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Resources For Supporting Indigenous Students

Resources for Indigenous Students

Indigenous students face many obstacles in post-secondary and the cities where they are located. These can include racism, adequate housing, childcare and other key determinants of success. This is why it is critical to support our students in a variety of ways. Inclusive teaching methods, access to scholarships, building relationships and connecting to Indigenous student services is a good place to start. The resources below are focused on this topic.

Kina binoojiinyag gchinendaagsiwag (Every Child Matters/Chaque enfant compte) Scholarship

Established by Laurentian University’s Indigenous Sharing & Learning Centre. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to a full-time Laurentian University student who is Indigenous of any program in any year. Application required describing the applicant’s commitment to community and explaining why their education is important to them and their community. Student recipient will be selected by Laurentian’s Indigenous Student Affairs Office with priority preference given to applicants studying in the field of language revitalization.
Value is $500.
In order to apply for the award, please submit a letter by email to outlining how you meet the terms of the award.

Indigenous Student Affairs Desire2Learn (D2L) Page

Check out the ISA D2L page for listings of bursaries for Indigenous students available through Laurentian and in the community.

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation is a nationally registered non-profit organization dedicated to raison funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Aboriginal youth to achieve brighter futures. More than10$ million in bursaries and scholarships is available to Canadian Aboriginal students for their post-secondary education.


Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool

The Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool is a searchable list of 521 bursaries, scholarships and incentives across Canada.


Student loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries

Where to find money that can help pay for a college, university or apprenticeship program after high school.


Programs and funding for Indigenous people

Learn about Indigenous health and wellness strategy, youth work exchange and internship programs, education strategies, housing, legal help and Northern Ontario roads.

Anishnabeg Outreach

Offers employment counseling, resume and cover letter, assist students in preparing for their future entry into the labor market, provides career-related work experience and summer employment opportunities for students. Provides indigenous people with access to culturally appropriate services and strive to support individuals with direction and assistance to overcome barriers.


First Nations University of Canada

First Nation University is a unique Canadian institution that specializes in Indigenous knowledge, providing post-secondary education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike within a culturally supportive environment.


Think Indigenous

Think Indigenous is a special podcast mini-series, co-presented with the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan, that presents best practices and groundbreaking ideas in Indigenous education. Each episode of the show features an educator, speaker or teacher presenting their ideas and best practices in Indigenous education.


Chiefs of Ontario-Post Secondary Education Training

First Nations view post-secondary education and training as an integral component of lifelong learning. This website shares several important documents in regards to Post-Secondary Education.


Universities Canada-Indigenous student education

Indigenous peoples face significant barriers to postsecondary education. As a result, far fewer First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada have a university degree than non-Indigenous Canadians. Universities help advance reconciliation by revitalizing Indigenous languages, ensuring Indigenous representation in governance and leaderships structures, and bringing Indigenous knowledge and culture to campus.


Universities Canada-The role of Canada’s Universities in reconciliation

Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s Universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians.

Crisis Intervention Services

Crisis Services are free for people living or visiting in the Sudbury and Manitoulin Districts. They work with individuals of all ages and with your family and other supports if you agree to have them involved. They will help find a solution to the issues you are facing and provide brief counselling and referral to other programs or agencies that can help you.


Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA)

ONECA is comprised of First Nation Education Counsellors and helps Native People aspire to meet their potential through the on-going development and improvement of Native Counseling and Education services.   

Laurentian University Health & Wellness Services

Health & Wellness Services offers primary healthcare, health promotion and protection, disease and injury prevention advice, and emotional counselling.


Laurentian University Counselling

Counsellors listen and work with you to address personal issues and mental health concerns that may be interfering with your success as a student. They offer a range of services to promote effective learning, growth and personal development. Indigenous Student Councilors are also available through the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre (ISLC).


Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre

The indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre (ISLC), houses Indigenous Student Affairs. The ISLC, which officially opened on June 21, 2017, enhances cultural, social and supports academics for Indigenous learners. The Centre serves as a resource for Indigenous Student success by achieving objectives set out in Laurentians 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.

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Indigenous Student Affairs

Dedicated to promoting full access, participation and success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students. The indigenous Student Affairs’ Team strives to ensure a positive learning environment in a manner consistent with the Indigenous worldview.


Indigenous Student Circle

The Indigenous Students Circle works to support the academic endeavors of its members by promoting Indigenous culture and by supporting and developing opportunities for social and cultural interaction in the Laurentian community. An array of events are planned throughout the year including drum socials, traditional teachings with elders, brown-bag lunch lecture series, dinners and socials, and much more.


LUNEC (The Laurentian University Native Education Council)

The mandate of the LUNEC is to facilitate Native-self-determination by providing advice and recommendation on all matters related to Native education at Laurentian University.


The Waubetek Business Development Corporation is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled organization that delivers business financing and economic development services to First Nations and Aboriginal entrepreneurs in North-Eastern Ontario. Waubetek also delivers an aquaculture initiative in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.


Executive MBA in Indigenous Business & Leadership

The SFU Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership is the only accredited MBA program in North America addressed primarily at Indigenous business, economic development and governance. Designed for mid-career Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals, participants are proven leaders who share a concern for economic development, Nation-building, and self-determination. The program includes the core concepts and knowledge covered in most MBA programs but recognizes that traditional knowledge plays a significant role in decision-making in Indigenous communities. Students can live anywhere and continue to work by attending intensive one or two week sessions in Vancouver over a period of two years.


The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (ABBO)

The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario (ABBO) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of Aboriginal people in the trades in Ontario.