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Ontario Universities’ Aboriginal Student Resource Portal

A dedicated resource that provides information on supports and services to Aboriginal students interested in, or already attending an Ontario university.

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Algoma University

 

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Algoma University was established in 1965 and is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma University is a small, undergraduate, teaching focussed university that places an emphasis on serving the needs of Northern Ontario. Algoma University offers a wide range of degrees spanning the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.  As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma University has a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Aboriginal populations and other communities. Algoma University also offers satellite programming in Brampton and Timmins.

Located on the site of the former Shingwauk Indian Residential School, Algoma University offers a unique and historically rich setting for a cross-cultural community where Anishinaabe (First Nation, Metis and Inuit), Canadian and International students and faculty learn from each other in a spirit of friendship and respect. Algoma is committed to providing an educational environment for Anishinaabe students that is respectful, inclusive and welcoming. For more information, please visit www.algomau.ca.

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Brock University

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With nearly 19,000 students, Brock University has over 70 undergraduate and 47 graduate and doctoral programs. Located an hour west of Toronto, Brock is one of a handful of world universities that is situated in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The university is committed to being a partner of change for its host region: students and staff engage with Niagara communities through a full range of academic, cultural, and volunteer capacities. For more information, please visit https://www.brocku.ca/

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Carleton University

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Carleton is a dynamic and innovative university in Ottawa with over 28,000 students and approximately 2,000 faculty and staff. Carleton’s contemporary mission reflects both its past and its present: it is a student-centred, independent, collegial university dedicated to excellence in the advancement of learning through disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, study and research, the creation and dissemination of knowledge, and the betterment of local and global communities. For more information, please visit http://carleton.ca/

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University of Guelph

 

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The University of Guelph (U of G) is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities. It is known for its enthusiastic student community, supportive atmosphere, and beautiful campus. Located one hour west of Toronto, U of G offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate programs, and is home to just over 22,000 students. For more information, please visit http://www.uoguelph.ca/

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Lakehead University

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Lakehead University believes in the intellectual freedom of students to pursue the unconventional, and provides its students with an education that is more about how to think, not what to think. Lakehead’s campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario promise a transformative university experience that’s far from ordinary — a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities — so each student may realize their unique journey and dreams of success. For more information, please visit https://www.lakeheadu.ca/

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Laurentian University

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Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience: over 175 degree programs, a vibrant multi-cultural atmosphere, and a campus bordered by fresh-water lakes in the northern Ontario city of Greater Sudbury. As part of the university’s inclusive approach to Indigenous Studies, you can take it in English or French. Laurentian prepares you as agents of change and empowers you to create innovative responses to local and global challenges. For more information, please visit https://laurentian.ca/

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McMaster University

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McMaster is research-focused, student-centred, and dedicated to pursuing excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. McMaster is known for its strengths in community-engaged learning, interdisciplinary teaching, and research, as evidenced in renowned programs within Arts and Science, Integrated Science, and Health Sciences. Its campus is located in the west end of the diverse city of Hamilton, adjacent to Cootes Paradise wetland and the Royal Botanical Gardens. For more information, please visit http://www.mcmaster.ca/

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Nipissing University

 

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Nipissing is a young, dynamic institution in North Bay that alters the lives of students, graduates, faculty, and communities. Through innovation and a commitment to students, the university has grown to become a destination of choice for students seeking to reach their full potential. Nipissing is renowned for its ability to provide a personalized education marked by a supportive community. Undergraduate students can participate in original research and engage in enriching co-curricular activities. For more information, please visit http://www.nipissingu.ca/

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OCAD University

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OCAD University (OCAD U) is Canada’s university of the imagination, engaged in transformative education, scholarship, research, and innovation. Located in Toronto, OCAD U offers programs such as Advertising, Digital Futures, Drawing and Painting, and Indigenous Visual Culture. It makes vital contributions to the fields of art, design, and media through local and global cultural initiatives, while providing expert knowledge and discovery across a wide range of disciplines. For more information, please visit http://www.ocadu.ca/

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University of Ontario Institute of Technology

 

