First Peoples' House

We are open

We're here to support you! We may be working remotely but we're still "here" to provide you with the services that you need.

Please go to the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information page for the university's latest updates.

First Peoples' House

Standing true to our beliefs as First Peoples and guided by our cultural teachings, the First Peoples' House provides an environment of empowerment for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) learners to achieve personal and academic growth.

Our vision is to demonstrate our commitment to the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit student community on campus and provide services that reflect this responsibility. We will continue to honour the Indigenous worldview of education as a continuous ceremony of learning by respecting and supporting the voices and spirit of our student community at the University of Alberta. Learn more.

Service Notice

To support physical distancing benefits with regard to the spread of COVID-19, there are immediate changes to First Peoples' House operations. All in-person meetings and events have been cancelled for the remainder of Winter Term 2020, and the office will remain closed until further notice. FPH staff are available Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for remote services, including email, phone, or Google Hangout. Students are urged to email to access remote services.

Please fill out this form if you would like one of the team members at FPH to contact you. We will respond during our regular office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Please note our response times may be delayed due to higher than normal volume of requests.

Support available includes:

  • Writing mentors support
  • Tutoring
  • Transition Year Program 
  • Elders 
  • Housing 
  • Student wellness support 
  • Advocacy and support
  • Emergency bursaries 
  • Someone to talk to

Get the latest UAlberta updates to COVID-19.

During a situation like we’re experiencing with COVID-19, it's not uncommon to experience strong emotions. If you need to talk to someone, our Student Wellness Worker, Tracy Suter, is here to listen. She is available through email, phone or Google Hangouts. Tracy's email address is - feel free to contact her directly to set up an appointment. Please see the attached video message from Tracy.

 Our wonderful Elders, Francis Whiskeyjack and Elsey Gauthier, are still here to support you even though they are also working remotely. They are available to chat with students over the phone or by email. Please contact us at and we will connect you with them.


Staying active and connected is important. Learn more about accessing housing and funds for athletics or fitness.


Connect with services to help you excel in your academics while at the U of A. FPH offers tutors and a number of other supports to assist you in achieving your goals.


Learning about yourself and taking care of your mental health is important.


Stay connected and grounded with your cultural teachings while you are at the U of A. Connect with Elders, access our Ceremonial Room, and attend events that will ground you in your cultural roots.

Financial Resources

Scholarships and funding opportunities are available specifically to FNMI students, as well as information on budgeting and external financial resources.

Events and Programs

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.