Indigenous students

The university acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, their aspirations, and their cultures and traditions.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Territories

UCalgary would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. We would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Fast facts

742 self-identified indigenous students on campus

70+ indigenous specific courses

1 on 1 cultural and spiritual advising

$1M in Scholarships, bursaries and awards

to indigenous students in 2018-2019

Featured stories

Two great Lakota honours: A star quilt and an eagle feather

Indigenous support adviser shares the story of her journey to UCalgary

The best way to learn more about joining our campus community is to sign-up now. From there, you can request more information and connect with your Indigenous recruiter! Sign-up now.

Indigenous students

Indigenous Student Access Program (ISAP)

This cohort-based transition-year program offers an alternative access route for Indigenous students to enter our post-secondary degree programs. In addition to taking first-year university courses, you’ll also receive enhanced academic support, including a designated advisor and one-on-one academic advising, access to cultural workshops, leadership training, peer support and tutorials. 

Learn more about ISAP

Writing Symbols Lodge

Your home on campus

Indigenous student orientation

Orientation offers workshops and activities to help you become familiar with the university before starting classes.

Read more about the Indigenous student orientation

ISSERT

Indigenous Student Success Empowerment and Re-Engagement Training (ISSERT)

ISSERT leadership training is customized to your academic and cultural needs and includes peer support.

Find out more about ISSERT

Cultural events

Cultural events are offered throughout the school year and include the Indigenous Knowledge lecture series, pipe ceremonies, workshops, Indigenous Awareness Week, social gatherings and more.

Find cultural events

Graduation banquet and powwow

Indigenous graduates participate in a traditional Powwow that includes a Circle of Honour, where graduates are celebrated and receive ceremonial gifts.

Learn more about the Graduation banquet and powwow

What's next?

Apply for awards and bursaries

Make sure you also fill out our online awards application to be considered for all our high school awards and bursaries including awards that have a preference to Indigenous applicants.

Search for awards

Check your application status

Log into your My UCalgary to access the Student Centre where you can check your application status and if there are any outstanding documents. Common checklist items include paying your application fee, transcripts or supplementary information.

Log in to your Student Centre

Proof of Indigenous Status

Before course registration, proof of Status may be required.

Learn more about the Indigenous admissions process documents