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Transition Year Program students Charles Blondin, Austin Kaduk, Roberta Alook, Brynn Klym, Tamara Belly, Teigan Harvey and Marc Doire

Empowering First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students

First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) students at the University of Alberta are investing not only in themselves but also into their communities and the larger community. FNMI students do not always have full access to all services and programs to enhance and support their success due to financial restraints and/or no personal support. If you would like to pay it forward and help FNMI students maximize their potential, please consider investing your time or monetary support.

Your donation to the First Peoples' House will help:

  • nurture a diverse, inclusive community of outstanding First Nation, Métis, and Inuit leaders from across North America,
  • increase enrollment, retention, and resources for FNMI students,
  • provide access to cultural programming and bring together community through ceremony, and
  • support student success and excellence.

Support First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students

Reimagining First Peoples’ House

The University of Alberta has started renovations to transform the former Herbert T. Coutts Library on North campus into a new home for First Peoples’ House, significantly increasing its size — and more importantly, increasing its capacity for holistic student supports through expanded programming, staffing and resources. 

The renovated First Peoples’ House will ensure that any First Nation, Métis and Inuit student that seeks support at the U of A will find exactly what they need to succeed and belong — in a space made just for them.

The U of A and First Peoples’ House are seeking philanthropic support to advance this project. The U of A has allotted $18 million towards the First Peoples’ House renovation. Philanthropic support of $6 million is needed to make the renovation a reality.

Once the renovations are complete, additional and ongoing funding will be needed to ensure First Peoples’ House’s life-changing and vital programming will meet the needs of the U of A’s growing and evolving FNMI student body.

Your generosity can ensure that every FNMI student can reach their academic and personal potential in a culturally supportive environment. Together, we can create a home away from home for all First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners at the U of A today and for generations to come.

Renovation Fund

For more information about supporting the First Peoples' House renovation, contact:

Mandy Quon, Assistant Dean, Development, Dean of Students


Phone: 780-982-3098


Dorothy Sutton hugs Transition Year Program administrator Lisa Ladouceur at Faculty of Native Studies’ Tea and Bannock.
Endowed fund supports a ‘home away from home’ for FNMI students

First Peoples’ House offers programs and services to help Indigenous students achieve academic success and personal growth, made possible with the generosity and support of folks like Dorothy and Darrel Sutton.

Clearing the way for educational success

The Transition Year Program (TYP) and First Peoples' House creates supportive and inclusive environments for FNMI students pursuing STEM-related fields.