Indigenous admissions process

The purpose of the Indigenous admissions process is to support participation and success at the University of Calgary for Indigenous students and to enrich the intellectual and cultural life at the university.

Frequently asked questions about the Indigenous admissions process

If you have self-identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) on your application form, you will automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous admissions process, if needed.

  • First Nations/Status Indian
  • First Nations/Non-Status Indian
  • Métis
  • Inuit

We consider your application using the university’s regular competitive admission average. If necessary, we will automatically review your application under the Indigenous process if you have self-identified on your application for admission.

Visit our how to apply page to learn more about the steps to apply for admission.

If you have questions about the status of your application, please check your Student Centre (

If you have questions about programs, admission or Indigenous support on-campus, contact your student recruitment advisor either by phone (1.403.210.7211) or email (

We’ll send you an admission package that contains all of the details of your admission offer. You’ll need to accept or decline your admission offer in your Student Centre ( and pay your admission deposit by the specified deadline.

If you’re granted admission under the Indigenous admissions process, you will be asked to submit documentation to verify your status before registering for classes. You may choose to do this by taking one of the following actions:

  • Upload a photocopy of your Native, Inuit, or Métis status card to your Student Centre ( or fax to 403.220.0762. 
  • Contact the Writing Symbols Lodge to determine an alternative way of verifying your Indigenous status (


Indigenous admissions process documents

The University of Calgary recognizes the following documentation for verifying Indigenous status:

1. Certificate of Indian Status (Status Card), issued by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Older Status cards may still be used, but if the “valid to” date has passed, students are encouraged to order a new card.

2. Letter from a government-registered First Nations community verifying the student is a member of that First Nation.

3. Band Members who do not have Status can provide a letter from their Band or First Nation on appropriate letterhead and signed by a Band Administrator.

4. Non-status individuals with a Status parent or grandparent, may provide a long-form birth certificate with supporting documents of Indigenous identity from a parent or grandparent.

5. Métis card issued by a member Nation of Métis National Council of Canada, including Métis Nation British Columbia, the Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation of Ontario and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation.

6. Letter or membership card from one of the member Nations of the Métis Settlements General Council including Buffalo Lake, East Prairie, Elizabeth Lake, Fishing Lake, Gift Lake, Kikino, Paddle Prairie and Peavine.

7. Inuit Beneficiary cards issued through Nunavut Trust.  

8. Letter from a government organization such as Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik, Makivik Corporation or Nunatsiavut in Labrador. 

9. Letter of support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

10. Inuit beneficiary card.

11. Letter from a recognized First Nations community similar to that provided for a person who has Status.

12. Letter from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and/or one of its affiliated provincial organizations.

13. A letter of support from a First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) organization that is a legal entity, who can attest to a student’s indigenous ancestry.

If the above documentation is not available, students are encouraged to contact Writing Symbols Lodge for support and advice regarding documentation. Find out more.