What is the First Peoples’ House? The First Peoples’ House is a part of McGill Student Services. We are dedicated to providing support for Indigenous students at McGill by establishing a sense of community and being the first point of contact to help students with any questions or needs.
Who can use the First Peoples’ House’s services? Some of the House’s services such as advising, talking circles and any trips we take are dedicated to Indigenous students only, but many events and activities are open to everyone, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike. First Nations, Inuit and Métis students are given priority when applying for residence in the First Peoples’ House. All are welcome to attend Soup and Bannock lunches on Wednesday!
Who can I talk to for academic support? Our Indigenous Student Advisor is available to help students with a wide variety of academic issues. For almost any issue, she can help students navigate McGill’s services and refer them to the right person. To ask a question, simply fill out this form.
How many Indigenous students attend McGill? While it’s impossible to have an exact number, approximately 150 students identify themselves as being First Nations, Inuit, or Métis when applying to McGill.
What Indigenous-focused events occur at McGill and across Montreal? Every year, McGill organizes a Pow-Wow on the third Friday in September. In addition, the Indigenous Education Program at the Social Equity and Diversity Education Office holds an annual Indigenous Awareness Week, as well as a variety of other events throughout the school year. Become a member of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK and get notifications of community events happening in Montreal.
Does McGill offer an Indigenous Studies program? McGill does not currently offer any programs in Indigenous Studies, but there are a number of courses focusing on history, culture, language, geography and contemporary issues specific to Indigenous peoples. The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada will be launching a Indigenous Studies Minor in Fall 2014.
What kind of financial support is available to Indigenous students? Several organizations outside McGill offer scholarships to prospective or current Indigenous students. Here is a list of some of these opportunities. McGill’s Financial Aid Program also supports students in need of support.