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It takes courage to take a chance on yourself, and our university wants to help you achieve your goals. We’re the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), located in Oshawa, Ontario (eastern Greater Toronto Area). We’re a relatively new university, and we’ve grown out of a bold, ambitious vision: to take on the challenges we face as a society, and find solutions to meet and exceed tomorrow’s needs. UOIT teaches students new approaches to problem-solving and innovative uses of technology. When you graduate with us, you will be even more of what we like to call “citizen-leaders”: people with technological knowledge and a strong spirit – professionals who can excel in the workplace and lead their peers. For more information, please visit http://www.uoit.ca/

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University of Ottawa

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The University of Ottawa (uOttawa), located in the capital of Canada, is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. It ranks among Top 10 research universities in Canada, due to its breakthroughs in health, science, social sciences, and the humanities. It is a vibrant centre of learning, with over 48,000 students, teaching and support staff. Its faculties and schools offer approximately 5,000 courses in over 300 programs at the undergraduate level. For more informations, please visit https://www.uottawa.ca/en

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Queen’s University

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Queen’s University, located in Kingston, Ontario, is one of Canada’s oldest universities. Every day, more than 30,000 researchers, scholars, artists, professors, and students from around the world learn, think and discover, within Queen’s supportive environment. Your university experience at Queen’s includes academically rigorous programs, experiential learning opportunities, interactions with leading researchers, an unrivalled spirit, and a strong sense of community that welcomes people from around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.queensu.ca/

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Ryerson University

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Ryerson is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 Master’s and PhD students. The university offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, and a wide range of scholarly, research and creative activities that respond to real-world challenges. Culturally diverse and inclusive, Ryerson is an integral part of its community: proudly integrated into Toronto’s urban core, and attracting talented students and faculty, innovation opportunities and global connections to the city. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca.

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University of Toronto

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The University of Toronto is one of the most respected and influential institutions of higher education and advanced research in the world. The university is home to a vibrant and diverse academic community with three distinctive campuses and many partner sites, including world-renowned hospitals. U of T welcomes students of the highest calibre from across Canada and around the world who come to study with accomplished researchers and scholars. For more information please visit https://www.utoronto.ca/

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Trent University

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Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent University attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. At Trent, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities.

One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University is proud of its role as a renowned leader in Indigenous Education. For more than 50 years, Trent has incorporated traditional teaching and perspectives into its curricular and extra-curricular programming. In fact, Trent’s ground-breaking leadership in Indigenous Studies dates back to our beginnings, when we became the first university in Canada to establish Indigenous Studies undergraduate and graduate programs.

Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA. Both campuses are located on the Traditional Territories of the Anishinaabe and Algonquin Peoples. For more information, please visit www.trentu.ca.

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University of Waterloo

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University of Waterloo is Canada’s innovation university — home to the world’s largest co-operative education program, a research-rich environment and a uniquely entrepreneurial culture that encourages risk-taking and experimentation. Connected and innovative, Waterloo has spawned thousands of commercial and social enterprises, and provides an outstanding learning and research experience for more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/

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Western University

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Founded in 1878, we deliver ‘The Western Experience’, an exemplary learning experience that engages the best and brightest people challenging them to meet ever-higher standards in the classroom and beyond.

We inform every dimension of a student – intellectual, social, cultural as well as physical. From our home in London, Ont., Canada, outward across every continent, Western prepares future leaders to succeed.

Considered Canada’s most beautiful university, Western’s main campus spans 400 acres of Gothic-style buildings mixed with modern, LEED-certified structures provide an idyllic environment for our community of scholars. For more information, visit www.uwo.ca.

