Métis, and Inuit learners on their journey of higher education.

Orange Shirt Day

On September 30, we encourage everyone to wear an orange shirt to honour and remember the experiences and loss of the thousands of children who were stolen from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.

The University of Alberta Annual Round Dance brings together children, friends, families, youth and Elders of our community to share stories, catch up on news, break bannock, and share some tea. It is a time to honour traditions and memories of our ancestors.

Convocation Honouring Ceremony

In the Spring of 1996, Chancellor Lou Hyndman agreed to the First Peoples' House (formerly Aboriginal Students Services Centre) request to have an Elder on stage during convocation to recognize and honour each First Nation, Métis, and Inuit graduate, along with the opportunity to wear traditional regalia when they cross the stage.

We congratulate and want to acknowledge the dedication and accomplishments of our First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students on their academic accomplishments by offering each Aboriginal graduating student to be part of an Honouring Ceremony. In preparation of the Honoring Ceremony for our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit graduates, we would like for each of our graduates to come into the First Peoples' House (2-400 SUB) or contact us at fph@ualberta.ca to complete the required Aboriginal Convocation Honoring Ceremony Form.

Lunch & Learn

Shell Lunch & Learn
Shell representatives join us three times a year to engage with students and inform them of the work and career opportunities specifically for Aboriginal students in various faculties. Shell's Aboriginal Employee Network (AbNet) is a valuable resource for new employees, supporting both cultural heritage and Shell's core values.

Enbridge Lunch & Learn
Enbridge is excited about building relationships with Aboriginal students on campus. At the Lunch and Learn events, Enbridge shares the future career opportunities they have for Aboriginal students from a variety of faculties.