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About First Peoples' House

First Peoples’ House is a student service centre for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at the University of Alberta. We are the heart of the Indigenous student community on campus. We offer programs and services that are designed to help students achieve academic success and personal growth. 

In short, we empower our students to become better versions of themselves. We are honoured to be a part of your academic journey.

What programs & services does First Peoples’ House offer?

When it comes to our programs, services and supports, we use the medicine wheel as our guide. 

The Medicine Wheel is an ancient symbol of the universe used to help people understand things or ideas that often cannot be seen physically. It reflects the cosmic order and the unity of all things in the universe. 

The medicine wheel teaches us that balance is essential for our development as healthy and happy individuals. To find this balance, we must equally develop the four aspects of our being - the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Being out of balance can negatively impact our development and overall health and wellness. 

That is why we have programs and services dedicated to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of our students. We also have financial support since financial wellbeing is an important aspect of a student’s life. 

Elder Elsey explains the Medicine Wheel
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