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Wilfrid Laurier University

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Wilfrid Laurier University has a deep commitment to both teaching and research, combined with a strong student focus and distinct sense of community. The university’s innovative approach to education purposefully integrates the academic experience with a rich variety of experiential learning opportunities. Laurier has campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, and locations in Kitchener and Toronto. For more information, please visit http://www.wlu.ca/

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University of Windsor

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The University of Windsor is a student-focused, comprehensive university located next to North America’s busiest international border crossing on the Detroit River waterfront. The university has over 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, and professional schools, including Law, Business, Engineering, Education, Nursing, Human Kinetics and Social Work, to make their communities better places through education, innovation, scholarship, research, and engagement. For information, please visit http://www.uwindsor.ca/

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York University

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York University, located in Toronto, Ontario, is helping shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. Our unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that set us apart. As an internationally recognized research university, York’s 11 faculties and 27 research centres have well-established partnerships with 280+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada with a strong community of 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 275,000 alumni. For more information, please visit http://about.yorku.ca/

York University recognizes that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which our campuses are located. We acknowledge our presence on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Huron-Wendat Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Métis Nation of Ontario.

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Student Resource Hub

The Ontario University Aboriginal Student Resource Portal brings together a wealth of resources, tools and best practices pulled together from each of its 20 member institutions. These have been provided with a unique focus on meeting the needs of the Aboriginal postsecondary education community. Whether its providing support for practical matters, or spiritual ones, this portal is dedicated to Aboriginal students and their families.

To explore the portal’s student services, check out the links to the left.

Admissions – How am I going to get to university?

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You have decided to apply to university – congratulations! As you prepare your applications and explore programs that interest you, it is important that you research your options thoroughly and keep track of any deadlines. On this resource page, you will find information on steps for applying to university.

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  • Admissions Forms
  • Funding Options
  • Program Options
  • Mature Learner Policies

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Academics – What am I going to study?

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When it comes to choosing what you’re going to study, the choices at university can be overwhelming at first. But once you start to sort through the choices based on your interests and enjoyment, you will find the program that suits you. On this resource page, you will find examples of types of programs that you can choose to study, as well as types of academic services that will help support your success at university.

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  • Academic Programs
  • Academic Support Services
  • Accessible Learning Services

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Financial Aid – How am I going to pay for school?

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University is an investment in your future, and there are a number of ways you can finance this investment, such as scholarships, bursaries, and loans. Navigating these applications can sometimes feel as tricky as trying to get out of a maze. On this resource page, you will find information to guide you through the application process for financial aid, scholarships, and bursaries, and to help you manage your own budgets while at university.

Most universities have a financial aid or financial services office that can provide you with resources on financial aid, specific student awards, and application processes. Check out the website of your university’s Financial Aid Office or give the office a call with questions you might have. Find out more information about specific financial aid offices on our university profile pages.

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  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Community Financial Aid
  • OSAP
  • Budgeting and Managing Money

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Aboriginal Student Services – Where will I find community?

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Connecting with your community on campus is important whether you are attending a university that’s far from home or one just around the corner. To help with your transition to university life and study, an Aboriginal Student Centre is located in each of Ontario’s universities. The centre provides a safe and supportive environment to help you to balance your academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.

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  • Cultural Programming
  • Academic Support
  • Community Enagement

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Student Life – How can I make the most of my university experience?

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It’s important to maintain a healthy school and life balance at university. Universities offer you many opportunities to get involved in the local community and to explore other interests outside of the classroom. On this resource page, you will find information on housing, student life, campus clubs and societies, student services, athletics and recreation, and transportation.

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  • Housing
  • Orientation Week Activities
  • Campus Clubs and Societies
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Student Services
  • Transportation

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Well-Being – How can I stay healthy?

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Sometimes university life can feel like a daily juggling act among classes, friends, and work. Taking time for yourself might not always make your urgent to-do list. To help you move toward a healthier and more balanced life, your university offers mental, physical, and spiritual health services with the goal of wellness in body, mind, and spirit.

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  • Mental Health and Counselling Services
  • Medical Health Services
  • Spiritual Health Services
  • Wellness Resources

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Welcome Parents!

University can be an adventure for learners and their families, and sending your son or daughter to university often comes with uncertainties and questions. Your learner will meet new people, interact with new environments, and explore new ideas. Whether your learner leaves your community or stays close to home, transitioning to university life will bring both its rewards and its challenges.

On this resource page, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about transitioning to university, living on campus, available services, campus safety, and more. Also check out each university’s website, as many schools have information developed specifically for parents and guardians, and visit our university profiles for resources you might find helpful.

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