Indigenous applicants

The Principal's Task Force on Diversity, Excellence and Community Engagement seeks to increase the number of qualified Indigenous students gaining admission to, and excelling in all programs at McGill University.

Therefore, we encourage all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis applicants to identify themselves on their application form and to submit a personal statement, as well as letters of recommendation and a resumé. This will allow admissions decision-makers to use McGill's Indigenous admission evaluation process and take into consideration the educational experiences particular to members of an Indigenous community that are not evaluated through the University's standard practices. It will also allow us to provide additional service and information to applicants about support services and funding opportunities for Indigenous at McGill.

Self-identification and provision of supporting documents is entirely optional for Indigenous applicants; furthermore, self-identification can in no way negatively impact the admission decision. McGill recognizes that Indigenous applicants, their communities and connections between the two are extremely varied. For some, Indigenous identity and community connection runs deep, for others it is less significant. If you consider yourself as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis, we hope that you will self-identify on your McGill application.

Indigenous Applicants Protocol

This information allows McGill to inform students about specific services and funding opportunities and to assess its progress in the recruitment and retention of students who have Indigenous affiliation with a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Hawaiian Native community. This includes 'Status,' 'Treaty,' or 'Registered' Indians, as well as 'Non-Status,' and 'Non-Registered' Indians. Providing this information is optional.

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to undergraduate medicine are invited to visit: mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/categories/indigenous  

Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to the Faculty of Law are invited to visit the Admissions Policy at mcgill.ca/law/bcl-llb/admissions-guide/indigenous-applicants

To assist the university in assessing applications from Indigenous applicants that are not evaluated through the University's standard practices, Indigenous applicants are encouraged to submit the following documentation:

  • a curriculum vitae of maximum two (2) pages; and
  • a personal statement of maximum two (2) pages in response to one of these three questions:
    • Did your Indigenous background play a role in your choice of program and your interest in this particular field?
    • Has an interest in, identification with, and connection to your Indigenous community affected your educational path and goals to this point? Explain.
    • What is unique or distinctive about you or your life story as an Indigenous applicant to university?

Applicants may also submit 1-2 reference letters from community representatives, employers, teachers, etc. who may also be telephoned for more details. Such applicants may also be contacted for interviews.

For further information, I invite you to have a look at First Peoples' House website, or reach out to

jeffrey.morneau [at] mcgill.ca      T: 514 398-6571

Indigenous Community Outreach Officers

Supporting documentation should be uploaded to Minerva. For programs in Enrolment Services, all items should be combined into one file, including the reference letters.


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