Your generosity helps our students succeed! Your donations will be directed to one of our Funding Priorities. Gifts from alumni, staff and friends help us advance our programs and ensures you remain connected and a part of the Native Studies family.


Funding Priorities of the Faculty of Native Studies

The Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta is a global leader in teaching, learning and community-based research concerning Indigenous peoples and their histories and contemporary realities. The Faculty of Native Studies is the University of Alberta's longest running, most successful Indigenous engagement initiative. The Faculty's interdisciplinary programs and service to the community rest on a foundation of deep respect for the knowledge and traditions of Canada's First Peoples, and their place in contemporary Canada. It provides a common ground for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to explore and critically examine the historical and contemporary relations that concern Indigenous peoples that impact all facets of Canadian society.

Through consultation and needs assessment, the Faculty has identified the following leading priorities for charitable giving. We encourage our alumni and friends to consider these when contemplating a gift in support of Native Studies.

Indigenous Governance & Partnership Program Endowment

The Faculty of Native Studies seeks to develop sustained financial support for the Indigenous Governance and Partnership program to bridge the leadership gap that exists among Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. The program empowers students to develop the necessary understanding, competencies, tools and techniques to effectively lead, work and partner with Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses, communities, organizations and government. Its focus is on the development of knowledge while increasing analytical and applied skills suited to the unique governance issues and opportunities facing Indigenous peoples and their non-Indigenous partners.

"I never expected a University program to encourage me to ask tough questions, to be critical of current realities, to reshape and re-imagine the way I see the world. This new knowledge and experience has fostered a confidence in me that I can help create the change Indigenous people seek and indeed, this is exactly what I intend to do as I continue in my studies."

Kristy Isert (Myshaniuk), J.D. (2012)
B.A Native Studies (Honours) 2009
Indigenous Governance and Partnership Certificate 2009
BSc (Honours) 2008

"I applaud your Indigenous Governance and Partnership initiative. The Faculty of Native Studies is making great strides to break new ground in meeting the needs of our Indigenous Peoples and First Nations communities."

Dr. Wilton Littlechild
BPE 1967; MA 1975; LLB 1976 (Hon.) 2007
University of Alberta Member, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.


Native Studies Alumni Bursary Fund

The Native Studies Alumni Bursary Fund will help improve student financial aid through significant investments bursaries. Support in this area is designed to assist students experiencing financial shortfall for the current school’s academic year and basic living costs or a temporary unexpected financial emergency during the academic year. This will assist in relieving some of the financial burden our students face, and improve their ability to concentrate on their studies and succeed. This support will ensure that an education in Native Studies is accessible to as many students as possible.

Scholarships in Indigenous Studies (with an emphasis on Graduate Awards)

Scholarships and awards particularly for graduate students within the Faculty of Native Studies will create positive, sustainable and capacity building outcomes for organizations as well as their partners, customers and staff. Increased scholarships and awards will: 

  • improve access to post-secondary, graduate-level education for Indigenous peoples;
  • equip students with the skills and experiences to become successful educators ans researchers across the public and private sectors 

create the next generation of leaders with the critical understanding and skills to work in organizations and communities; 

  • support the personal and professional success of individual students who will become your future employees, partners and customers. 

An endowed scholarship fund, as well as named annual awards will support: 

  • graduate level students in their research and the achievement of their career goals, 
  • student recruitment and retention for years to come, 
  • students in financial need; assist single-parents, 
  • encourage volunteerism and community leadership, when criteria are included in award.